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Degree Conferral Ceremony and Graduation Ceremony for the first semester of 2013 were held.

On Tuesday, September 17, the first semester of the 2013 academic year, The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics ( KCGI) degree conferment ceremony and the Kyoto Computer Gakuin ( KCG) graduation ceremony were held at the main hall of the satellite in front of Kyoto Station, Kyoto Institute of Information Science.The students who studied together at the KCG Group left the school with a strong desire to "maintain the tradition and pride of their alma mater and do their best to make use of the specialized skills they have acquired so that they can play an active role in the future.

KCGI President Toshihide Ibaraki presented each graduate with a "Master of Information Technology (Professional)" degree, while the principals of the Rakuhoku, Kamogawa, and Kyoto Ekimae schools presented each KCG graduate with a diploma.Afterwards, KCGI alumni who were selected for the Best Project Award and the Excellence Award were presented with certificates and commemorative gifts.

In his address at the ceremony, KCGI/KCG General Director Wataru Hasegawa congratulated the students, saying, "You are graduating and completing your studies on the 50th anniversary of KCG's founding and the 10th anniversary of KCGI's founding.As for the environment surrounding the society, the international situation is chaotic due to the TPP (Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership) negotiations and territorial disputes, etc. On the other hand, the future is still uncertain in Japan as the Abe administration's "Abenomics effect" is raising expectations for an end to deflation and economic recovery, while the timing of the consumption tax hike is being considered.He also mentioned "Cool Japan," which has recently received a great reputation worldwide, and KCGI's preparations to become the registry for the top-level geographical name domain ".kyoto.

President Ibaraki cited "globalization" and "big data" as keywords in ICT today, and said, "The ICT field is changing, developing, and expanding its influence, so it is important to have an attitude of actively acquiring more detailed knowledge and new knowledge by oneself in the future as well.I hope that you will challenge yourself with new possibilities, always thinking about what ICT can add to our lives and how it can lead to our happiness.You are the key to the changes in the ICT society," he said.

Then, Mr. Zhang Xin, a graduate of KCGI's Graduate School of Applied Information Technology, on behalf of the graduates, said, "Since entering KCGI, we have had various experiences that cannot be summed up in one word, such as the joy of learning and the anxiety of learning in a different culture as international students.In my graduation address, I will continue to apply the highly specialized skills I acquired at the university and strive to improve myself with a broad perspective and deep insight, never being satisfied with my current knowledge and abilities, while keeping my eyes on the global community.At the end of the event, all attendees sang "Hotaru no Hikari" (Light of Fireflies).A celebration party with KCGI alumni was also held at the nearby Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto.

Congratulations to all graduates and alumni.We sincerely wish you all the best in your future endeavors.