Teachers and Students, Good Morning. We are so happy to have you in this family.
Class of 2018, welcome to your school, your campus and your home for the next three, four, even five years. It is a matter of great pleasure and honor for me to welcome the new students of Sichuan Agricultural University. I don’t know if you all have noticed or not, but there has been an air of excitement at the roads, classrooms, labs, and dormitories for the past two weeks and this excitement has reached to peak today when you all gathered this room, and it is all because of you. I hope that after today you all will have some good friends for games, activities, and discussion, and also have a lot of historical information about SICAU in a small period of time. For example, this prestigious university has the history of working of 112 years for the betterment of farmers and has remained successful in producing the positive results. I sat where you are sitting now exactly two years ago for me the great lesson which I learned here is that I was not the only one like me, I came from a small city of Pakistan where I felt I was outgrowing the resources available to me. Interestingly, the size of this university is bigger than my entire city. At SICAU, I found other people who were interested and passionate about the same thing that I was. For the first time in my life, I was not the only who I knew that have a dream to search for new things. My love for search and innovation came together over here on the first floor of this building when I got the excellent student award in my second? year of Ph.D. here at SICAU. Each of you here today has a different story to tell about why you are here at SICAU, for some SICAU has the 4th best institute for animal research and for some SICAU has the 2nd best college for intercropping research in China to graduate, so no matter who you are and where you want to go SICAU truly has the place from where you will learn the new scientific knowledge and can serve the world in a better way after getting the degree from here. In the last two years of my stay here in Sichuan Agricultural University, I have experienced a great learning environment and found friends who helped me a lot in every aspect of my life and research. An education at SICAU is giving me the opportunity to shape my own future and allow me to walk on my own path. You will find a community here and place to call home, there is a place at SICAU for everyone to do and learn about the things that you care about from music to science, from sports to service. After the ceremony you can talk to your seniors and me we will tell you where you will find your place. As you proceed your own path remember who you are and where you are. Everyone here now shares common SICAU roots so as you move on passed SICAU remember that once an Eagle always an Eagle.
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In the end, again on the behalf of entire senior students, I welcome you all and I hope that your determination and thrust for education and modern research will bring respect, honor, and excellence for yourselves and for this University. ALLAH bless you all. Ameen.