Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon!
The Tokyo Tech community is delighted to welcome students, parents, relatives, staff, and friends to the 2019 Spring Graduation Ceremony for master's and doctoral program students. I would like to congratulate sincerely all of our graduates today. Let us also express our respect to your families, who have given so much to support you on your journey so far.
On this special day, we celebrate the graduation of 1,591 students with master's degrees, 28 students with professional master's degrees, and 184 students with doctoral degrees. You have all demonstrated the highest levels of academic achievement, creativity, and conviction to reach this milestone today. Many of you took on the additional challenge of joining Tokyo Tech from abroad. I commend you all, and thank you for adding another unique page to the 139-year history of the Institute.
I am confident that each one of you will create significant impact in the future, whether it is through the development of new technologies, contributions to groundbreaking research, or the creation of new business ventures. With the knowledge and skills you possess, you have the ability to change the world. Whenever you seek motivation, think back to your lab mates, your professors, and all the students and faculty who walked the halls of the Institute with you and before you. Return to your roots as members of Tokyo Tech. Re-examine yourself and your passions. Think of trailblazers like Dr. Yogoro Kato and Dr. Takeshi Takei. Over 90 years ago, Kato and Takei teamed up at Tokyo Tech's Department of Electrochemistry to develop ferrite, a ceramic material with magnetic properties. This unique invention, coupled with a passionate, enterprising approach, led to the establishment of TDK, a pioneering example of a university-launched startup that today employs over 100,000 people. In the 21st century, ferrite remains a key component in smartphones, tablets, and electric vehicles. Undoubtedly, world-changing startups and scaleups like this require deep knowledge, extraordinary skill, determination, and discipline, but also, a bit of luck. Fortune, however, favors the bold. Be bold, keep an open mind, and apply the enterprising spirit for which Tokyo Tech graduates are known. Do this, and your horizons are infinite.
Throughout your time here, Tokyo Tech researchers and students — including many of you — have received awards from a range of prestigious international bodies. The Institute has continued to expand its study abroad offerings, which many of you have experienced. Later this year, a new international exchange hub donated by a Tokyo Tech alumnus — Hisao & Hiroko Taki Plaza — will open in the heart of Ookayama Campus to boost further the global opportunities offered to students. While you may not get a chance to utilize Taki Plaza as students, I invite you all to visit us in the future to experience this landmark, provide inspiration to the students that follow in your footsteps, and continue to show support for your alma mater.
As you move into the next phase of your life, I ask you always to wear your Tokyo Tech badge with pride. The Institute is diversifying rapidly, and the Tokyo Tech name is gaining recognition around the world. As alumni, you are the genuine ambassadors of this institution and the outstanding research and education it represents. The world needs your compassion, creative abilities, and leadership more than ever. Don't be afraid to say that you are members of Team Tokyo Tech.
Finally, I want to draw your attention to the Institute's seal, the swallow by the window. This seal symbolizes the Institute as a hub of technical innovation from which the windows of the world open up to its members. You all entered this window seeking knowledge, guidance, motivation, and excitement. I hope we have provided that to you. Today, you are standing at the same window, facing the world and ready to take flight. I encourage all of you, as Tokyo Tech graduates, to embrace every moment of that flight as you use your knowledge and skills to make the world a better place.
Once again, thank you, and congratulations!
March 26, 2020
President, Tokyo Tech