2020 HWIS Commencement

Dear Graduates, Parents, Guardians, and Staff,

I am honored to be able to take this opportunity to formally introduce the Class of 2020. This is a significant occasion for many reasons. We are all members of a young tradition and history that is Hong Wen International School. To be the beacon of hope, future, and pride in this wonderful school is an honor. To be the 2nd graduating class from this institution is exciting. And, to be leaving behind a legacy of achievement is profound and impactful. This senior class has demonstrated a propensity to succeed on the largest of stages. Be it in the classroom, on the competition surface, on a stage, or in the community, this class has displayed their talents, passions, skills, accomplishments, and achievements. 

The work, dedication, excellence, and success of our students and staff have been nothing but excellent. Our results were tremendous. 100% of our students made it into universities in England, the USA and Australia. This accomplishment and recognition is a testament to the demonstration of respect, responsibility, and pride this senior class has embraced, the relationships they have fostered, and the achievement they have attained. For this, I am grateful.

Now, on behalf of the HWIS Staff, I would like to thank the Class of 2020 for the indelible mark they have left on our learning community, on our hearts, and on me, personally. We will be forever grateful for the impact you have had on our school.

The quote by Harvey MacKay said, “None of us got to where we are alone. Whether the assistance we received was obvious or subtle, acknowledging someone’s help is a big part of understanding the importance of saying thank you.” Some of you would say that we have assisted you, however, I would argue that you have taught us more about service, love, passion, commitment, and character than we could have hoped to teach you. For that, we are thankful to have gotten to know and grow with you. 

As you move on, I need you all to know that I am proud of you. I am hopeful and confident you will find success wherever your future may lead. At a graduation ceremony, actor Jim Carey suggested, “You can fail at what you don't want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love." I encourage each one of you to chase something you love and do it with the respect, responsibility, pride, and focus on relationships that have defined your high school experience.  If you do that, you will be wildly successful, and most importantly, make yourself proud. To this group of seniors, I wish you nothing but success and happiness. 

Love you all,

Victor Chen, Program Director


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