On March 19, 2024 (Tue), the degree conferment ceremony for AY2023 Spring was held at the University of Aizu auditorium. 282 individuals, including 189 students graduating from the Undergraduate School of Computer Science and Engineering, 81 students completing the Master's Program and 12 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 TSUKAHARA Tsuneo conferred diplomas. Following congratulatory addresses by the Governor of Fukushima and Aizuwakamatsu City Mayor, students who excelled in academics and research while attending the university were commended.
Then, Undergraduate Representative IJU Hikari stated his reply address.
Students who were commended are as listed below:

President's Award KATO Yume (Undergraduate School)
YAMAGISHI Syunsei (Master's Program)
Award of Excellence IJU Hikari (Undergraduate School)
ISHII Daichi (Undergraduate School)
NGUYEN Ngo Doanh (Master's Program)
The award from Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers, Tohoku Division NOHARA Kaiki (Undergraduate School)
Encouragement Award from Information Processing Society of Japan, Tohoku Division SAKUMA Toya (Undergraduate School)
The award from the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan, Tohoku Division NAKAMURA Zen (Undergraduate School)
The award from the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers SUZUKI Kota (Undergraduate School)
The award from Aizu Area Foundation for the Promotion of Education and Science TAKANO Taichi (Undergraduate School)
NAKAMURA Yuriya (Master's Program)



Message from President

Congratulations to all of you receiving degrees today, including 189 from our undergraduate school, 81 from our master's program, and 12 from our doctoral program. On behalf of the University, I humbly express my heartfelt congratulations to all of you.

I am sure that your family members and those who have supported you up to this point are incredibly happy for you. I would like to express my deep respect for all the support they have made for you until today.

Since its founding, the University of Aizu, a university specialized in Computer Science and Engineering, has admitted diverse students from Japan and around the world and turned out a number of computer scientists capable of succeeding in international society and engineers highly skilled in information and communications technology. I am extremely honored that we are once again able to send out all of you in the world with the cutting-edge skills you acquire and a heart full of hope.

We are living in an era of constant and rapid change, as demonstrated by the occurrence of some of the most notable social changes in recent memory, such as the Great East Japan Earthquake and nuclear-power-plant accident, the COVID pandemic worldwide, the Noto Peninsula earthquake in January and the advent of ChatGPT.

In the future, you may confront seemingly insurmountable challenges, but there is one important ability that will allow you to overcome them. That is "negative capability," a term first used by the 19th century English poet John Keats, and which can be described as the ability to be receptive to ambiguity and to tolerate uncertainty.

The cutting-edge technologies and skills you acquired at the university will serve as the basis for solving challenges with uncertain solutions, such as the declining birthrate and aging population, rural economic decline, and increasingly extreme natural disasters. I urge all of you to use this knowledge as the foundation to continue to train your negative capability through daily practice, develop your ability to discern the true nature of things, and continue to strive to move your lives and society in a more prosperous direction.

Thanks to all the efforts of our alumni, the University of Aizu has become a university that attracts attention not only from across Japan but also around the world. Your future success will be a driving force for boosting the status of your alma mater.

I hope that you will proactively interact with people from diverse fields, deepen the knowledge you have gained here, strengthen your relationships with friends and mentors, and continue to evolve yourself.

I will conclude my address by expressing my desire that all of you will play an active role as talents who will create a prosperous world in the future.

Once again, congratulations to all of you today.

March 19, 2024


President the University of Aizu