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On the morning of September 5th, USTB held the Opening Ceremony for 2022 freshmen on the sports field. Participating USTB leaders include Mr. WU Guilong, Chancellor of USTB; Prof. YANG Renshu, President of USTB; Mr. DAI Jinggang, Vice Chancellor and Secretary General of the Discipline Inspection Committee of USTB; Prof. LV Zhaoping, Prof. ZHANG Weidong and Prof. WANG Luning, Vice Presidents of USTB; Prof. YU Chengwen and Prof. SUN Jinghong, Vice Chancellors of USTB; as well as heads and directors from different Departments and Schools. A total of 3,519 undergraduates of the class of 2026 attended the ceremony, the ceremony was broadcasted online simultaneously.
Vice Chancellor YU Chengwen presided over the Ceremony
The site of the Opening Ceremony
Before the beginning of the ceremony, the welcome video “Hello, USTB!” was played to start the ball rolling in which newly enrolled students talked about their expectations of university life with youthful vitality, and parents and counselors conveyed their concern and encouragement.
The Opening Ceremony
With the solemn national anthem of the People's Republic of China, the 2022 Opening Ceremony kicked off. Leaders from 13 Schools wore freshmen representatives with university badges and presented the School Flags to them. Flags waving and students clapping, the undergraduate Class of 2026 will inherit and carry forward fine traditions of Schools and set sails for a bright future in USTB.
Ms. HUA Hui, the executive chairwoman of the USTB Student Union, delivered her speech on behalf of all the students. She called on the freshmen to learn with diligence, advance with the times, explore with valor, shoulder responsibilities and write the new chapter of life with unremitting passion and progress.
Mr. CUI Zhengyang, a student from the School of Mathematics and Physics gave a speech on behalf of the freshmen. He shared his belief in inheriting the motto of “Seeking Truth and Promoting Innovation”, the spirit of “being tough as iron and steel” and the dream of “empowering the country with science and technology”. He also called upon all the freshmen to “bear in mind the country’s most fundamental interests” and contribute their individual achievements to China’s development. Then he led all the freshmen in making a commitment to serve the country, the voice of which echoed over the sports field and highlighted the ambition and determination of USTB students.
Prof. ZHANG Zheng from the School of Materials Science and Engineering addressed the ceremony on behalf of the undergraduate tutors. Sharing 20 years of study and research experience in USTB, he encouraged the freshmen in three aspects: first, to be firm in their ideals and always strive for success and innovation; second, to be grateful to those who extended a helping hand to them and respect everyone’s growth and efforts; third, to be industrious in the study and finally to become youths with ideals, ability, and a strong sense of responsibility in this new era.
President YANG Renshu made a speech
In his inspiring speech, Prof. YANG Renshu, President of USTB, recalled USTB’s 70-year history and the remarkable achievements it has made in benefiting society and serving the country. Three expectations of the students were put forward: first, to maintain the original founding aspiration of patriotism while making individual contributions; second, to draw strength from USTB’s pioneering accomplishments while learning extensively from books, tutors, and friends; third, to cultivate virtues of gratitude, frugality, and optimism while facing even trivial details. Above all, earnest wishes were made towards the students to become dedicated talents upholding the leadership of the Party, embracing ideals, and developing capabilities.
The 2022 Opening Ceremony was successfully concluded with the inspiring university anthem “the Splendid Chapter of USTB”. We wish all the freshmen of the Class of 2026 an unforgettable and unregretful university life at USTB.
Draft: XU Ruyi
Revision: CHENG Mingyuan