Morning Closing Ceremony
Our UConn Pharmacy Study Abroad students officially graduated on friday June 17. The ceremonial day began with presentation of TCM certificates by Associate Dean Zhao of the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Students presented with Certificates by Dean Zhao and Professor Yang, June 17
This was followed by a totally unexpected farewell “party” held in honor of our UCONN students, organized by the School of Foundation Education (our Mandarin teacher, Ding LaoShi’s dept) The party was hosted by professors Li Yanfeng (Dennis) and Wu Zhaoxia (Jenny) who are fluent in English. A number of Departments were represented (i.e. Department of Applied Linguistics and Physical Education). The Chinese faculty and students performed singing, dancing, and martial arts. Our American students sang their Chinese revolutionary song “Dong fung hong, tai yang sheng” “The east is red, the sun is rising”; All glory, laud, and honor; and a Mandarin skit performed by Celeste Karpow, Vijay Godsay, and Ruchita Bhgat. The party ended all too quickly with our students presenting the party organizers with flowers to show them our appreciation of all their effort on our behalf.
Farewell in honor of UConn students hosted by the School of Foundation Education
Evening Closing Banquet
The closing banquet was hosted by us at the “Masters Inn” located on the PUHSC campus. All teachers and graduate students who were involved in the teaching of the TCM and Mandarin classes were invited. We had a private room reserved for us. Altogether, there were 20 people present to partake of the sumptious feast laid before us. We ended the banquet with closing remarks made by Becky Smith and Celeste Karpow who presented notable highlights of their 5 week experience and made us all laugh very hard but also feeling sad at the ending. Very thoughtful gifts and cards to the teachers from our students were exchanged and we ended the finale of the evening with some more singing by our students and Tai Chi lead by Professor Yang.
Closing Banquet - June 17
Left to right: Back row; Associate Dean Zhao, Ding Laoshi, Professor Zhang, Emily Lau, Celeste Karpow, Becky Smith, Vijay Godsay; 2nd row: Professor Li, Sherry Lu, Christina Ricci; Front row: Professor Wang, Ruchita Bhagat, Montanna Paulhus, Michelle, Jack (Chinese grad students), Chelsey Varghese, Professor XiaoYan Nie, and XiaoFei Lee
Closing Banquet - Tai Chi after dinner with Professor Yang
Retrospectively, a group of our more adventurous students suffering from “insomnia” and perpetual “hunger” went to a 24-hour dim sum restaurant and feasted until 3 AM in the morning. Good thing, I didn’t know of this before hand. I might have had to accompany them and spoil their fun…..