Tokyo Tech News
April 17, 2017
Tokyo Tech's Graduation Ceremonies for academic year 2016 were held on March 27 at the Ookayama Campus. The ceremony for bachelor's degree graduates began at 11 a.m., while master's and doctoral graduates were honored at 2 p.m. Graduating students and their families were joined at the ceremonies by President Yoshinao Mishima, members of the Board, deans and directors, faculty members, and special guests.
In his speech to new bachelor's degree recipients, President Mishima began by reminding everyone to carry themselves with pride as graduates of Japan's finest university in the field of science and technology. He encouraged those joining the work force to make full use of their solid fundamental knowledge and skills while boldly taking on new tasks, and to move forward with strong spirit and flexibility as they contribute to society.
In the afternoon, the president addressed the Institute's master's and doctoral graduates. Mishima spoke of the high expectations society has for Tokyo Tech alumni, and highlighted the importance of gaining day-to-day experiences before responding to these expectations. "Based on accumulated experience, you can begin to propose new ways to move forward, and start thinking one step ahead," Mishima advised. The president also urged everyone to continue challenging themselves proactively by learning the basics of corporate management or taking on another foreign language.
To conclude, the president addressed Tokyo Tech's doctoral graduates, congratulating them for mastering the elements and processes required to take on new challenges and to solve the most difficult of problems, and for conquering the highest peak of academic achievement at the Institute. Mishima expressed hope that those continuing in academia persist with advancing cutting-edge research and forefront education, and those moving to the business world embrace with confidence the different kinds of challenges that would undoubtedly present themselves.
Before the conferral of degrees, alumnus and East Japan Railway Company Corporate Auditor Yoshio Ishida (Class of 1966, Department of Mechanical Engineering) also delivered a congratulatory speech to both groups.
A total of 192 doctoral degrees, 1,475 master's degrees, 26 professional master's degrees, and 1,072 bachelor's degrees were conferred. At the bachelor's level ceremony, representatives from each department received diplomas, and students with the highest academic achievements were recognized with the 2016 Tokyo Institute of Technology Academic Excellence Award. Representatives of each department also received diplomas at the ceremony for students of master's and professional programs. All doctoral degree students who completed their programs received their diplomas individually.
Despite the morning spring rain, the weather cleared up in the afternoon, allowing graduates to celebrate by taking pictures in front of the Main Building with families and friends.
The Tokyo Tech community wishes its graduates continued health and success.