Valedictory Speakers

Maharjan, Lachhindra

Aloha and Namaste!
Honorable President Wright, Board of Trustees, Distinguished Guests, Faculty, Friends, Family and Fellow Graduates!
We all are here today determined to start a new and meaningful life.  I would like to congratulate all the graduates for your success.  You all have your own stories, achievements, and sources of inspiration to lead your life as true human beings. 


I am dedicating this evening to my parents, brothers, sisters, friends and some of the inspirational people in my life.  
My parents always motivated me to be highly educated for the benefit of my country and to help deprived people.  I have been able to pursue my double master's degree because of their genuine support.


Dr. Marais, the Chairperson of the School of Social Work spent many years of her life working for the political, social, and economic revolution in South Africa.  She is a great human being who has earned my admiration.  All my social work professors are inspirational. Their dedication, hard work, and teamwork have made this school the best. Indeed, social work is the best profession that transforms lives of people and helps create a just society.


While recognizing the inspirational people in my life, I would like to salute President Wright for his leadership quality, vision and dedication that proved to be instrumental in converting a small college into the state's largest private University.  President Wright, I am following your path. I have my action plan to establish a school of social work in Nepal and I will continuously work to convert my dream into a big University in Nepal in the near future.


My country Nepal is the Birth Place of Lord Buddha, a country known for Peace and Bravery, the country of Mount Everest, and home for 100 different ethnic groups speaking more than 100 different languages.  In short, it's a naturally beautiful and culturally rich country.  I want to return back and work for my country and the people.


Nevertheless, as long as I am here, I will continue working for Hawaii. I believe one should blossom wherever you are. Hawaii! It's a paradise. But, economically, it's not so easy to live here. Since the very first day of my arrival to Hawaii with my sister, we went through different challenges, including culture shock.  It was my sister who was always with me to face problems and share happiness. My sister is my lucky charm. In our difficult times, we didn't get any support from anyone except from our great professors, Debbie, Dr. Keoni, and our great friends. (You know who you are)


All the people I have mentioned in my speech are great because they have been doing simple things responsibly, genuinely, and happily.  Fellow graduates, let's continue taking simple and genuine actions.  For example, we can advocate for passing the bill on anti-human trafficking in Hawaii. We can also donate 50 dollars, which is enough to send a child to school for a year in Nepal or in other developing countries.  We can be the reason for their happiness. Indeed, we can do so many things wherever we go to bring smiles to the faces of many people. Be happy and make everyone happy with your truthful and right actions.

Mahalo and Dhanyabad