2021 Commencement Ceremony of PKU Turing Class

On July 12th, 2021, the commencement ceremony for the second PKU Turing Class students was held at Courtyard No.5, Jingyuan. John Hopcroft, visiting chair professor of Peking University, director of CFCS, Wen Gao, dean of School of EECS, co-director of CFCS, Shouhua Zhu, vice minister from Office of Academic Affair, Zhenjiang Hu, director of the CS department, and other honorable guests were invited to attend the event. Baoquan Chen, executive director of CFCS, hosted the ceremony.


Professor Baoquan Chen


In the commencement speech, Professor John Hopcroft encouraged students to “position yourself for the future” and to explore new fields in the new era. He advised students to choose something that they are really interested in. "It is not the amount of money you are earning but the satisfaction that you will get from having made the world a better place for others in some small way, that you will find most rewarding." said John.


Professor John Hopcroft


Professor Wen Gao mentioned that in the past four years Turing Class students have received well-rounded academic training and he was happy to see what students have achieved today. Professor Gao encouraged students to do pioneering work to lead the development of computer science. He hoped that Turing Class will have academic leaders in the future.


Professor Wen Gao


Professors Shouhua Zhu, Baoquan Chen, Zhenjiang Hu, Kunqing Xie, Jiaying Liu expressed their best wishes to the graduating students respectively.


Professor Shouhua Zhu


Professor Zhenjiang Hu


Professor Kunqing Xie


Professor Jiaying Liu


Yijia Weng, one of the students from Turing Class, said " Everyone surpasses us in something, yet something differentiates us from everyone. This well summarizes the both stimulating and cultivating environment that the Turing Class program so generously provides us."


Yijia Weng


The ceremony concluded happily with the memorable video made by students: