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He Jiang: 1st Chinese student speaks at Harvard commencement 视频围观:何江--首位哈佛毕业典礼登台演讲的大陆学生 由一位来自中国的学生代表优秀毕业生演讲,这是哈佛 365 年毕业典礼的第一次。 当地时间 5 月 26 日,哈佛大学第 365 届毕业典礼在哈佛最古老的校园区 Harvard Yard 里举行。今年的毕业典礼备受中国青年学生和家长关注,因为一位来自中国的毕业生何 江作为优秀毕业生代表发言,这是哈佛大学给予毕业生的最高荣誉。 何江是哈佛大学生物系博士毕业生,本科毕业于中国科技大学。硕士和博士均毕业于哈 佛大学, 现在 MIT 作博士后。 这次哈佛的毕业演讲并不是何江第一次代表优秀学生发言, 从中科大毕业时, 他曾获得学校的最高荣誉奖——郭沫若奖学金, 并作为获奖代表发言。 (京华记者辛欣) Harvard commencement addresses, with their centuries-old history, are welcoming t heir first-ever Chinese orator on May 26. He Jiang, a 2016 Harvard PhD graduate in biochemistry, will deliver a speech represe nting theuniversity’s thirteen graduate and professional schools at the commenceme nt on Thursday.Other guest speakers sharing the podium include Academy Award-wi nning director StevenSpielberg. By tradition, Harvard selects three graduating representatives to speak at the comme ncement:One of the orations is delivered in Latin by a graduating senior from the coll ege; the second, inEnglish, is also by a graduating college senior; and the third by a student representative of thegraduate and professional schools.

(无法正常播放的童鞋,点击这里哦!) After three rounds of fierce competition, including drafts and auditions, three orators werechosen by a panel of judges to deliver an address — from memory — to an asse mblage ofapproximately 32,000, including members of the governing board, honorar y degree recipients,faculty, parents, alumni and graduates. He Jiang, a young Chinese scholar who comes from a small village in central China's Hunanprovince, never thought he could achieve such a high honor for a student. "My parents knew I was participating in the competition from the very beginning bec ause Ishared my thoughts, my stress and panic with them during the three rounds of elimination,” hesaid. “So when I got selected, they were really happy for me.”

"I also shared the news with one of my professors at USTC (University of Science an dTechnology of China), he was so surprised because he never thought a Chinese stu dent couldgive a speech on such a lofty platform," He added. Asked why he entered the competition, He simply said, "I wanted more voices from China to beheard." He said from the point of view of a science student, his speech will focus o n theuneven distribution of science and technology in the modern world.

"Combining our educational experience at Harvard, extending it to our mission and w hatresponsibilities we should undertake after graduation to make the world a better place," He said. He said his speech will be under seven minutes long and a professor has been helpin g him editthe draft and coaching him on public speaking skills. But ability and hard work are what really have led He to the podium. He grew up in a small village with poor educational opportunities. His father, who did n't finish highschool and was locked out of many work opportunities in big cities beca use of it, impressed uponHe and his younger brother from their boyhood the importa nce of studying hard, using his ownexperience as an example.

"My father was always strict with us so we’d avoid repeating his experience," He said . Unlike his father, He's mother was more like a friend, who always encouraged him th rough thechallenges of learning and life. "One of the biggest problems for rural students is that the available educational reso urces arelimited and students lack motivation," He said. "So thanks go to my dad for pushing me to studyin that environment and to my mo m, whose encouragement helped keep me focused on mystudies." He graduated from the University of Science and Technology of China — one of Chin a's topuniversities — with a bachelor’s degree in 2009 and was accepted into Harvar d’s PhD program onfull scholarship the same year. All he knew about America was fr om books and films and he wasin for some culture shock. "Studying at Harvard, everybody around me was outstanding and my English was no t as fluentas it is now. I lost confidence. I even began to wonder how I ever got acce pted to Harvard," hesaid. But with time he found his footing. "The thing I like about American campus culture is that it’s diversified and encourages diversity,” he said. “As long as you are willing to discover, you can find avariety of resources y ou are interested in, to communicate with professionals and tomake friend s.” He took a job as resident tutor for undergraduates and through that he learned abou t thecommencement orations competition. Apart from working and studying, He took part in activities on and off campus, includ ing start-upand innovation sharing sessions, activities held by Chinese student associ ations and readingclubs. "I’ve always had a great interest in literature," He said. One of his favorite authors is Peter Hessler. "His books River Town, Oracle Bones and CountryDriving are all my favorites," he sai d.

Encouraged by a history professor, He took up a pen and started writing about rural China inEnglish. "China has been under such a rapid development in recent years and China's villages havedeveloped rapidly as well. Foreigners have more knowledge of China's mega citi es, but with alimited number of channels, their impressions of China's rural life may s till be lacking," said He,who has deep feelings for his hometown and still goes back t o visit. "I hope more of China's voices will be heard in the West, since what we ha ve done sofar is far from enough," He said Taking advantage of weekends and spare time, He finished up his book and just sign ed with oneof Europe's biggest publishers. He is now doing postdoctoral work at MIT in bioengineering, studying methods of co mputer-assisted drug screening and early detection of cancer. It hasn’t been an easy road, but that’s okay. "Perhaps it's because I suffered a lot growing up,so many frustrations to me are thin gs I can definitely bear," He said.(source:People)