Tokyo Tech News
Published: March 27, 2020
Tokyo Tech's Graduation Ceremonies for academic year 2019 were held on March 26, 2020 at Ookayama Campus. Bachelor's degree recipients were acknowledged in the morning, while master's and doctoral graduates were honored in the afternoon.
Due to concerns regarding the spread of the novel-type coronavirus, the Institute's ceremonies were limited to President Kazuya Masu's congratulatory speeches. Students, family members, faculty, and friends were asked to experience the celebration virtually via a livestream.
During his talks, Masu urged the graduates to combine their acquired knowledge and skills with an enterprising mindset as they moved on to new challenges, and to continue wearing their Tokyo Tech badge with pride. "The world needs your compassion, creative abilities, and leadership more than ever," the president declared.
This spring, Tokyo Tech conferred 184 doctoral degrees, 1,591 master's degrees, 28 professional master's degrees, and 1,023 bachelor's degrees. Graduating students represented 34 countries and regions. Due to the exceptional circumstances, students were requested to collect their degrees and other certificates at a different venue after the ceremonies.
This March, Mr. Yoshio Ishida, president of the Tokyo Tech Alumni Association (Class of 1966, Department of Mechanical Engineering), was unable to deliver his speech directly. He sends the following message to this spring's graduates.
March 26, 2020
I would like to wish all of our graduates warm congratulations on this special day. I hoped to join this celebration with family, faculty, friends, and all those who have been so deeply involved in the lives of the students graduating from Tokyo Tech.
Unfortunately, due to preventive measures concerning the novel coronavirus, this spring's graduation ceremony was scaled down significantly. Let this year's events serve as a reminder that we will all encounter various challenges in our lives, and that we can courageously face and overcome those challenges.
I believe you have all experienced fulfilling student lives since you entered Tokyo Tech. You built strong relationships with your professors, fellow students, and others around you at the Institute. Over time, as you move into work life and other stages in your lives, I believe you will look back and greatly value the time you spent here. I encourage all of you to continue interacting with your fellow alumni, and utilize your connections at Tokyo Tech as a source of energy and motivation.
Whatever path you choose from here, I wish each of you an active, fruitful life that opens up a brighter future for you and those around you.
President, Tokyo Tech Alumni Association
The Tokyo Tech community wishes all graduates continued health and success.