It is my joy to attend the graduation dinner of the first batch of graduates who have completed their nine months of cross-cultural training. To mark their completion, one of the highlights is having dinner with the sponsors and friends.
Although eating or having meal together is important in many cultural settings, there are implications for having graduation dinner. The first implication is a celebration as the graduates have laboured for nine months. Indeed, celebration is vital for people who have worked hard and completed a task, a program or a project. The celebration can be an encouragement for those who have laboured irrespective of the level of achievement.
The second implication of the graduation with the sponsors participating is a preparation for the days ahead. As far as the cross-cultural training is concerned, there will be new batch of recruits. We look forward to having the second batch, third batch and many more batches in the days ahead. Therefore, having the dinner with the sponsors is an opportunity to inspire them to participate in this worthwhile long term project for the blessing of our cross-cultural society.