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2019 Graduation Ceremony Congratulatory Speech by Headmaster
Posted 06/10/2019 02:11PM


To the senior class:


Congratulations on your graduation.
109 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 made 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 Haruhisa Usui of the New Jersey Japanese School, Headmaster Noboru Kojima of the New York Japanese School, and generous scholarship donors Mr. and Mrs. Hirotsugu Sakata are here with us as well. 

Graduates, I hope that you will hold with pride the fact that you have spent these past few formative years of your youth here with many friends in the splendid environment of New York. Sometimes, the skies are a crisp, piercing blue, when you enjoy sports to the fullest extent. At other times, our surroundings become a surreal, dazzling silver, when you indulge yourself in academic challenges; spring then brings a dreamlike wind of falling cherry blossom petals; and with summer, the campus bursts into shining green, anticipating the new school year. This beautiful campus is truly your home.

The next phase of your life will be the opportunity to expand your cultural awareness. It is my hope that you will humbly continue to strive to become a complete person. Deepen your education to go beyond the cultural differences of this world. Go beyond conventional ideas, in vigorous pursuit of working and contributing to the global society.
Then, some day, I do expect you to come back to campus and give us a speech at this Student Center, which could become our tradition. I believe the person who has “Self-Respect” is the one who can take initiative from independent thinking and grow on your own.

12th graders, your life restarts from here today.

I would like to give you some words of farewell.
“Never rely on others. Cultivate your life on your own. Never be conceited. May your heart always be purely humble and embracing the blue sky of New York.”


Congratulations to the Class of 2019!



Fumihiko Kono

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