On Sunday, September 18, 2016, 2pm, Matriculation Ceremony for class of 2016 was held at International Conference Hall, third floor, Sichuan University – The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction (IDMR). Gerald D. Holder, the Dean of Swanson School of Engineering, Xie Heping, the President of Sichuan University, Li Guangxian, the Executive Vice President, Bu Hong, the Vice President,Yan Shijing, the Vice President, Minking Chyu, the Dean of Sichuan University – Pittsburgh Institute (SCUPI), Gretchen Kalonji,Dean of IDMR, Michael Reed, the Associate Dean of SCUPI attended the ceremony. Representatives from other departments and schools, all faculty, staff, and sophomore students from SCUPI, and over 100 parents attended the ceremony to celebrate the second class of 160 students’ beginning of their academic journey at the SCUPI. The Executive Vice President of Sichuan University, Li Guangxian chaired the matriculation ceremony.
President Xie gave a welcome speech to congratulate the class of 2016 students for becoming a SCUPIAN, and he also extended his gratitude to Chancellor Gallagher and Dean Holder for their effort and support on the Institute. He expressed his expectation to class of 2016, be independent, be responsible and to expand international outlook.
Dean Gerald D. Holder gave a warm welcome to the new students on behalf of Chancellor Patrick Gallagher. He expressed his gratitude to the leadership of Sichuan University on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh. Dean Holder encouraged SCUPI students to use their university experience and the knowledge they gain to become global citizens.
Six student representatives came up to the stage and took the oath of Honor Code on behalf of all students and signed their names on Matriculation Book. 30 students representatives came up to the stage and shook their hands with President Xie, Dean Holder, and Dean Chyu, and accepted SCUPI badges, which symbolized a brand new chapter of their academic life.
Student representative, He Miao, from Industrial Engineering Program, gave a speech on behalf of all students.
The inaugural Dean of the SCUPI, Minking Chyu gave three suggestions in his speech: be more participating and more engaged, control your time and do not let time control you, follow closely the Honor Code. Dean Chyu also announced the scholarship winners of 2015-2016 academic year including Dean's list, Academic Stars and The Best Academic Achiever. For last year, there is a tie, there are two excellent students awarded for the Best Academic Achiever with GPA of 4.0 out 4.0, and they will receive 60,000 rmb, crystal plaque and a certificate. Then, Bella Luo Yunxuan from Mechanical Engineering gave a speech on behalf of all scholarship winners.
Freshmen and sophomore students gave superb performances including Rap, dance, guitar and singing. Reception was held after the matriculation ceremony for students and parents to get to know each other, faculty and staff well.