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Graduation day is a day to look back and forward,” AIT President Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai told the 123rd Graduating class

In his message to the graduands at the 123rd Graduation of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), President Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai told the class that their graduation is not an end but just a start of their overall life journey.

Graduation day is a day to look back and forward,” AIT President Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai told the 123rd Graduating class

Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai delivering the Graduation Message.


“Always be proud to be a part of our world-class institute,” he said, listing some of the major initiatives that are pushing the Institute forward, such as its successful Library Modernization Campaign and entry into the international university rankings tables for the first time in its history.

The AIT library will be modernized this year through the patronage of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and the generosity of so many notable and substantial individual and corporate donors, including Mr. Pote Narittakurn (Lee Pit Teong) and Colonel Yanyong Phataralaoha, the president noted.

AIT has been ranked for the first time in its history, and scored no. 1 in the world for “international orientation,” according to the EU-supported U-Multirank 2015.

The graduates should also feel proud that AIT has responded to its partner country Nepal, devastated by the recent earthquake, with its home-grown Habitech housing technology, emergency communications networks, and remote sensing and satellite imagery to support water, sanitation and hygiene efforts for the victims. Our heart goes out to Nepal, and our faculty, staff and students have all reached out to assist the country at its time of need, he said.

The new alumni join AIT’s 21,000-plus alumni, many of whom have reached the pinnacle of success in their professions, such as the current Premier of Taiwan and Governor of the Bank of Thailand, he remarked.

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GRADUATION ADDRESS (MORNING CEREMONY)

In an inspiring speech, Mr. Lee explained his life as a real-life ‘rags to riches’ tale of what is possible if one is patient, perseveres, and has passion.

The amiable and hugely successful entrepreneur, restaurateur, and international education technologist – who revealed to the 123rd Graduating Class, VIP guests and parents that he arrived “without one cent” in Thailand from Myanmar on December 18, 1971 – offered specific ‘life pointers’ for each graduate to “live well and prosper.”

Urged by his uncle Bangkok to try his luck and apply to AIT, he did so and earned a scholarship to study for a Master’s Degree in Water Engineering. In doing so he became the first student in AIT history from Myanmar, and he studied under Dr. Subin Pinkayan, then a faculty member at AIT and now the Chairman of the AIT Board of Trustees.

“Don’t be afraid of change, as it often leads to opportunity,” he said. “As long as you conduct yourself in good spirit, you have no reason to be afraid in life.”

He stressed that having integrity in one’s professional and personal life is a prerequisite to happiness. Moreover, “the 3-Ps" of patience, passion, and perseverance, are essential to achieving success in the end, he said, and as his life story has been prime example.

Finally, he urged the class of 2015 of international graduates to never forget where they came from. Be humble and patient in all that you do, he advised. “Don’t forget your country, your roots, your family, and those who helped you get to where you are today, like graduating from AIT. And always give back if you can.”

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GRADUATION ADDRESS (AFTERNOON CEREMONY)

Colonel Yanyong Phataralaoha, D.Eng. who was the Graduation Speaker for students from the School of Engineering and Technology (SET), traversed his journey from his early days in the Armed Forces Academy Preparatory School to chartering the course of Thai Pipe Industry, which is one of the largest PVC pipe manufacturers in the region.

“The objective of a commencement address is to inspire and prepare you for the real world outside,” Col. Yanyong remarked. Life is a mystery adventure, he remarked, as he traced the contours of his own personal story.

“Every decision you make will always lead to something big or small,” Col. Yanyong said, adding that it is only with “real determination” that individuals can move forward. Urging students to explore the world and meet people from various cultures, he narrated his experience at AIT when he shared his dorm with a French Canadian and an architect from Papua New Guinea. His graduation address, which was peppered with experience dealing with students from various countries, asked AIT students to savor the institute’s internationality. “You graduates are lucky to have greater exposure to diversity and connections.” he said, while exhorting upon them to keep in touch with AIT friends since these associations help in networking.

Col. Yanyaong described life as “nonlinear, chaotic, unpredictable and often counterintuitive.” “Be adventurous, make each moment count, and optimize your effort,” he quipped. He concluded his address by asking graduands to maintain a sense of duty and honor. “And when you succeed, give back,” he added.

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PHOTO ALBUMS from AIT's 123rd Graduation are available at these links:
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VIDEO TELECAST of the Graduation Ceremony is available at this link at YouTube:
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