While I walked around the campus, surrounded by
the beautiful ornaments and bouquets in
preparation for the graduation ceremony,
I wonder whether I should feel happy or sad for this special event.
Should I feel happy because the institution provides
the best possible education for our next generation?
Or should I feel sad because the graduation ceremony is
just a mean to provide "honorary degree" to the influential people?
While the graduating class becomes part of the ornaments and bouquets.
Should I feel happy because the honorary degree is bestowed to those
who enhanced our general knowledge and scientific quest?
Or should I feel sad because the degree is really for those
who have contributed, or will contribute, to
the financial well-being of the institution?
While those who significantly contributed to the general knowledge become
part of the ornaments and bouquets.
Should I feel happy because by bestowing these honorary degrees,
faculty members will have more resources to pursue their academic ideals?
Or should I feel sad because we slowly cultivated a culture
to go after "donation" and regard this as the single most important task?
While teaching, learning, enhancing human knowledge and generating new idea
become part of the ornaments and bouquets.
Should I feel happy because we have a system to honor the best and brightest
Or should I feel sad because we use this as a mean to
have a closer "relationship" with those who will make
the final decision on our future budget?
I went back to my office, read my emails, and was notified about
the special and important graduation ceremony.
I closed my email folder.