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Undergraduate Spring Graduation Ceremony 2013

Undergraduate Spring Graduation Ceremony 2013

Students, parents, members of the Board of Directors, deans, directors, and special guests, the Tokyo Tech community is pleased to welcome you to the 2013 Spring Undergraduate Graduation Ceremony. Congratulations to all of our young graduates, especially those of you who came from abroad to take your degrees. I would also like to express my respect to the families who have given so much to support the education of these young men and women.

Today, we celebrate the graduation of 1,092 students with bachelor's degrees. This brings the total of graduates since Tokyo Tech became a degree-conferring university in 1929 to 59,022. It is our pleasure to celebrate these talented young individuals who have displayed great potential for the future and who have opened a new page in the history of the Institute.

Some of you will move on to graduate school, while others will enter the workforce. I believe that all of you are very excited and optimistic, and full of hopes and dreams for your future. Last year, the Japanese economy showed slight improvement for the first time in many years. In addition, in September 2013, Tokyo won its bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and this has encouraged the nation. Since the Great East Japan Earthquake hit three years ago, restoration of the areas damaged by the disaster has progressed rapidly. With this bright news, I feel that we are ready to take another step forward with high hopes for the future, and I hope all of you graduating today will move forward with confidence as the youth who will carry this bright and strong society into the future.

As you look back on the four years you have spent here at Tokyo Tech, do you feel you have accomplished what you set out to do? How have you changed? Are you confident in the goals you have set for your future? Are you satisfied with your choices for the future? As you continue forward, it is important that you look back at your progress from time to time, set new goals, and develop the skills required to achieve them. As you know, there are two types of goals, short-term and long-term. The short-term goal for those who are moving on to master's programs is to acquire a master's degree; the short-term goal for those who will enter the workforce is to tackle the tasks you are assigned. As you pursue these short-term goals, it is important to always be proactive. You should never allow yourself to be passive because this will not help you find your next goal. If you accept the challenges offered and devote yourself to finding solutions, you will gain the confidence and energy to take on even greater, more rewarding challenges. Most, if not all of you have experienced this feeling during your four years here at Tokyo Tech, the feeling of confidence that comes after overcoming difficult challenges. Of course, sometimes you will find yourself failing, but each setback becomes valuable experience for the future. Working on short-term goals will help you to see long-term goals. The next few years are a very important period in your life, so please be positive and accept a wide range of challenges.

You are all graduating from Japan's finest university in the field of science and engineering. I hope those of you who are moving on to graduate programs will pursue your interests while building on the basic skills and humanity you have developed here. I hope those starting careers will be ever proud of graduating from Tokyo Tech, and positive in working on whatever you are assigned. Solutions to many of the global-scale issues that affect us beyond the boundaries of regions and cultures are expected to come from science and technology. I am confident that Tokyo Tech graduates will be at the forefront of the drive to create a sustainable society in cooperation with other young talent in this global society, and will contribute to the establishment of an environment where people can live peacefully and happily.

March 26, 2014
Yoshinao Mishima
President, Tokyo Tech