Graduation Speeches

Masaaki Shirakawa, the 30th Governor of the Bank of Japan and Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from the International University of Japan. I believe many of you are excited about the opportunities before you. Standing at this podium, I wonder how I felt 46 years ago at my commencement. Just a few days after the ceremony, I joined the Bank of Japan, the central bank of Japan and spent my almost entire professional life at the bank. Fortunately, central banking was a really fascinating and rewarding job. For the next fifteen minutes or so, let me talk a bit about my personal journey…

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Hiyoyuki Itami, President of International University of Japan

Today, we all gather here to congratulate our class of 2018 as they finish their graduate study at International University of Japan, IUJ for short. We are so honored to have many distinguished guests today, including

Professor Masaaki Shirakawa of Aoyama Gakuin University who was the former Governor of Bank of Japan, and His Excellency Mr. Thulani Dlomo, Ambassador of South Africa. Dr. Shirakawa will kindly give a commencement speech in this ceremony. We are…

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Chapman, Nicholas William, PhD, Graduate School of International Relations

Dear Fellow Staff, and Students,

It is an honour and a privilege to stand before you as the first PhD Graduate at IUJ. Seeing as I am the only one, the PhD class reunion of 2018 might be a very lonely affair.

First and foremost, I must state my sincerest gratitude towards my supervisor Dr Maung Aung Myoe who has given so much to me along with this school. I would also like to…

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Nzima, Buyisile Zinhle, Graduate School of International Relations

Good Morning Chairperson of the board of IUJ, Board members, President Itami, Dean Yamaguchi and Dean Li, Honorable guest speaker Faculty, Special guests, Friends, and family of the graduates And most importantly, the honorees for the day, the class of 2018.

Today I have been entrusted with the enormous task of representing the GSIR class of 2018 and extending a vote of thanks to everyone that has contributed towards this moment as well as deliver the valediction. Thank you for this great honor.

I would like to begin by thanking…

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Khvan, Aleksandra, Graduate School of  International Management

Greetings Honourable guests, The Presidents of IUJ, Mr Itami, Professors and members of the both academic and supporting staff, Fellow Graduates, Ladies and Gentlemen, Konnichiwa!

Class of 2018….. We did it, guys. Congratulations!

It is funny how we always knew that this day would come, but just never knew that it would feel like this. Thinking back to how it all began, I hope that we can leave with good memories and new hope for our individual futures.
As many of us are not Japanese national, we all came from far to MinamiUonuma. That was a brave move…

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