2020 Academic Year Graduation and Commencement Ceremony were held
"2020 Academic Year Graduation Ceremony and Commencement Ceremony" were held on March 18 at the Kami Campus, where a total of 629 students (508 in the undergraduate program, 115 in the graduate program, and 6 in the doctoral program) received their degrees.
In order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, this year's ceremonies were held in Campus Green and on a smaller scale than in previous years. The ceremonies were attended only by those involved (graduating students, alumni, faculty, staff, and current students who participated in the ceremony). The ceremonies were also streamed live for those who were not able to attend on the day.
President Masahiko Isobe gave a commencement speech encouraging the graduating students, "when you start a new job or activity, or go into a new environment, there are many unknowns and hardships. However, on the other hand, it will be a great opportunity to learn a lot and re-acknowledge the weaknesses and strengths of your original environment. Challenging yourself to try new things is a great opportunity to improve yourself, so don't be afraid to try new things and to go into the unknown. You should challenge yourself proactively especially in the world which is unknown and uncertain to you. I sincerely hope that your lives from tomorrow will be bright and shining, and I would like to send you all off with these words of encouragement."
On behalf of the graduating stuents, Ms. Yuki Takino (4th year, School of System Engineering) gave a speech. She said "from now on, each of us will go our own way. Whichever path we choose to take, we are sure that the experience we gained at Kochi University of Technology will be made good use as solid wisdom. We will spread our wings to a new environment for further growth in the future."
The graduating students looked at the university buildings with a sense of sadness of farewell and were reluctant to part from their familiar campus.
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