TUJ 2024 Commencement Ceremony in Tokyo. Photo by Ant Smith (TUJ Student)

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) was filled with an upbeat and celebratory atmosphere as it conducted its commencement ceremony on May 17, 2024. The ceremony was attended by more than 300 undergraduate and graduate students, along with over 1,000 guests including family members, friends and distinguished guests at the Hitomi Hall of Showa Women’s University in Tokyo.

The commencement ceremony took place against the backdrop of significant accomplishments that TUJ has recently achieved, including substantial growth in enrollment, the introduction of new degree programs, a major expansion into Kyoto, and the establishment of collaborative agreements with Nagasaki and Ehime prefectures, among other noteworthy developments.

Raymond F. Greene, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy, delivered remarks to congratulate the graduating Class of 2024, honor their academic achievements and wish them success in their future endeavors. Nagasaki Prefecture Governor Kengo Oishi, who signed a collaborative pact with TUJ in March, also spoke to the students during the ceremony. From  Temple University’s Main Campus in Philadelphia, President Richard Englert and Senior Vice President and Provost Gregory N. Mandel addressed the graduating students. 

Representing the graduating students, Natsumi Sugiura, who earned a bachelor of arts in international affairs, and Masahiro Fukumoto, who earned a master of laws, delivered speeches to their fellow classmates and the audience.

The graduation ceremony was streamed live on the internet so that family and friends from around the world could view it. The broadcast can also be viewed on the TUJ YouTube channel.

Established in 1982, TUJ has excelled in building bridges between cultures and advancing the globalization of higher education. TUJ is the largest and longest-running branch campus of a foreign university in Japan. The Japan campus is the flagship Asian operation of Temple University in Pennsylvania, a leading public university with more than 360,000 alumni worldwide. At TUJ, undergraduate enrollment has reached a record high of over 2,200 students in the spring 2024 semester. In addition to the undergraduate programs, the university has the Graduate School of Education, Master in Management Program and Law program, as well as non-degree programs such as Continuing Education, Corporate Education and the Academic English Program to serve a wide range of needs. TUJ was recognized by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and officially designated as a Foreign University Branch in 2005.

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