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Degree Conferral Ceremony and Graduation Ceremony Held: "I Want to Use My Knowledge and Skills to Help Rebuild the Disaster Area

The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics (KCGI) degree awarding ceremony in 2010 Kyoto Computer Gakuin (KCG) The graduation ceremony was held on March 19th at the Kyoto Information Graduate University Kyoto Station Satellite Hall.In the midst of the devastation caused by the Great Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake, our colleagues who studied together at the KCG Group left the study house with a strong desire to "contribute to the further progress and development of social infrastructure by making the most of the knowledge and technology we have cultivated toward the reconstruction of the disaster area.

At the beginning of the meeting, all the participants offered a silent prayer for the victims of the Great Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake.Following the ceremony, KCGI President Toshihide Ibaraki conferred the degree of "Master of Information Technology (Professional)" on graduates, and the principals of Rakuhoku, Kamogawa and Kyoto Ekimae schools conferred diplomas on KCG graduates.After this, certificates of commendation and commemorative gifts were presented to the graduates and alumni who were selected as the best and excellent students of KCGI and KCG.

In her speech, Ms. Yasuko Hasegawa, President of KCG, referred to the Great Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake and stressed that "we must share the pain with the people in the affected areas and overcome this national crisis together.I hope you will use this as an opportunity to learn how to care for others and the importance of life," he said to the participants.He also asked graduates to cultivate "workplace skills," which emphasize human relations and mutual sentimentality in the workplace, and "on-site skills," which are based on dialogue with those around them and enable them to resonate and empathize with each other.

President Ibaraki said, "The Great East Japan Earthquake has exposed the fact that our information infrastructure is still fragile.As professionals specializing in information technology, we must seriously consider what we must do in the future," he pointed out.On the other hand, the democratization movements sweeping North Africa and the Middle East were triggered by ICT technology.I hope that you will find what the times require and take on challenges proactively.

Then, on behalf of the graduates and alumni, Ms. Megumi Hiramoto, a graduate of KCGI's Graduate School of Applied Information Technology, majoring in Web Business Technology, said, "I was able to lead a fulfilling student life at a school with tradition.In the midst of the unprecedented catastrophe caused by the Great Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake, it can be said that accurate and rapid information and communication, along with the relief goods transport system, is absolutely essential social capital for people to live.I believe that it is the mission of information technology engineers to support the roots of this vital social capital," he said in his powerful "graduation address.At the end, all the attendees sang "Hotaru no Hikari" together.

After the ceremony, the venue was moved to Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto, where the "Farewell Party for Graduates" was held.The graduates shared their memories with the faculty and staff with whom they had shared their joys and hardships, and pledged to make great strides in the future.