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Undergraduate Spring Graduation Ceremony 2015

Undergraduate Spring Graduation Ceremony 2015

The Tokyo Tech community is pleased to welcome students, parents, members of the Board, deans, directors, and special guests to the 2015 Spring Undergraduate Graduation Ceremony. Congratulations to all of our graduates, especially those of you who came from abroad and successfully completed 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 28, 2016, we celebrate the graduation of 1,060 students with bachelor's degrees. It is a great pleasure to acknowledge these talented individuals who have displayed great potential for the future and who have opened a new page in the Institute's 135-year history.

I am certain that you are all full of hopes and dreams as you envisage your future selves. Those of you entering the workforce can utilize the solid fundamental knowledge and skills you have acquired to tackle any tasks you are presented with. Move forward with strong spirit but allow yourself to be flexible as you contribute to society. Those of you advancing to master's programs will build on the knowledge you have accumulated and enhance your professional prowess after which you will most certainly be asked to fill important roles that promote the sustainable development of Japanese and global society. I hope that you see your graduate studies not simply as an extension of your student life, but also as a further opportunity to make your desired future role in society a reality.

April 2016 marks a milestone in Japan's science and technology policy. It will be 20 years since the launch of the first Science and Technology Basic Plan, a policy dedicating between 17 and 25 trillion yen each 5-year period to the enhancement the nation's science and technology capabilities and development of competent human resources. The backbone of the soon-to-be launched 5th Plan, designed by the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, consists of three main components — responding to current economic and social challenges, developing a mechanism for science and technology innovation, and creating new value that gives birth to future industries and social change — the last of which particularly stands out. As information technology continues to rapidly evolve, and social and economic structures frequently fluctuate, it is said that we live in an age of drastic change. In order to strengthen Japan's industrial competitiveness and ensure a safe, stable, and sustainable nation, we must work towards the creation of new industries and the transformation of society. We must accept and lead in this era of change. We must strive for revolutionary innovations. With science and technology at the forefront, society needs all of you more than ever. As you continue to develop and improve yourselves, make sure to look upon both successes and failures as equally important experiences, and embrace these challenges with spirit and enthusiasm.

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 and successful future.

Congratulations.

March 28, 2016
Yoshinao Mishima
President, Tokyo Tech