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2020 年 5 月 18 日

向臥病學生頒發畢業證書

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5月16日傍晚,我懷著沉重的心情,聯同學生事務副校長葉豪盛教授、秘書長袁國傑教授、學務長崔永康教授、伍清華博士等,到廣華醫院,探訪深切治療部失卻知覺的孔美淇(淇淇)同學。病床邊,我代表大學頒給她文學士(翻譯及傳譯)學位畢業證書及甲等榮譽錦帶,由淇淇的媽媽代為接受。

身患肌肉病變的淇淇於2016年考入城大,修讀翻譯及語言學。自2008年起,我每年定期家訪學生,三年前因家訪而結識淇淇及其家人。之後,我們經常不期而遇,清風徐來,笑臉相迎。

淇淇依賴呼吸機、乘輪椅出入。過著如此艱難的日常生活,卻無阻她樂觀面對人生、廣闊交友、積極學習。過去三年,她擔任城大的融入大使,以特教生的身份,推廣傷健共融。去年一月,她又代表城大出訪澳門,見習當地大學的特殊教育服務及特教生的學習環境。

淇淇孜孜不倦追求學問,維持極佳的課業水平,年年獲頒各種獎學金。在緊急入院前,她早已提交畢業論文,昂首支撐到學期的最後一刻,以最優秀的甲等榮譽完成學業。

生命或許不完美,意志總是無窮盡。

幾年前,我也曾感傷地見證了忍受刺骨之痛的寶欣;她側臥病床,領取我頒發的學位證書。春意闌珊,寶欣氣若游絲地對我朗讀杜甫的詩作《登兗州城樓》。哀愁憂怨,時不我與,我以賈島的《三月晦日送春》回應,難為她了。

日暮天無雲,春風扇微和,以寶欣為名的獎學金在2018年頒給了學養出眾的淇淇。

今天見證了另一位年青人的典範。請讓我引用鄭板橋的《竹石》讚賞淇淇;夕陽西斜,就算她不能水波不興的對頒獎作出反應,遽然間,那急促的呼吸起伏告訴我,她一定感受到我就站在她的身邊:

咬定青山不放鬆,立根原在破岩中。
千磨萬擊還堅勁,任爾東西南北風。

咬定青山,堅毅不屈;千磨萬擊,卓絕進取。我以寶欣、淇淇為榮。


Seriously ill CityU student receives graduation certificate in intensive care

With a very heavy heart, I visited Hung Mei-ki (Kiki), a CityU student, in the intensive care unit at Kwong Wah Hospital on 16 May. Professor Horace Ip Ho-shing, Vice-President (Student Affairs), Professor Richard Yuen Kwok-kit, Chief-of-Staff, Professor Eric Chui Wing-hong, Dean of Students, and Dr Larry Ng Ching-wah from Student Development Services joined the visit.

At her bedside, I presented a Diploma of Bachelor of Arts (First-class Honours) in Translation and Interpretation and the Honour Cord for distinguished graduates to Kiki's mother on Kiki's behalf.

Kiki, who has myofibrillar myopathy, was admitted to CityU in 2016 to study linguistics and translation. I met her and her mother three years ago during a home visit, a practice I have followed regularly since 2008. After that meeting, we often ran into each other. She was always breezy and full of smiles.

Although Kiki requires a wheelchair and ventilatory support throughout her daily life, she is an active and optimistic participant in university life and learning with a lot of friends. Over the past three years, she has promoted an inclusive campus culture for students with SEN as CityU's inclusion ambassador. Last January, she learned more about SEN services and SEN students at local universities in Macau on behalf of CityU.

In addition, she has pursued her studies with great enthusiasm, maintaining very good academic standards and earning a number of scholarships each year. She has been working very hard until the end of this semester and submitted her graduation thesis early, before she was admitted into intensive care. Finally, Kiki has graduated with first-class honours.

Life may not be perfect, but the will is infinite.

A few years ago, I presented another of our students, Po-yan, with a graduation certificate when she was enduring great pain in bed. It was late spring and she read me a poem 《登兗州城樓》by Du Fu to which I responded with a poem titled 《三月晦日送春》"Seeing off Spring on the Last Day of the Third Moon" by Jia Dao. It was difficult for Po-yan to endure hardship and keep going.

The sky is clear with clouds at sunset, The spring breeze feels warm on the face. The 2018 scholarship established under Po-yan's name was awarded to Kiki for her academic performance.

Now I saw another young role model. The sun was setting at that time and even if Kiki could not respond when I presented the award, her sudden rapid breathing told me she sensed me standing beside her.

Let me quote Zheng Banqiao's poem "Bamboo Stone" to express my praise for Kiki.

Between broken rocks striking my root deep,
I bite the mountain green and will not let go,
From whichever direction the winds leap,
I remain strong, though dealt many a blow.

Persistent, unyielding, forward-looking, and striving for excellence – I will always be proud of Po-yan and Kiki.

18 May, 2020

 

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