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Ceremony in Tokyo to Take Place April 13

The 2019 University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Japan Commencement ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. at the New Sanno Hotel in Tokyo, Japan. Guest seating will begin at 1:30 p.m.

The ceremony will include a keynote address by Col.Otis Jones, commander of the 374th Airlift Wing at Yokota Air Base, Japan. Col. Jones is responsible for the management, training, command and control of the only Department of Defense airlift wing in the Pacific theater. As the Western Pacific airlift hub, Yokota Air Base provides mission-ready forces and base operating support to guarantee U.S. forward presence and crisis response. Col. Jones graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1995, and has since held a variety of positions at the squadron, group, major command, headquarters Air Force and joint headquarters levels, prior to his current position.

James B. Cronin, UMUC vice president and director, Asia, will preside over the ceremony. During the ceremony. the Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award will be presented to Dr. Thomas W. Pettit and Professor Akira Furugen.

In addition to the ceremony, a post-commencement reception will be held at the same location, beginning about 4 p.m.

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