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2017 Graduation Ceremony Congratulatory Speech by Headmaster
Posted 06/12/2017 10:30AM
To the senior class: congratulations on your graduation.
86 Keio students are now leaving our nest.
I feel a deep desire to celebrate as you continue onwards with the burning passion you showed in your school life and the countless memories you have picked up along the way.
I am sincerely happy for all of the family members present today. Joining us also are Keio University Trustee Prof. Masahito Omori and Chairperson of the Keio Academy of New York Board of Trustees Prof. Jiro Kokuryo. Many other honored guests including Headmaster Tomihiro Okamura of the New Jersey Japanese School, Headmaster Noboru Kojima of the New York Japanese School, and Mr. Hirotsugu Sakata, founder of the Sakata Scholarship, are here with us as well. 
Graduates, I hope that you will hold with pride the fact that you have spent these formative years of your youth here in the splendid environment of New York. In the autumn, the skies are a crisp, piercing blue; in the winter, our surroundings become a surreal, dazzling silver; spring then brings a dreamlike world of falling petals; and with summer, the campus bursts into brilliant green. It is truly a beautiful place, and it is extremely fortunate that you have had the opportunity to grow here, building up your physical strength, putting all your effort into learning, and nurturing friendships with love and respect.
Your next phase in life is university, the institution that will provide the finishing touch on your education. I’m sure that your accomplishments and the things you have gained from your school life at the Academy will support you in many different ways. I have come into contact with each of you for one reason or another, and now that it is time to send you off, what I would like to ask of you most is “to open new opportunities for yourself using your own strength”. With that in mind, please confront this challenge with courage and self-awareness.
Your university life, which will prepare you to become contributing members of society, will be an opportunity to raise your cultural sensitivity. It is my hope that you will humbly strive to become a well-rounded person and deepen your education all over the world in vigorous pursuit of learning.
All the faculty and staff of Keio Academy of New York will endeavor to make this a school that you can be prouder to call your alma mater with every passing year. At the same time, we truly hope that you will grow to become great people whom this school can be proud to call its alumni.
Congratulations to the Class of 2017!
Fumihiko Kono

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