Well, good morning to all of you.
And let me, first of all, congratulate what you have demonstrated right now an agility in transforming yourself.
You looked a little bit dark, a little bit gray.
You look fantastically transparent and full of beautiful umbrellas in the back.
And thank you chairman for introducing the rain.
It is a great honor to return to IIT and celebrate together.
I would like to thank President Anderson for his kind invitation.
To thank faculty members, board members, students, parents, grandparents, family members.
And I would like to thank you for your patience and warm welcome.
Let me start with a full disclosure.
Back many years ago, I was indeed a member of the international advisory council of IIT,
but this is not the reason why I want to disclose fully.
Fully disclosure of my highly personal interest in today's ceremony.
I am the proud mother of one of the 2,591 graduates whose accomplishments are being recognized today.
And as an immensely proud mum... as an immensely proud mum,
I would like to extend a special welcome to all families and friends who are joining this wonderful commencement exercise.
It's a joyous moment for all of us.
这是我们所有人的快乐时光。And today, the center of our universe is right here in Chicago, on the Ed Glancy Field.
Today you, the graduates of this great university, have the right to feel like the new masters of the academic universe.
Hard work, boundless energy, relentless curiosity, and incredible talent:
these are some of the qualities that helped you achieve success in the classroom.
And these are the same qualities that will help you achieve success
and that will bring to bear on some of the world's most exciting challenges.
And believe me, there are plenty of those.
In other words, after having written the prologue,
you are now ready to draft your 21st-century legacies in engineering, architecture, business, design, science and technology, and law.
What an incredible privilege and what a responsibility!
Of course, many of you already know that the line from college to career is unlikely to be perfectly straight.
It will have ups and downs, plenty of twists and turns, and probably a few of bumps along the way.
But many of you will also realize that your starting point could not be better.
This is why we are here today -- to celebrate the beginning of your journey, the starting point of a new adventure.
It is a day of hope. It is a day of promise. It is a day of joy.
这是充满希望的一天。这是充满诺言的一天。也是充满快乐的一天。With this in mind, I would like to talk about three things that could, could help along the journey:
First, reinventing yourself and welcoming change and risks.
Second, standing up for your values and ideas.
Third, encouraging transformational change in others.
Now if you indulge me, I would like to introduce these points by briefly recounting personal experiences that have shaped my own life.