Dean's Message

Congregation Speech 2020

Mr. President, Faculty Staff, Graduates, Students, Parents, Ladies, and Gentleman, welcome to the 203rd Congregation of The University of Hong Kong

I am delighted and honoured to witness the formal graduation of the outgoing undergraduates and postgraduates of the Class of 2020. You graduates are the proud product of this fine University and conferring the degrees upon you that you so well deserve is the highlight of the academic year.

Your experience at The University of Hong Kong has gone far beyond the classroom education. Many of you had a chance to get to know people from various walks of lives, learn about the delivery of oral healthcare in other parts of the world, or work on projects that expanded beyond oral health sciences. Furthermore, you have become part of the University community, the character of which you and your classmates from all parts of the campus have shaped.

Together, we have lived through some difficult times. It affected the very fabric of our society, our well-being, and also your education. However, we have risen to the challenge, created innovative solutions for seemingly unsurmountable problems and made it possible for you to complete your studies. I hope that the slight delay of your graduation was a small price to pay for what we have achieved. I would like to thank all of you, the staff of our Faculty, and the staff of the Prince Philip Dental Hospital for pulling together during these difficult times and making it all happen.

The Congregation not only marks the successful completion of your formal education, it also signifies the beginning of your professional life. I hope you will make the most of it. You are the future of the dental profession and have all that it takes to contribute to our Faculty’s vision of delivering impact through innovation, interdisciplinarity and internationalization.

Whether you stay in Hong Kong, return to your home country, or move on to new places, as alumni of The University of Hong Kong, you will remain a member of our community. I hope you will stay connected and continue to engage with your Alma Mater.

I am wishing you a successful and fulfilling professional career and above all, a happy life.


Professor Thomas Flemmig
Kingboard Professor in Advanced Dentistry
Dean, Faculty of Dentistry
The University of Hong Kong