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?"
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!
这句话是："不要抛弃学问"。以前的功课也许有一大部分是为了这张文凭，不得已而 做的。从今以后，你们可以依自己的心愿去研究了。趁着现在年富力强时候，努力做一种专门的学问。少年是一去不返的，等到精力衰退时，要做学问也来不及了。 既为吃饭计，学问绝不会辜负人的。吃饭而不求学问，三年五年之后，你们都要被先进的少年淘汰掉的。到那时再想做点学问来补救，恐怕已晚了。