His Majesty The King graced the 9th Convocation ceremony of the Royal University of Bhutan.
Graduates of 2011 and 2012 from College of Science and Technology, Sherubtse College, Gaeddu College of Business Studies, College of Natural Resources, Royal Thimphu College, Institute of Language and Culture Studies, National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Royal Institute of Health Sciences, and Jigme Namgyel Polytechnic attended their convocation ceremony.
In His Address to the graduates, His Majesty The King acknowledged the contribution made by the families of the graduates for their love, support, and sacrifice; the dedication of numerous teachers whose service was invaluable to their education; and lastly the graduates for their hard work and perseverance, that led them to this moment where they are each capable of determining their own future and possess adequate skills to serve the Nation.
His Majesty told the graduates that they are the custodians of Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage. That Bhutan’s continued peace and stability, the pursuit of national goals and long term security, all an integral part of Nation Building, rests in their service to Country.
His Majesty highlighted numerous challenges such as avoiding economic crises, unemployment, growing national debt, the impending threat of natural disasters, and long term success as a democracy which ensures good governance, cohesion and prosperity.
“We have to work hard to ensure that democracy is a success, and that it will lead to good governance where leaders are honest and capable enough to fulfill the aspirations of our people,” His Majesty said.
“We must ensure that with development, there is also equitable growth and equal opportunities for all, otherwise we cannot truly say that we are a successful nation.”
“Am I afraid of these challenges? Are you? I am certainly not. There is nothing to fear. But we must always be concerned, because that means we have understood the challenges we face and along with it the enormous responsibilities that follow,” His Majesty said.
His Majesty said that being a nation of less than 700,000 people will be to our advantage. An extraordinary degree of good planning supported by efficiency and speed can be achieved.
His Majesty reminded the graduates that it is not a question of whether we have the capability to achieve success. The question is, “will we make the choice to stand up and take responsibility? Will we choose to make a difference?”
“I have played a small part in your life, but I am certain that you will play a big part in mine and in the future of our nation.”
His Majesty The King awarded degrees to the graduates.