2019年度学位記授与 公衆衛生学研究科長 祝辞（2020年3月10日）
公衆衛生学研究科長 遠藤 弘良
On behalf of the faculty and supporting staff of the Graduate School of Public Health, it is my great honor and privilege to have the opportunity to say a few words directed towards the Master of Public Health graduating class of 2019.
From the bottom of my heart, I would like to congratulate the 24 of you and all those who have supported you, including your family and friends. As most of you are working professionals, I can imagine that you must have had stressful days and nights as you had to balance studying while working, in addition to family priorities.
Surely, you must be filled with relief, excitement, and perhaps a bit of anticipation and uncertainty for what tomorrow may bring.
Your Master of Public Health degree represents both the time you invested in hard work as well as the new opportunities that lie ahead.
During the time you spent at St. Luke’s, our hope is that you have obtained practical skills and knowledge required of public health professionals, and through the master’s capstone project, you had the opportunity to apply those to real life issues. In the wake of the novel corona virus epidemic, the importance of public health has been dully recognized even among the general population. Your training obtained at St. Luke’s could contribute in a critical way to addressing this epidemic, including at your workplace. I imagine that in this current situation we face, your professional contributions would be greatly appreciated even immediately after graduation.
Another very important asset you have obtained is your network of people. Our school is proud of the diversity it cultivates in professional background, nationality, culture, and experiences, to name a few. As professionals, you have to continue studying throughout life. This is a long and hard road, but connected with this network of diversity, you will not have to walk this road alone. You will be able to share problems and concerns you encounter and cheer each other on in your paths moving forward.
Even after graduation, we consider you as part of the domestic and global network of St. Luke’s. As members of the extended family of St. Luke’s, you are always connected with us. We are in the process of strengthening the alumni association with the help of graduates and current students. Your active contribution to the activities of the alumni association will be much appreciated which may include assistance with teaching and research activities for current students.
We started a doctoral program in public health from last year, and next month, we will have the pleasure of welcoming almost 30 new students admitted into the MPH and DrPH programs. No doubt they will follow in your footsteps and continue the tradition of hard work and success.
We look forward to the successful development of your professional carrier paths and wish you all the best in your future endeavors.