MAILED: Aug. 9, 2000
Graduating Senior Jinhong Zhang will address the audience during the Aug. 12 commencement at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The focus of his speech, titled "Seeing Alternatives," is on accepting and respecting differences among individuals as well as on empowering individuals to make a difference in the world, said Zhang. "I want everyone to see their unlimited possibilities and to encourage them to contribute their best to the human race," Zhang said. Zhang will graduate with a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting.
Zhang is originally from China, and he studied in China and Bangladesh before coming to UW-Eau Claire in August 1998. He says he has many fond memories of his time at UW-Eau Claire. "Most of all, I will remember the growing up I have done here by learning from my beloved mentors and friends," he said. The decision to be the speaker at graduation was one of impulse, Zhang said.
Once he decided he wanted to speak, however, the topic of his speech was inspired by his own learning experiences. "My experiences have taught me that embracing differences and working together with others inspires people to deliver their best to the world," he said. "I want to stimulate at least one individual each day to build their confidence and to find their gift."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Aug. 15, 2000