Graduates and my fellow students,
You all are leaving your Alma Mater now. I have no gift to present you all except a piece of advice.
What I would like to advise is that "Don’t give up your study." Most of the courses you have taken are partly for your certificate. You had no choice but to take them. From now on, you may study on your own. I would advise you to work hard at some special field when you are still young and vigorous. Your youth will be gone that will never come back to you again. When you are old, and when your energy are getting poorer, you will not be able to as you wish to. Even though you have to study in order to make a living, studies will never live up to you. Making a living without studying, you will be shifted out in three or five years. At this time when you hope to make it up, you will say it is too late. Perhaps you will say, "After graduation and going into the society, we will meet with an urgent problem, that is, to make a living. For this we have no time to study. Even though we hope to study, we have no library nor labs, how can we study further?"
I would like to say that all those who wait to have a library will not study further even though they have one and all these who wait to have a lab will not do experiments even though they have one. When you have a firm resolution and determination to solve a problem, you will naturally economize on food and clothing.
As for time, I should say it’s not a problem. You may know that every day he could do only an hour work, not much more than that because Darwin was ill for all his life. You must have read his achievements. Every day you spend an hour in reading 10 useful pages, then you will read more than 3650 pages every year. In 30 years you will have read 110,000 pages.
My fellow students, reading 110,000 pages will make you a scholar. But it will take you an hour to read three kinds of small-sized newspapers and it will take you an hour and a half to play four rounds of Mahjian pieces. Reading small-sized newspapers or playing Mahjian pieces, or working hard to be a scholar? It’s up to you all.
Henrik Ibsen said, "It is your greatest duty to make yourself out."
Studying is then as tool as casting. Giving up studying will destroy yourself.
I have to say goodbye to you all. Your Alma Mater will open her eyes to see what you will be in 10 years. Goodbye!
你們現在要離開母校了，我沒有什麽禮物送給你們，隻好送你們一句話吧。這句話是："不要拋棄學問"。以前的功課也許有一大部分是為了這張文憑，不得已而 做的。從今以後，你們可以依自己的心願去研究了。趁著現在年富力強時候，努力做一種專門的學問。少年是一去不返的，等到精力衰退時，要做學問也來不及了。 既為吃飯計，學問絕不會辜負人的。吃飯而不求學問，三年五年之後，你們都要被先進的少年淘汰掉的。到那時再想做點學問來補救，恐怕已晚了。