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Fall 2009 Keio University Commencement Ceremony

Update:Sep. 25, 2009
Graduate Schools Commencement Ceremony
Graduate Schools Commencement Ceremony
Graduate Schools Commencement Ceremony
Graduate Schools Commencement Ceremony
Commencement Ceremony for Undergraduate Programs
Commencement Ceremony for Undergraduate Programs
Commencement Ceremony for Undergraduate Programs
Commencement Ceremony for Undergraduate Programs

Photo: Susumu Ishito

Fall 2009 Keio University Graduate Schools Commencement Ceremony was held on Friday, September 18 at West School Building Hall, Mita Campus. 71 doctoral and 80 master degrees – a total of 151 degrees – were conferred on students, many of whom were from abroad, so the ceremony was filled with an international atmosphere. It was the very first time to confer a doctor’s degree from Graduate School of System Design and Management.

Following the graduating class report from Prof. Akira Haseyama, Vice-President of Keio University, President Atsushi Seike conferred the diploma on the representative of the graduates. After that, Prof. Tojiro Aoyama, Dean of Graduate School of Science and Technology delivered a congratulatory speech on behalf of faculty members. The ceremony ended with singing of Alma Mater “The Juku-ka” by all the participants.

The commencement ceremony for Undergraduate Programs was also held on the afternoon of the same day. The number of the graduates were 179 in all. (Faculty of Law: 55, Faculty of Policy Management: 54, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies: 70)

Following the graduating class report from Prof. Akira Haseyama, Vice-President of Keio University, President Atsushi Seike presented the diploma to the representative of the graduates. Prof. Makoto Arisawa of Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, delivered a congratulatory speech on behalf of faculty members. After a farewell address delivered by the representative of the students and a speech in reply on behalf of the graduating students, the ceremony ended with Alma Mater “The Juku-ka” sung by all the participants.

In his speech, President Seike sent a message to the graduates, emphasizing the importance of continuing to “think by themselves and for themselves” – to find a problem, construct a hypothesis for solving the problem, test and verify it, and draw a conclusion. He stressed that this could only be made possible both with all the knowledge they have acquired at Keio and with a positive and creative attitude.

After the ceremony, the graduates were photographed with the diplomas in their hands.