M.C./ Dr. Stan Foster
Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen and Honored Guests.
I am Dr. Stan Foster, Vice-President and Founder of
California Miramar University.
It is my great privilege to be part of this Commencement
Ceremony in honor of Madam Xiaoqiu Ma.
Madam Ma’s accomplishments in Business, Leadership,
education and the arts, and in serving humanity are
I would like to play this brief Video that shows an overview
of her beautiful achievements.
(What an impressive list of accomplishments!
Madam Ma, I would like to take this moment to thank you on
behalf of all of the millions of people who’s lives you have
touched through your eﬀorts!
Our virtual audience today circles the world. Distinguished
friends and colleagues are joining us New York and Los
Angeles and from all across China. The top administrators,
Deans, Provost and the President of California Miramar
University are all joining us from beautiful
San Diego, California.
We are joined by a renown Chinese press core and audience of
dignitaries in Shenzhen, China, including Dr. Zhang Vice
President Dr. of Shenzhen University.
Acer our commencement ceremony, our Chinese guests will
continue on to celebrate the release of Madam Ma’s new book
Autumn Dialogues 2.
Our ﬁrst speaker is the man who introduced Madam Ma to
California Miramar University, Mr. Holmes H. Stoner Jr.
Holmes is the founder and Chairman of the
thirty-three-year-old Paciﬁc Rim Business Council and its
more than 400,000 small and micro-sized business members.
Hello. I am honored to be here today sharing this special
moment with Madam Xiaoqiu Ma. I have known Madam Ma for four
years. We originally connected because of our shared
interest in business. Her company the Ding Yi Feng Group has
been a tremendous success and its business model cultivated
by Madam Ma is one that should be studied and emulated for
years to come.
We share many interests, beyond business, including the
arts, and particularly singing and song-writing. I’ve never
had one of my songs touch millions of people, like your
wonderful song “The Prayer”, but I share with you the belief
that through music, the arts, and education, we can create a
common culture that can bring the people of this world
together in a profound and lasting way.
I am delighted to have shared my love and respect of you
with California Miramar University and proud that they are
recognizing you today . There is no one more deserving of
this great honor. Congratulations!
Good day to everyone. Dear Madam Ma.
I am very honored to be part of this ceremony today.
I have found your writings both inspirational and insighlul.
Your humanitarian eﬀorts in 2017 at
the Sycamore Tree Charity Project, providing thousands of
scholarships to the young and disadvantaged students in
china, was very special,
As a woman in a long-standing leadership role here at
California Miramar University, I understand the hurdles
women face as well as the strength and vision women plan as
an integral part of an organization, as you have done so
Your eﬀorts this past year to help those aﬀected by this
pandemic, by providing medical aid and assistance and later
delivering a much-needed message to the human spirit through
words and music were invaluable.
I think everyone here today will agree, women play a vital
role. We only need to give all women the education, support,
and tools to accomplish their dreams.
Leadership combined with a mission to help others, is a
beautiful combination. You are an inspiration to all women
around the world.
Thank you for all you have accomplished and
welcome to the California Miramar University family.
I am Bijan Zayer, the Dean of California Miramar University
and the Honorary Degrees and Distinguished Alumnus Awards
CommiQee chair. We are charged with evaluating a proposed
candidate for an honorary degree. We have gone through many
applications in the past, and I can conﬁdently tell you that
it is a rare occasion that a committee comes across such
splendid accomplishments in only one lifetime.
Our evaluation has resulted in the highest possible ranking. As such, it
is my honor and privilege to highly recommend the awarding
of this well- deserved honorary degree to Ms. Ma., it is an
honor for CMU to have you in our exclusive and distinguished
family of Honorary degree holders with the highest degree
that CMU awards to an outstanding global leader such as you.
Distinguished guests, President, Chancellor, Dean, ladies,
and gentlemen, I would like to welcome you all to this
momentous Honorary Degree Ceremony. As the DBA Program Chair
and a member of The Honorary Degrees, Distinguished Alumnus
Awards, and Memorials Committee at CMU, I am proud to have
had the pleasure of reviewing Ms. Ma's extensive
achievements and impressive resume. One rarely comes across
such a distinguished accomplished leader. Therefore, it is
my pleasure to announce the committee's unanimous highest
level approval of Ms. Ma's qualiﬁcations to be the recipient
of CMU's honorary doctorate degree.
Ms. Ma, let me be the ﬁrst to congratulate you on
this well-deserved recognition.
I also would like to welcome our distinguished global guest,
president, Dean, dignitaries, and scholars to this momentous
California Miramar University awards honorary degrees to
individuals who have made outstanding contributions in speciﬁc
ﬁelds or society at large but have not completed the
academic requirements for a degree or certiﬁcate conferral
It is essential to point out that despite receiving numerous
applications for such honorary degrees, CMU has only awarded
two degrees in the past two decades! That is why this
ceremony is a very rare and signiﬁcant event in
Today on this auspicious occasion and based on our esteemed
Honorary Degrees and Distinguished Alumnus Awards
Committee's highest recommendation.
I have the great pleasure and honor to confer the honorary
degree of doctor of strategic leader highest honor—on this
truly exceptional lady.
As you have seen and heard, Ms. Ma has been selected in
recognition of her outstanding contributions—as an artist,
healer, scholar, philosopher, philanthropist, edupreneur,
entrepreneur, and a notable global leader.
This outstanding woman we honor today has chosen to blaze
her own trail, and in so doing, she inspires us to be bold
in our aspirations and resolute in our actions.
Through her leadership, innovation, and creativity, this
distinguished individual contributes daily to realizing a
more humane, inclusive, and educated global society.
As we welcome her to the prestigious CMU family of honorary
degree recipients, we hold her up as the pinnacle of an
engaged global citizenry who exempliﬁes our belief in the
power of knowledge, insight, and discovery to advance the
Madam Ma, I, have been greatly impressed by your passion,
your boundless energy and all of your magniﬁcent
And now, under the authority vested in me as President of
California Miramar University,
I am honored to award you the degree of
Doctor of Strategic Innovation and Leadership,