Congratulations to all of you who received your degrees from Kyushu University today. A total of 413 students (72 in the Bachelor Degree Program, 146 in the Master's Program, 1 in the Professional Degree Program, and 194 in the Doctoral Program) received their degrees. Among these, 267 are international students.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we regret that we cannot invite family members and others who could have joined you to celebrate your graduation to our campus, but we would like to celebrate today's milestone with those of you watching the live stream. Let me extend to you the heartfelt congratulations of all the University’s faculty and staff.
Since last year, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected many activities across national borders and around the world. We cannot foresee when the pandemic will end, and our world of learning is facing enormous changes also. I am sure that this time has presented many hardships, especially for our international students. I would like to express my respect for the unyielding efforts of all of you who overcame these difficulties, deepened your studies, devoted yourselves to learning, and successfully graduated today. I am very proud of you. I hope that the lessons you have learned here will be of use to each of you in the next phase of your lives, and I look forward to your successes in the future.