On the morning of August 31st, the Beihang University 2018 Undergraduate Students Opening Ceremony took place at the gymnasium of Shahe campus, Beihang University. Beihang Party Committee Secretary Cao Shumin, President Xu Huibin, Discipline Inspection Commission Secretary He Xinzhou, Vice Presidents Liu Shuchun, Fang Jiancheng, Huang Haijun and Wang Yunpeng, heads from various schools, colleges and divisions, as well as the freshmen’s supervisors, counselors and teacher representatives attended the event. Vice President Huang Haijun presided over the ceremony.
The ceremony officially kicked off with the solemn national anthem of China. Beihang Party Committee Secretary Cao Shumin announced the winners of special scholarships for the freshmen from the class of 2018, and congratulated all the students who won the prizes.
On behalf of all the faculty members and students of Beihang University, President Xu Huibin extended his warm welcome and hearty congratulations to the 3909 freshmen from all around the country. He delivered the keynote speech entitled “Be the Master of Your College Life”, encouraging the students to maintain the inspiring mood, think positively and act quickly, and strive to be the real master of their college life. He noted that what make the university unique and wonderful are not only the exquisite buildings, precise instruments, outstanding teachers and excellent students, but also the free environment for pursuing the dreams, the space for self-exploration and the spirit of self-improvement.
In his speech, President Xu raised three expectations for the freshmen: self-exploration, self-enrichment and self-transcending. He reviewed the brilliant history of the university and inspired the students to inherit Beihanger's courage to face up to the challenge and the spirit of innovation and breakthrough, and to achieve new success with new splendor.
Luo Menglan, one of the new undergraduate students from Shie College, and Liu Zuxin, a student from the School of Instrumentation Science and Opto-electronics Engineering, spoke on behalf of all the new freshmen and all the undergraduates respectively.
Professor Ma Dianfu, as a teacher representative, addressed the freshmen and expressed his expectation for students’ college life. He hoped that the students can be both ambitious and down-to-earth, striving to become the proud new generation of Beihangers with wholehearted enthusiasm.
The opening ceremony came to a successful close in the melodious melody with all teachers and students chorusing the Beihang Anthem “Looking up at the Starry Sky”.
Reported by Song Chao
Photographed by Song Chao, Di Bailu, Yin Jiangxushan, and Ding Beining
Edited by Songchao and Lyu Xingyun
Translated by Lyu Xingyun