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梦想不会毕业,更加不会老去
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不知不觉,已到了初夏。伴随着惊雷和雨滴的声音,才想起不知不觉间,青春的一段重要旅程,竟已走完了大半。夏天,一个尽情挥洒青春热情活力的季节,也是一个带着离别的伤感的毕业之季。

 

有欢笑有泪水、有展望有回忆,最后再看一眼这满载回忆的校园。在上周五北京乐成国际学校(BCIS)的中学部毕业典礼上,同窗友爱,师生情谊,让校园内充斥着别样的感动。但比起伤离别,毕业生们感受更深的,是一种振奋:一种无惧未知,永远向前,大胆逐梦的振奋。

 

而带给大家这股正能量的人,他没有执教的经验,对于乐成国际学校,是一名彻头彻尾的“外来户”;他没有辞藻华丽的演讲稿,更没有“送给毕业生的十个金句”。他是双井恭和苑的老住户,工作人员敬重的魏老;他是乐成国际学校和幼儿园的老朋友,学生们最喜欢的Grandpa WEI;他是魏鸣一,一位越活越年轻的九十三岁的老人,他用一口地道的美语,用他灵活的思维,风趣的态度,给一群即将踏上新旅程的孩子们,送上了最宝贵的精神行囊。




代沟真的存在么?孩子们和老人之间,真的有一堵无法逾越的墙,让两方彼此封闭,无法交流?面对一群不到20岁的年轻孩子们,没有对当年“丰功伟绩”的追忆,更没有大家长式的“敦敦教诲”,有的,只是一颗在人生无尽的旅途中不断进取,不断追逐并实现梦想的心。

 

魏鸣一老人说:“实际上我们对人生有着同样的追求,唯一的不同可能就是我们差了70年。” 当那双从时光另一端伸过来的手,跨越了岁月的沉重,和年轻的生命紧紧联系到一起时,一老一小之间,并不是一方对另一方面的单方面教导和帮助,而是心与心的交流与扶持,梦与梦的循环和接力。人生旅途中没有终点,与年龄无关,与辈分无妨,以梦为马,每一天都是最好的年华。

 




梦想成真

 

尊敬的北京乐成国际学校的各位嘉宾,早上好!我的名字叫魏鸣一,你们可以叫我魏爷爷。受邀在此次毕业典礼上讲话,我本人荣幸之至。

 

首先, 我恭喜毕业生们。恭喜你们开启生活的新篇章。我知道很多同学有自己的大学梦,有些同学可能选择更切合实际的目标。不管你们的梦想有遥远,此时此刻你们的目标已经已经定下来。你们即将迎来的新篇章会让你欣喜不已,同时也充满惊喜。

 

首先,我想和你们分享一个我自己的故事。1946年,我想争取拿到研究生奖学金。当时我的目标是美国的常春藤大学。

 

我申请了三所学校:斯坦福大学,布朗大学和康乃尔大学并且同时被录取。我当时选择大学主要考虑他们是否有名(他们以往取得的成绩,包括诺贝尔奖获得者),他们对学生的奖学金援助和地理位置。其中奖学金援助对我很重要。

 

最后我选择了以自由教育闻名的布朗大学。据说在那里的学生是美国最快乐的学生。规模不大但研究生学院确是赫赫有名,32名诺贝尔奖获得者。学校的足球队棕熊球队也很有名气。布朗大学给我免了所有的学费,并且提供一份兼职的工作。我当时为本科物理系班的助教。学生们喜欢我。教授下午课不来上课,而恰好我们年龄相仿,所以他们把我当成了猴王。我赚到了我的第一份工资,45美元。 我为自己奖励了一份大餐和一件很好的皮夹克。

 

当时布朗大学总共有7名中国的男学生,彭布鲁克有3名中国女学生。 我每两周和他们见一次面。大部分的时间我都在学习和结交一些新的朋友。两个月前,布朗大学现任主席Paxson女士邀请我参加在北京的校友聚会。从她那里我得知现在布朗大学有两百多名来自中国的学生。

 

就在1949年十月的前一个月,我急匆匆的赶回了中国,参加了在天安门举行的新中国成立庆典。当时我乘坐威尔逊游轮,花了12天的时间到达中国。我仍然相信这是我一生中做出的比较好的选择之一。

 

我试着三次申请退休。

 

我的职业生涯从一名电气工程师开始,从带领3名成员开始到带领上百人的团队。其中的几年时间我从事微波通讯,然后成为了微波干涉仪系统的首席设计开发人员,这些系统包括地面上的一些枢纽,计算机中心,软件开发和机载应答机,在当时的中国此项系统可以称之为最复杂的电子系统。任务完成之后,我被任命为电子工业部副部长。在我任职期间,赶上了中国改革开放的大潮,我们与其他国家建立的科技方面的联系如雨后春笋般快速增长。我的事业增增日上,我的年龄也蓬勃发展——我当时很快就61岁了。

 

我第一次想退休。我为自己做了很美好的计划,一个充满创新和想象力的计划。 我提出了退休申请并诚恳的向国家人力资源部提交了我的申请。我制定了旅行的计划,还买了地图。 我想我人生的舞台帷幕即将落下。直到国家人力资源部代表中信银行董事长荣毅仁先生给我电话邀请我去他办公室面谈。 我告诉他我已经61岁。他说他比我年长8岁。我盛情难却,担任了中信银行的副总裁,后来成为了总裁。一位系统工程师和自己原来的职业完全脱离, 开启了新的旅程,一个银行家。新的生活展开了我新的学习旅程。我不断的阅读,重拾我的法语和德语,环游世界,和世界上顶尖的商人接触切磋,几乎没有时间在所到之处观光旅游。庆幸的是我有时间在飞机上喝一杯白兰地,小憩一会。

 

晃九年过去了,我迎来了70岁的生日。我第二次计划退休。这个年龄比国家规定的退休年龄已经晚了10年。 中国有句谚语叫“计划赶不上变化”。荣先生自己也成为了国家副主席。我受命担任中信集团董事长一职。一个年过七旬的老人架起了这架大车。我加入中信银行之初,员工为400人,现在已经增加到40000人。我当时很忙很忙,基本上晚上九点前没有回过家。我喜欢我的工作,尤其是看到我们的投资增加,我们的员工快乐。那个时刻就是你享受成功的时刻,那个时刻就是你享受快乐的时刻。

 

我到73岁时,已经比我们的国家总理还要年长。这次我必须的退休了,最后国家也批准了。 但是中信银行希望我领导国际咨询委员会。我接受了这一职位。我邀请世界上包括美国,德国,加拿大, 法国,日本,泰国和其他几个国家在内的世界级商界领袖,包括前任美国国务卿Shultz博士,前任韩国副总理李先生加入我们的会面。 中信银行同时希望我给与他们在欧洲的业务一些帮助。因此我当时在德国和荷兰工作,一直到我76岁。

 

真正的退休生活丰富多彩。

 

我现在住在恭和苑。在那里我生活非常开心,也非常忙碌。我给我的邻居讲老电影,讨论怎么拍照,举办怎样运用照片处理软件的一些工作坊。我可以让我的朋友们在照片里看起来年轻10岁而且很有活力,给他们增加自信。 我教他们玩桥牌和台球,晚餐后也可以游泳锻炼。

 

我现在93岁。每年都会出国一次。我加入了上海,天津和横滨不同港口的巡游出海。今年二月份我在柬埔寨和越南,高举我的相机记录我所见到的点点滴滴的美景。 我的旅行计划可能到我95岁的时候就结束了,但是也未必!

 

有天下午我们几个朋友在娱乐室进行书法比赛,我见到了几位来自北京乐成国际学校的学生。我们交谈了很久。实际上我们对人生有着同样的追求,唯一的不同可能就是我们差了70年。

 

毕业生们,请在你们未来的旅途上带上我最诚挚的祝福。70年后希望你们也站在这里。

 

祝好!

 


My Life Dream Became True        

 

Good morning distinguished guests of Beijing City International School. My name is Wei Ming Yi, but you can call me Grandpa Wei. I was asked if I can come to talk at this graduation ceremony, and I am glad to. It is an honor to be here.

 

First of all, I like to congratulate the graduates. It’s the start of your new life. I know many of you have a dream leading to universitiy. Some of you may take more sensible goals, but no matter how far your dream went, now is the time that your goal has settled. You have to step into somewhere you like but new to you.

 

First of all, let me give you a story of myself. Back in 1946, I was looking to get a post-graduate scholarship. My dream was US Ivy league universities. I applied to 3 and all accepted, Stanford, Brown and Cornell. My considerations in choosing the universities were: the reputation (their past achievements including Nobel Prize winners); their financial aid; and the location. The financial aid was important to me.

 

I finally chose Brown, known for its liberal education. Students there were said to be the happiest students in the U.S.  Small in size but has a rather famous graduate school, 32 Nobel Prize winners. Excellent football team that won much fame, the Brown Bears. The university offered me a waiver of my entire tuition, plus a part time job option. I worked as the assistant of the undergraduate Physics class, the students liked me, we were about the same age and they treated me as the king of the monkeys as the professor never came to the class in the afternoon session. I used my first big deal, 45 dollars’ wage for a biggest dinner and a very good leather jacket.

 

There were in total 7 Chinese boys in Brown and 3 girls in Pembroke at that time. I met them only every fortnight. I spent most of my time studying and making new friends. Two months ago, the present President of Brown, Mrs. Paxson, invited me to attend the alumni gathering in Beijing. She told me there are now more than 200 students from China studying at Brown.

 

Just one month before October 1949, I hurried back to China in order to attend the New China Tiananmen Ceremony. I took the President Wilson Steamer and it took me 12 days. I still believe this is one of the better choices I made in my life.

 

I’ve tried to retire three times.

 

I started my career journey as an Electrical Engineer, from leading a group of 3 to a group of few hundred. I was engaged in microwave communication for several years and then became the Chief Designer in microwave interferometer systems, including the ground stations, computer centers,software development and airborne transponder, which was the most complicated electronic system in China at that time.  Afterwards, with the mission completed, I was appointed Vice Minister of the Ministry of Electronic Industry. The scientific contacts to other countries were flourishing during my term when China started to open and reform, my work was thriving, and my age was also thriving------ I was soon 61.

 

I wanted to retire the first time. A beautiful future plan was made full of innovation and imagination. I applied to retire and wrote my sincere application to the HR Department of the State. I scheduled my travel plan and bought my maps. I thought the stage curtain of my play was going to close down, until a phone call from the HR Department of the State gave me the invitation from Mr. Rong Yiren, the Chairman of CITIC, to meet in his office. I told him I was 61, but he said he was 8 years elder than me, what could I say? I became CITIC’s Vice President and then President. A system engineer divorced from the old track to enter another stage, a banker. A new life started from studying, reading, brushing up my French and German, traveling around the world, getting in touch with the worlds top businessman, scarcely had free time for a short sightseeing. Fortunately I could sleep on the plane with a shot of brandy.

 

9 years passed, I reached my 70 birthday, I planned to retire the second time. This was already 10 years more than the state regulation on the retirement age. You know a Chinese Proverb------Plan can’t catch up change forever. Rong himself had to move his seat. He was going to be the Vice President of China. I was ordered to take up the position of the Chairman of CITIC Group. What could I say? An over 70 year old man took the steel wheel of this big cart. When I joined CITIC there were 400 employees, and now it has grown to 40,000. I was then very, very busy, scarcely got home before 9 in the evening. Enjoyed my work? Yes. Especially when our investments gained and my people were happy. The moment you enjoy your success; the moment you enjoy happiness.

 

I became older than our Premier Minister when I was 73. I must retire this time and finally the State approved. But CITIC wanted me to head the International Advisory Council. I took up the position and invited the world business heads of US, Germany, Canada, France, Japan, Thailand, and few others, like retired US Secretary of State, Dr. Shultz, or retired Vice Premier of Korea, Mr. Li, to join me. CITIC also wanted me to give a hand in their Europe operation. I stayed in Germany and The Netherlands until I was 76.

 

True retirement life is colorful.

 

I’m now living in Golden Heights. There, I find a lot of fun and I am remaining very busy. I give lectures to my neighbors about the old-time movies; give talks about how to take photos and workshops on how to use photo-processing software. I make my friends looks more than 10 years younger in the pictures but still lively. It won back their confidence. I taught them how to play Bridge and Billiards and enjoy after-dinner pool.

 

I am now 93 years old. I still travel abroad once every year. I joined the cruises from Shanghai, Tianjin, and Yokohama as different main ports and cruise in the ocean. I was in Cambodia and Vietnam this February and held high my camera to enrich my picture library. My travel plan may end when I am 95, but I am not sure!    

 

One afternoon, when my friends and I were competing our brush writing in the entertainment room, I met a few students from BCIS. We had a long talk. We actually share the same life dreams. The only difference between us? 70 years.

 

Graduates, I wish you all the best in your journey and hope you can stand here 70 years from now.

 

Best wishes.