On September 17, the convocation ceremony for the 2020 cohort of students was held at the Shipai campus of SCNU. Over 400 student, faculty, and staff representatives participated at the scene. Due to the epidemic, this year’s ceremony was simultaneously broadcast on line, and over 12,000 new students watched the event.



 Main venue at the Shipai Campus


Students watch the opening ceremony in dorms

Debut release of "An Ode to SCNU"

As part of an overall effort to educate new students in school history and also as a gift for them, SCNU specially produced the video called “An Ode to SCNU” and made its debut release at the ceremony. 


Students watch the video at the beginning of the event

Depicting over 85-year history of SCNU with graceful wording, the verse-style work was first written in commemoration of SCNU’s 85th anniversary by teachers and students of the school in 2018, and subsequently adapted to a 7-minute video this year. The main content shows the ceaseless efforts of generations of SCNUers and the rapid development of the school.

SCNU president calls for endeavor and responsibility

SCNU president Wang Enke addressed all new students and praised their efforts and resolve, to study during the coronavirus pandemic. He noted that SCNU offers resources for students to “seek for prominence and progress independently”. 


President Wang Enke addresses the newcomers

Three hopes were expressed in his speech. First, after going through the pandemic, students must treasure themselves and appreciate the truth of life as growth process. Second, they are expected to spare no effort to fulfill their value of life through practical actions. And finally, it’s important for all students to combine self-development with national development, undertaking the obligation of national rejuvenation.

Representatives of students and teachers made speeches

Xu Guiqing, a teacher from the School of Physics and Telecommunication Engineering voiced encouragement to the freshmen. He advised them on three topics: planning the direction of future development, applying consciousness of research to study and work, and communicating sincerely with teachers, parents as well as peers. 


Xu Guiqing gives a speech as a representative of teachers

Meanwhile, senior student Tai Jinghui from the School of Philosophy and Social Development said freshmen would realize their dreams at SCNU as long as they are hardworking and remain attentive to what they love.


Student representative Tai Jinghui speaks at the convocation

1.34 million in scholarships for excellent students

As an annual tradition, SCNU grants scholarship to students who distinguish themselves from others at the college entrance exam. This year, 1.34 million worth of scholarship was issued to 83 students, with the amount ranging from 80,000 to 10,000 RMB. 


Vice president Chen Wenhai announces the decision




 Party Secretary Zhu Kongjun awards students

Admitted in applied psychology of School of Psychology, Xing Sirui, one of the four recipients obtaining an 80,000-yuan award, could not hide her excitement on hearing the news. 


Xing Sirui receives 80,000-yuan scholarship

Speaking of her plan on the use of money, she said she would give it to her parents as she wants to thank them and good use of the scholarship. “I look forward to joining the psychology base class and also some clubs related to my major psychology,” she said, eager to start a wonderful journey at SCNU.

The opening of the 2020/2021 academic year comes at a time when many people are still struggling with the covid-19 epidemic. Against this backdrop, the event organizers created works in commemoration of this special year for new students. 


Performance by new students

Eleven newcomers from eleven different provinces recited the works together, pushing the event to a climax. 


Students recites the poem 

With all the new students having arrived at the school, the opening ceremony ended up with the singing of the university anthem.



Students sings the university anthem

Translated by Qiu Lezi

Proofread by Edwin Baak 

Edited by Li Jianru

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