The 57th annual UMUC Commencement Ceremony in Tokyo
Seventy-four students celebrated their graduation from University of Maryland University College on the afternoon of Saturday, April 13. The ceremony was held in the Empire Room at the New Sanno Hotel, Tokyo. This was the 57th annual UMUC Commencement Ceremony in Tokyo.
Of the 74 who participated, 54 received Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees, fifteen received Associate’s Degrees, and five received master’s degrees they had earned mainly through UMUC’s online programs.
Air Force SSgt. Joaquin Habhan enjoyed the event “tremendously.” “It was an amazing feeling being able to accomplish a goal I set for myself,” he said. “Hard work and dedication with a lot of time management really paid off. Congratulations again to everyone else that graduated with me, it will be a day to remember for the rest of our lives.”
Hannah Smith moved to Florida before finishing her degree, but she completed it online and came back to Tokyo for the ceremony. “It was important for me to come back and walk during the ceremony, because my older sister was also graduating. Overall, it was put together beautifully and I took home memories that cannot be replaced.”
During the ceremony, greetings were given by Brigadier General Jerry D. Harris Jr., Vice Commander, 5th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, Yokota Air Base, Japan; and Joyce Wright, President of The Wright Company, and Member of the UMUC Board of Governors.
The Commencement address was delivered by Mr. Javier Miyares, President of UMUC.