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Undergraduate Spring Graduation Ceremony 2014

Graduate Spring Graduation Ceremony 2014

Students, parents, members of the Board, deans, directors, and special guests: the Tokyo Tech community is pleased to welcome you to the 2014 Spring Undergraduate Graduation Ceremony. Congratulations to all of our 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, on March 26, 2015, we celebrate the graduation of 1,110 students with bachelor's degrees. It is our pleasure to acknowledge these talented individuals who have displayed great potential for the future and who have opened a new page in the history of the Institute.

I believe that you are all very excited and optimistic, and full of hopes and dreams for your future. I know that those of you entering the workforce will tackle any tasks you are given by utilizing the knowledge and experience you have gathered here, and adapt to various environments as you contribute to society. Those of you moving on to graduate studies will further enhance your professional prowess after which you will most certainly be asked to fill important roles that promote the sustainable development of Japan and the world.

Whatever path you choose, society needs you more than ever. Japan will implement its 5th Science and Technology Basic Plan in 2016, and key focal points will be the creation of innovation in science and technology and the development of highly competent human resources. Innovation will require not only breakthrough inventions, but the combination of entirely new concepts and techniques to create new value. There are symbolic examples of this type of change overseas, but domestic ones are still scarce. In order to strengthen Japan's industrial competitiveness, we need to recognize the importance of creating new value and giving birth to significant change in society.

In other words, flexible thinking sprinkled with a touch of creativity is required of us all. Regardless of age, specialization, or position, scientists and engineers need to work together with experts in the humanities and social sciences to allow innovation and new value to emerge. I hope all the graduates here today will keep this in mind as you carry this bright and strong society into the future.

You are now graduates of Japan's finest university in science and engineering, and you should be proud. I encourage you to proactively and fearlessly take on new challenges to further expand your abilities and build your confidence. Lastly, I ask you to spare no effort in helping create and protect a sustainable society where people can live in happiness and peace.

I pray for your bright future.

March 26, 2015
Yoshinao Mishima
President, Tokyo Tech