On the evening of 12 December 2016, the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong (CityU) held the School Graduation Ceremony in the Wong Cheung Lo Hui Yuet Hall in the Lau Ming Wai Academic Building. The Honourable Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li, GBM, Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal; Professor Geraint Howells, Dean of the CityU Law School and the graduate representative Ms. Phoebe Cheng Hei-lam gave addresses. Mr. Wally Yeung Chun-kuen, Vice-President of the Court of Appeal and Senior Counsel Mr. Hectar Pun Hei also attended the Ceremony. Around 600 guests comprising faculty members and graduates from Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Postgraduate Certificate in Laws, Juris Doctor, Master of Laws in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, Master of Laws, Doctor of Juridical Science and Doctor of Philosophy programmes, along with their parents, relatives and friends participated and witnessed this solemn moment.
“The study of law is a discipline that is at the same time rich in philosophical undertones and also in practicalities,” said Chief Justice Ma in his speech. “Reason as the basis of law connects the philosophical foundations of law to its practical application and this connection takes us into present day Hong Kong.” He explained that courts and judges make important decisions everyday and all the judgments should be fully reasoned so that the community can see that the law, the legal principle and the spirit of the law have been followed. He emphasised the importance of the law to the people of Hong Kong and his hope that the graduates truly understand the rule of law and do their best to uphold it.
Professor Howells congratulated the graduates and thanked the faculty of the Law School, who guided them throughout their legal education. He also thanked their families and friends for their endless love and support. “You are graduating today and you are graduating at the right time. It is a time witnessing great global and local changes, challenges, and opportunities.” Professor Howells encouraged graduates to critically reflect on what they have learnt at the School, to explore new knowledge and to meet challenges head on.
Graduate representative, Ms. Phoebe Cheng Hei-lam, expressed her gratitude to the teachers, fellow graduates and their parents for their support and help. She said to the fellow graduates: “Graduation is not an end; it is just the beginning of our journey. We’ve already taken the first step by making it to the ceremony today – now, it’s time for us to take the next steps in our lives and begin building our future.”
Participants reminisced about their time together while enjoying a wide variety of refreshments. It was indeed an enjoyable and memorable evening, which marked the 2016 CityU Law graduates’ new journey. Our heartiest congratulations, again, to all graduates. The School wishes you a bright future!