On June 15, 2006, CTTB’s Developing Virtue Girls’ School (DVGS) hosted the two most important events of the year: the Teacher’s Banquet and the Graduation Ceremony. Both were organized and set up by the students of DVGS.
The morning started off with the Teacher’s Banquet, organized by the graduating class of 2006. It included a sumptuous lunch provided by generous parents as well as award presentations. As students sang the CTTB song, ‘Teacher’s Guiding Light’, they held candles to symbolize their respect and appreciation for teachers’ guidance. The banquet concluded with a rousing American history play, “How the West Was Really Won,” by the Junior High class.
At 3:30 p.m., everyone assembled behind the DVGS high school building for the Commencement Ceremony. For the second time in DVGS history, the graduates received their diplomas outdoors beneath the shade of two beautiful sycamore trees. As the teachers and graduates-to-be entered in procession, students sang the school song composed by the Venerable Master, ‘Jin Xu Kong’ (“Throughout Empty Space”).
雲帆是聖城的常住，自幼稚園起就是本校學生，學生自治會的主席、中國舞蹈和柏克萊模擬聯合國社的社長。她將就讀賓州 Swarthmore 大學。
十年級才由臺灣來就讀本校的秦擷菱，經過艱辛不退的努力，她的英文程度能在眾人前以雙語致詞，並令人感動含淚。雖然她父母不能出席，她感謝他們所賜在此就讀的機會。她將就讀加州 the College of the Desert in Palm Desert.
The guest speaker, Dr. Raymond Yeh, gave a talk exhorting the graduates to believe in themselves. “Whatever the path you will be taking in the coming fast paced society, believe that you can create life experiences you want. You do that by not letting other people limit your vision, and painting as clear as possible the future experience you want to have. When you do that, you are already in the future and can move in synchrony with your life as you have designed it.” Next, Dharma Master Heng Liang, representing the Sangha and the Board of Education, quoted a passage on trees from the
Lotus Sutra and compared the graduates to saplings that have been nourished at the school and that will one day grow into great trees which provide shade and benefit to all living beings. Following her talk, Dharma Master Heng Dzu spoke as the teacher representative, Ms. Susan Chen spoke on behalf of the parents, and nine DVGS alumni went up together to give the seniors some words of advice on college life. The sixth and eighth grade graduates were awarded their certificates, and Honor Roll and Presidential Awards were also handed out. Finally, the five seniors of 2006 gave their heartfelt speeches. Yvonne Chen, founder of the school’s Community Service Club, head of Chinese Orchestra, and assistant Chinese dance teacher and choreographer, will be sorely missed for her outgoing, helpful, and generous spirit as she attends college at UC Davis.
Nancy, a resident of CTTB and student of the Girls School since kindergarten, served as President of the Association of the Student Body (ASB), head of Chinese Dance and of the school’s BMUN (Berkeley Model United Nations) club. Nancy will be attending Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.
Aryatara (Tara) Kandahsari, a very kind and hardworking individual, had also been a DVGS student since elementary school. Under her guidance, the Yearbook Club published a beautiful yearbook three days before graduation, breaking the record for early publication. Tara also headed up the school’s basketball team, the Dragons, for several years. Tara will be attending San Jose State University in the fall.
Julia Ha, as editor of the student newsletter Sitra, managed to publish an issue every single month - a feat unheard of in DVGS history. Julia was also President of CRC (College Resource Center) and Vice President of ASB. In the dormitory, she was a model student leader and Heng Dzu Shr’s (the dorm supervisor) assistant. She will be attending UC San Diego in the fall.
Chieh-Ling (Claire) Chin, who came to DVGS from Taiwan in the tenth grade, had started out with only rudimentary English. Through hard work and perseverance, she had built up her English skills enough to stand before an audience on her graduation and deliver a moving bilingual speech that had many in tears. Although her parents couldn’t make it to the ceremony, she thanked them for giving her the chance to study here. She will be attending the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California.
Although the graduates of 2006 will be treading on a new journey, we believe they won’t forget their roots in CTTB, nor will we forget them. May they continue to develop their wisdom and fulfill the school’s vision of having excellent graduates going out into the world to contribute and make it a better place.
育良小學與培德中學男校於六月十六日，舉行畢業典禮。典禮開始時，四位高中應屆畢業生在 Edward Elgar 柔和的 Pomp and Circumstance 歌聲中步上講臺。大眾唱了國歌之後，萬佛聖城方丈恆律師為各位來賓致詞。接著7-8年級導師凱樂門先生為今年初中畢業生頒發畢業證書。
The Boys’ School held its 2006 Commencement Exercises on June 16. The ceremony began with the solemn procession of the four graduates onto the stage, with Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance playing in the background. After a quick rendition of the national anthem, the emcees began the program, with Dharma Master Lyu, Abbot of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas speaking a few words to the graduates, and followed by Mr. Kellerman handing out certificates of promotion to six eighth graders.
Mr. Bostick, principal of Developing Virtue Boys School, then congratulated the graduates on their accomplishments and informed the audience on the seniors’ future as well as the colleges they are due to enter in the fall.
Senior Robert Lee’s mother, Dr. Shu-Chu Chang, spoke of the various trials involved in bringing her son to the school and of the Venerable Master’s vision for the school which gave her faith to break through the difficulties. In excitement, she concluded that the four-year education and pure environment of CTTB have instilled a virtuous foundation in her son.
Next was the keynote speaker, Mr. Robert S. Block, a noted entrepreneur and communications industry expert who has received more than 100 communications patents in 29 countries. Mr. Block advised the graduates on the road ahead, on how to succeed, and on how to benefit the world.
Mr. Bostick, Dharma Master Jin Fan, and Mr. Kellerman presented a variety of awards to students. Many students had done well in the national American Mathematics Competition as well as in the regional California Math League (CAML) and were presented with pins and certificates. Our school placed 23rd in a group of 176 schools in the CAML, and first in the region including Mendocino, Lake, Napa, Marin, and Sonoma counties. Junior High students won the second place in basketball games in Northern California Chinese Culture Competition (NCCCC).
The Presidential Service Award was given by DM Heng Shun to students who had performed over 150 hours of voluntary community service over the past year. The members of the school’s fourth-place team at the NCCCC as well as Edwin Truong and Bill Kao who were second and third-place winners in the Northern California Chinese Talent Competition’s Calligraphy and Essay contests were honored with trophies and certificates by DM Jin Fan. Qin Zhi Lau was recognized for his work on the Boys School yearbook, and Simon Huynh was awarded the Jerry Huang Memorial Scholarship for the student with the best ethical behavior.
This year there were four graduates from the Boys School. Vincent Cheung was a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, but he moved to Ukiah after Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of his hometown. Though he has been in the school for only one year, Vincent was very involved in school activities, including the Chinese Culture Competition. Frank Lee, who has been at the school since 2000, is known for his constantly cheerful attitude towards all things and for helping the elementary school students. Robert Lee served as the Associated Student Council’s treasurer for two years, and has been in the school since 2002. Edwin Truong is well-versed in the arts of Chinese Calligraphy and was also part of the Chinese Culture team.
After the graduates gave their speeches, Mr. Bostick presented them with diplomas, eliciting a standing ovation from the crowd. These fine young men will now go on to bigger and greater things in life, and bring success and peace to their families, friends, and teachers.