On March 19, 2021 (Thu), the degree conferment ceremony for AY2020 was held at the University of Aizu auditorium. 263 individuals, including 210 students graduating from the Undergraduate School of Computer Science and Engineering, 48 students completing the Master's Program and 5 students completing the Doctoral program were conferred with degrees that will help them contribute to society in their own way.
At the conferment ceremony, University President MIYAZAKI Toshiaki conferred diplomas to Undergraduate Representative MATSUO Yuhi. After President MIYAZAKI's ceremonial address, students who excelled in academics and research while attending the university were commended.
Then,Undergraduate Representative MATSUO Yuhi stated his reply address.
Attendance of this year's ceremony was limited to degree recipients in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Students who were commended are as listed below:
|President's Award||MATSUO Yuhi (Undergraduate School)|
|OTAKE Tatsuki (Master's Program)|
|Award of Excellence||MURAKI Masaya (Undergraduate School)|
|HOMMA Yuki (Undergraduate School)|
|TERADA Kenta (Master's Program)|
|The award from Aizu Area Foundation for the Promotion of Education and Science||HASHIMOTO Shihomi (Undergraduate School)|
|MIKHAILAVA Veranika (Master's Program)|
|The award from Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers, Tohoku Division||KIMURA Kaisei (Undergraduate School)|
|"Encouragement Award" from Information Processing Society of Japan, Tohoku Division||HASHIMOTO Ryohei (Undergraduate School)|
|The award from the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan, Tohoku Division||YAMAYA Yuhei (Undergraduate School)|
The signs of spring are beginning to arrive here in Aizu. As much as we have all been looking forward to the end of winter, I am sure the 210 individuals receiving bachelor's degrees, 48 individuals receiving master's degrees, and 5 individuals receiving doctorates have been looking forward to this occasion with even more anticipation. On behalf of the University, I wish to express my heartfelt congratulations to all of you.
As happy as you may be, I am certain your elation pales in comparison to that of your families, friends, and the other people who have supported you until now. I wish to express my deepest gratitude to these individuals.
Since its founding, the University of Aizu has admitted diverse students from Japan and around the world and developed computer scientists who are capable of succeeding in international society and engineers highly skilled in information and communications technology. I am immensely proud fact that each of you who have mastered cutting-edge technology here at the University of Aizu are about to go out from Aizu into the broader world with a noble spirit cultivated in the region's rich natural environment.
Humanity is currently facing a historic crisis in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to have serious and wide-ranging effects. In the case of the University of Aizu, we were forced to cancel this academic year's admission ceremony and were unable to hold lectures and exercises in person as usual. Even now, we are in a tense situation that requires constant vigilance. At the same time, March 11 will mark the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. The physical and psychological scars that this disaster left on the people of Fukushima Prefecture and the rest of the Tohoku region have yet to fully heal. Even so, we must unceasingly accelerate the region's revitalization.
Through the COVID-19 pandemic and the Great East Japan Earthquake, we have experienced the way different factors can drastically change the world. While you are certain to face difficulty in your future lives, your free thinking unbound by convention wisdom and your drive will allow you to overcome it. It is my strong hope that you treasure the knowledge you have acquired and relationships you have forged at the University of Aizu as you help to build a richer future. I have high expectations for your future achievements. Once again, congratulations to you all!
March 19, 2021
The University of Aizu