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    JUNE 23, 2005
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U.S. ambassador to Japan gives keynote address at TUJ commencement ceremony

Photo courtesy Temple University Japan
J. Thomas Schieffer, U.S. ambassador to Japan (front, center) joined Temple University Japan's commencement on June 11. To his left, Robert J. Reinstein, vice president of international programs and dean of the Beasley School of Law, and to his right, TUJ Dean Kirk R. Patterson, pose with some of this year's graduates.

Temple University Japan’s commencement ceremony, held on June 11 at Tokyo’s Radisson Miyako Hotel, recognized 152 graduates and was a milestone in TUJ’s history. It was the first commencement since TUJ’s designation as a Foreign University, Japan Campus, by Japan’s Ministry of Education. It also was the first TUJ commencement attended by a U.S. ambassador to Japan. In addition, the commencement witnessed the 1,000th graduate of the Master of Education in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) program, which was among the first programs offered when TUJ opened in 1982.

The TUJ ceremony was part of Temple’s 118th commencement, held on Main Campus on May 19. Guests at the TUJ ceremony included Robert J. Reinstein, vice president of international programs and dean of the Beasley School of Law; Richard Englert, deputy provost and dean of the University College; Rajan Chandran, vice dean of The Fox School of Business and Management; Thomas Jacobson, associate dean of the School of Communications and Theater; and Melinda Spencer, vice dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

A highlight of this year’s TUJ commencement was the attendance of U.S. Ambassador J. Thomas Schieffer, who delivered the ceremony's keynote address. Schieffer congratulated the graduates on their accomplishments and wished them continued success in the future. He noted that “the Temple University Japan Class of 2005 is unique. You will be the first class to graduate since the government of Japan declared Temple to be a foreign university with a Japan campus. Hopefully, other universities will receive similar declarations. But no matter how many may follow, you will always be the first, and that will continue to be a source of pride.”

After Schieffer’s remarks, a telegram from Nariaki Nakayama, Japan’s minister of education, was read. Nakayama wrote, “Over many years, TUJ has contributed significantly to the internationalization of higher education in Japan and to the development of a stronger friendship between Japan and the U.S. I would like to congratulate all the graduates and look forward to your contributions in various fields around the world.”

In total, 11 associate of arts, 51 bachelor of arts, 2 master of law, 18 master of business administration, 45 master of education and eight doctor of education degrees were conferred.

- Eriko Kawaguchi