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Degree Conferral Ceremony and Graduation Ceremony: Graduates Go to the Forefront of IT with Memories in Their Hearts

The KCGI degree conferring ceremony and the KCG graduation ceremony for 2008 were held on March 19 at the satellite in front of Kyoto Station, and the friends who had studied together in the KCG Group left for the forefront of IT with many memories.

Mr. Toshiharu Hasegawa, President of KCGI, conferred the degree, and Ms. Yumi Fujii, Principal of Rakuhoku School, Mr. Sumio Makino, Principal of Kamogawa School, and Mr. Yoichi Terashita, Principal of Kyoto Ekimae School, conferred the diploma.Following the ceremony, President Hasegawa and Dean Yasuko Hasegawa presented commemorative gifts to the graduates of KCGI and KCG who were selected as the Grand Prize and Excellence Award winners, respectively.The selection committee for the Grand Prize and Excellence Award was chaired by Professor Shigeru Eiboh for KCGI and Advisor Teiichiro Yoneda for KCG.

Ms. Yasuko Hasegawa, President of KCG School, continued the ceremony.The president of the school reiterated the fact that the KCG Museum, which houses a set of computers used by the school in the past, was recently recognized as the first "Distributed Computer Museum" in Japan by the Information Processing Society of Japan, and that an alumnus of the school was appointed as the president of CSK Systems, a leading software company in Japan.After calling on the students to take pride in their alma mater, he said, "Japan, a nation of technology, is standing on the edge of a cliff because young people have lost interest in science.You, the graduates, have a great responsibility to pass the baton to the next generation without letting it fall into ruin.I hope that you will inherit the tradition of KCG and play an active role as an IT pioneer in the age of ubiquitous computing while cherishing the relationship with not only the graduates but also with more than 38,000 alumni.Mr. Toshiharu Hasegawa, President of KCGI, said, "Now is an opportune time for information technology to demonstrate its true value in the midst of the global recession.I hope that you will continue your efforts and improve your knowledge more broadly and deeply in the future.

Mr. Ken Yoshimura of KCGI, representing the graduates and alumni, said, "IT is an infrastructure, and it will continue to advance.I would like to contribute to society as a high-level engineer by making the most of the skills and knowledge I have cultivated, and I will do my best as a member of the alumni for the development of my alma mater," he said in his powerful "graduation address.

After the ceremony, the celebration party was held at Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto.The graduates and alumni shared their memories with the faculty and staff who had shared their joys and hardships, and pledged to make great strides in the future.