Shizenkan University Celebrates the Class of 2021 Commencement with an Online Ceremony
2021年06月02日
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TOKYO—- On Saturday, May 29, we celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2021 with offline and virtual ceremonies.

 

H.E. Ambassador Patricia Flor of the EU Delegation to Japan, gave the Keynote Address to the Graduate School of Leadership & Innovation, Shizenkan University graduating Class of 2021. “I personally will count on you in the future to act as bridges between Japan, your home countries, the European Union, and the rest of the world,” she said, urging the graduates, “to understand and respect cultural differences, to ensure that fruitful relations—business, people-to-people—are developed, and, even more importantly, that these people-to-people relationships lead to friendships and global cooperation.” The support and dedication to these ideals shown between the graduates over the past 20 months certainly prove that Shizenkan students are already well on their way to implementing the Ambassador’s charge.

 

 

During the ceremony — held via ZOOM — students and supporters from all over Japan signed in to receive congratulations and hear words of wisdom from faculty, staff, and prominent alumni. Professor Emeritus of the Department of Political Science at Stanford University, Dr. Daniel Okimoto reminded the Class of 2021 that, “True leadership is serving others.” With an image of Pope Francis washing the feet of refugees flanking his screen, he followed with a request to all students, “Please try to balance your pursuit of private gain with the public interests and contribute wherever you can to the collective good.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The graduates also had the privilege of hearing opening remarks from President Monte Cassim, final well wishes from the Founder and Chair, Dr. Tomo Noda, and many other supporters, including the leaders of the Shizenkan Alumni Secretariat, assuring them that their leadership journey with Shizenkan was not over and there would be many opportunities to collaborate with classmates and the larger network for years to come.

 

After tuning in together for the live ceremony, students trickled onto the Nihonbashi campus in small groups of 4-5 with their Research Seminar classmates to receive their graduation certificates in person and take photos with beloved faculty and supporters. Even amid an ongoing pandemic, Shizenkan graduates found ways to celebrate their big day with safety in mind.

Many thanks to the distinguished guests who gathered with warm messages and support to these fresh MBA degree holders and congratulations to class of 2021!

 

[Outstanding Student Awards]
Shizenkan bestows Academic Distinction and Leadership Distinction to the top 15% achievers in acquisition of skills/abilities and demonstration and practice of whole person management leadership, respectively. Academic Distinction is selected based on the grades (S/A/B/C/F) of all courses taken throughout the program, and Leadership Distinction is selected based on the votes after the final individual seminar presentations. Academic Distinction and Leadership Distinction are the following people (in alphabetical order).

 

<Academic Distinction>

●English Class
– Chihiro Eikyu
– Kazura Koda
– Naomi Oshino
– Yoshifumi Tachi
– Thomas Linda E. Veraart

 

●Japanese Class
– Yo Akiyama
– Kazuki Gawazawa
– Toshihiro Horio
– Ichita Sakinawa
– Yoshikazu Takagi
– Misato Tanaka
– Kohei Tsutsumi
– Takeshi Yamaguchi

 

<Leadership Distinction>

●English Class
– Abdul Hameed HASHIMI
– Kazura Koda
– Abdulraheem M. A. Alawneh
– Eias Satria Setiawan
– Yoshifumi Tachi

 

●Japanese Class
– Yo Akiyama
– Ryuta Furusawa
– Yohei Moriyasu
– Ichita Sakinawa
– Misato Tanaka
– Takeshi Yamaguchi
– Linlin Zhao

 

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