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Spring 2015 Undergraduate Entrance Ceremony

Update:Apr. 10, 2015

The Spring 2015 Undergraduate Entrance Ceremony was held on Wednesday, April 1, at the Hiyoshi Commemorative Hall. This Spring Semester, Keio welcomed a total of 6,671 students, including students from the Japanese Language Program.

Keio University held two entrance ceremonies to accommodate student numbers—one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The morning ceremony was held for the Faculty of Law, Faculty of Business and Commerce, Faculty of Science and Technology, and the Japanese Language Program and the afternoon ceremony was held for the Faculty of Letters, Faculty of Economics, School of Medicine, Faculty of Policy Management, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care, and Faculty of Pharmacy. In addition, every year, 50th anniversary alumni are invited to the entrance ceremony, and this year about 2,000 Keio alumni of the class of 1965 were in attendance.

To open each ceremony, Vice-President Akira Haseyama gave the Incoming Class Report, followed by a welcome address by President Atsushi Seike in both Japanese and English . A congratulatory address was then delivered on behalf of faculty and staff members by Prof. Ushio Chujo of the Faculty of Business and Commerce (morning), and by Prof. Yasushi Watanabe of the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies (afternoon). On behalf of Keio alumni, Yoji Ohashi, Advisor of ANA Holdings Inc. and Hiroshi Sakagami, President and Chairman of Keio University Press congratulated the students at the morning and afternoon ceremonies, respectively. Incoming class representatives, Nozomi Sasaki of the Faculty of Law (morning) and Sayaka Karikomi of the Faculty of Economics (afternoon) gave speeches expressing their joy of entering Keio University and their aspirations for university life. The Alma Mater, "The Juku-ka," was sung by all those in attendance, and there was a presentation of donations and a celebratory address by representatives of the 50th anniversary alumni, the "106-Nen Mita-kai" (Class of 1965).

Following these formalities, the mood shifted when the Keio Cheer Group entered on stage to lead a chant. Their voices filled the Hiyoshi Commemorative Hall, as the new students began clapping along.

Before and after the ceremony there were university-related activities including Student Life Orientations, English placement tests, and some undergraduate faculties held consulting sessions with academic advisors, so despite the cloudy weather, Hiyoshi Campus was overflowing with new students with high hopes for their new student lives, against the brilliant backdrop of the cherry blossom in full bloom.

The Gingko-lined Avenue
The Gingko-lined Avenue
Students enter the Hiyoshi Commemorative Hall
Students enter the Hiyoshi Commemorative Hall

During the ceremony
During the ceremony
During the ceremony
During the ceremony

President Seike delivers his welcome address
President Seike delivers his welcome address
Matriculation address by incoming class representative
Matriculation address by incoming class representative

Photo: Susumu Ishito / Aki Takematsu