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The 2018 Commencement of KAIST at a Glance

Writer : PR Office Date : 2018-02-23 Hit : 2183 Email : kaistpr@kaist.ac.kr

KAIST awarded a total of 2, 736 degrees at the 2018 commencement ceremony on February 23. Among the honorees, Chairman and CEO of Samsung Electronics and Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) Oh-Hyun Kwon was recognized as the first alumnus honorary doctorate recipient of KAIST.

More than 5,000 family, friends, and graduates including distinguished guests of Minister of Science and ICT Young-Min Yu, the Member of National Assembly Kyung-Jin Kim, Chairman of the KAIST Board of Trustees Jang-Moo Lee, and the Chairperson of the KAIST Development Foundation Soo-Young Lee attended to celebrate the graduates. During the commencement, a total of 2,736 students earned degrees: 644 PhD degrees, 1,352 master’s degrees, and 740 bachelor’s degrees. 

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(Minister of Science and ICT Young-Min Yu)

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(The Member of National Assembly Kyung-Jin Kim)

This year, Chairman and CEO of Samsung Electronics and SAIT Kwon shared the spotlight with many other graduates. Kwon received his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from KAIST in 1977 and completed his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1985. During his more than 33-year career at Samsung, he has made significant contribution to the development of 4M DRAM and the world’s first 64M DRAM. The success of 4M DRAM and 64 DRAM led Samsung to clinch the top position in the DRAM and NAND flash business around the world. This helped Samsung emerge as a global leader in the semiconductor industry. 

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(From left: Chairman and CEO of Samsung Electronics and SAIT Oh-Hyun Kwon and KAIST President Sung-Chul Shin)

During the commencement speech, Kwon and President Shin both highlighted the importance of collaboration instead of competition. 

Kwon encouraged the graduates to understand others to make wonderful synergy. “When you first notice the true value of another person and interact with them, the value of the individual will be doubled and will bring about a greater impact,” he said. 

Also, he stressed having a collaborative mindset by saying, “All of you here, including myself, are people who have benefited from society. We must cooperate with each other and give back to society for the vest results.” 

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While highlighting the core values of KAIST, creativity, challenge and caring, President Shin also emphasized collaboration with others. He said, “In the future, expertise in a single discipline will not lead to new inventions or discoveries. This highlights the importance of multidisciplinary, convergence research. The key to success lies in the acknowledgement of your peers as partners for mutual growth. Your partners will make up your weak areas and become your most important asset. May you expand your personal network by finding valuable partners not only within your laboratory and workplace, but beyond Korea.”

“Go out into the world and change it as a global shaper, global innovator, and global mover. I hope that each and every one of you will add benefits the world and your legacy will be remembered for generations to come. This is your obligation as a graduate of KAIST,” he said.

Click here to view the full text of President Sung-Chul Shin’s address to the graduates

+ List of academically outstanding undergraduate degree recipients who received honors during the Commencement 2018 of KAIST

 Award

Department

Winner 

 Minister of Science and ICT Award

 Dept. of Mathematical Sciences

 Seong-Hyeok Park

 KAIST Board Chairperson Award

 School of Computing

 Hyeong-Seok Kim

 KAIST President Award

 Dept. of Chemistry

 Hoi-Min Cheong

 KAIST Development Foundation Chairperson Award

 Dept. of Biological Sciences

 Gi-Song Kim

 Dept. of Industrial & Systems Engineering

 Seung-Hun Lee


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