Degree Conferral Ceremony and Graduation Ceremony for 2011
The 2011 KCGI Degree Ceremony and the KCG Graduation Ceremony were held on March 17 at the The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics Kyoto Station Satellite Hall.The representatives of graduates and post-graduates made a pledge that they would make the most of their knowledge and skills to contribute to the society amidst the urgent need for reconstruction after the Great East Japan Earthquake.
At first, President Toshihide Ibaraki of KCGI conferred the degree of "Master of Information Technology (Professional)" on the graduates, and the principals of Rakuhoku, Kamogawa and Kyoto Ekimae schools conferred the 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 his ceremonial address, Mr. Wataru Hasegawa, Chairman of the Board of Directors of KCGI and KCG, stressed the importance of having a dream for graduates and graduating students.Our computer and IT education is about creating dreams.There are even people who say, 'Japan is at a standstill,' but now is the best time to dream.I am looking forward to seeing it grow and blossom," he said.He also mentioned that the kcg.edu group will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2013, and said, "We are about to embark on new challenges such as the opening of the Sapporo satellite of KCGI and the development of the .kyoto registry, which will greatly change its appearance.I believe that as your alma mater, we can become a school that you will always be proud of.
As an example of the progress of ICT (Information and Communication Technology), President Ibaraki cited "human-computer games in chess, shogi, and go.In Shogi, a computer defeated a former Meijin in January 2012.He pointed out, "Since Go requires big-picture judgments, the computer side is still struggling, but there is a possibility that it will be able to compete with the best professional players in the near future.I hope that you will take on the challenge of unlimited possibilities, based on an optimistic view of the rapid expansion of new possibilities and the birth of interesting research themes and businesses," he said.
Then, on behalf of the graduates and alumni, Mr. Tomohito Nakagawa, a graduate of KCGI's Graduate School of Applied Information Technology, majoring in Web Business Technology, said, "I was able to lead a meaningful student life at a school with tradition.I was able to master information processing technology, which gave me an advantage in society, and I was also able to polish my overall strength as a human being through general education and culture.Another asset is that I was able to experience different cultures and make many friends through exchanges with international students.There is a wide range of social contributions we can make.I will do my best with diligence," he said in his graduation speech.At the end, all the attendees sang "Hotaru no Hikari" together.
After the ceremony, we moved the venue to Kyoto Tokyu Hotel and held a celebration party.The graduating students and faculty members who had shared their joys and hardships with the graduates shared their memories and pledged to make great strides in the future.