IUJ’s Graduation Ceremony for 2016 was held on June 27. 158 students from 30 countries graduated in good standing.
In the congratulatory address, President Kimio Kase said that “Today is a special day for all of us. We expect that you can tell yourself that you have managed to realize yourself not only for your own sake and betterment but also towards others and the world. If so, IUJ and I personally will be happy. Living and working together, having face to face discussions, learning in an appropriate milieu are essential for IUJ. We ask you to extend your helping hand to us.”
In the congratulatory address, Chairman Shoei Utsuda said, ”You came here to IUJ in Minami-Uonuma to become leaders. You are so ready to begin your life of leadership. Be bold with grand aspirations when you stand as a leader. Behave selflessly. And devote yourself to the people working and interacting with you.”
Then IUJers warmly welcomed the special guest speaker, Mr. Masaru Onishi, the Director Chairman of Japan Airlines. He said that “For a company to survive and grow, we as a group need to have a sound mind. I sincerely hope you will use your conscience as a moral-compass to make good decisions.”
The IR valedictorian, Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh Truc from Vietnam said that “If our lifetime is a shinkansen train, then IUJ must be a definitely important destination in our life. We had joy, we had fun, we had everything here -together- who came from all over the world, have different genders, different backgrounds or conditions – have the same name from now on- IUJ alumni.”
The IM valedictorian, Ms. Nguyen Thu Thuy from Vietnam said that “We’ve learnt a lot from classes, but we’ve learnt from each other, from the beauty of diversity, from living together with people from all over the world. I believe what we have learnt here are crucial for our future success, and more than that, for us to better the world. ”
Congratulations, Class of 2016!