公衆衛生学研究科長 遠藤 弘良
The working language used at this Graduate School of Public Health is English, therefore please allow me to address you in English now.
(Please take seats.)
It is our great pleasure to have this Commencement Ceremony and Service of Thanksgiving jointly with the College of Nursing and the Graduate School of Nursing Science.
We truly feel how the Graduate School of Public Health is part of the St. Luke’s family.
On behalf of all faculty and supporting staff of the school, it is my great honor and privilege to say a few words for the graduating Master of Public Health Class of 2018.
I would like to congratulate all 19 of you as well as those who have supported you, your families and friends, from the bottom of my heart.
As working professionals, I can imagine that you must have had some stressful days and nights as you were studying while working as well as taking care of your families.
Surely / today you are 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 years you spent at St. Luke’s, you obtained the practical skills and knowledge required of public health professionals in such fields as biostatistics and epidemiology, and through the capstone project, which is equivalent to a master’s thesis, you have learned how to apply those skills and knowledge to real life issues.
However, that is not all you learned at our school.
You have namely acquired the sensitivity to see “health” from a broad array of perspectives, not only representing individual but also public points of view.
Another very important asset you have obtained is your network of people.
Our school is proud of diversity. Diversity of professional background, nationality, culture, experience, and so forth.
As professionals, you have to continue studying throughout life.
This is a long and hard road, but connected with this network of diverse people, you will not have to walk this road alone.
You will be able to share the problems and concerns you encounter / and encourage each other to continue forward.
From tomorrow, you will be physically away from the school. However, I consider you part of the domestic and global network of St. Luke’s,
In other words, members of the extended family of St. Luke’s, Thus, you are always spiritually connected with us.
Whenever necessary, / don’t hesitate to contact us for help, advice or even consolation.
We are always by your side.
St. Luke’s Graduate School of Public Health started just two years ago with little experience, minimal reputation, and limited resources.
But thanks to your pioneering spirit and hard work, we have started gaining momentum to becoming one of the best graduate schools of public health, not only in Japan but in the world.
We will start the global standard DrPH course from this year, and will welcome more than 30 new students to the MPH course next month, and I’m sure that 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 for your future endeavors.