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Keio University’s Honorary Degree of Economics Conferred upon Prof. Hugo F. Sonnenschein

Update:Oct. 16, 2015

A ceremony to confer the degree of Doctor of Economics, honoris causa, upon Prof. Hugo F. Sonnenschein, President Emeritus and Charles L. Hutchinson Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the University of Chicago, was held from 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 9 in the Mita Public Speaking Hall (Mita Enzetsu-kan).

The degree was conferred to Prof. Sonnenschein in appreciation of his significant academic contributions to the field of microeconomics and game theory and to the education at Keio’s Faculty of Economics.

At the ceremony, the professor made his entrance to the sounds of the Wagner Society Chorus. With Prof. Sahoko Kaji of the Faculty of Economics presiding as the master of ceremonies, Prof. Shinsuke Nakamura, Dean of the Faculty of Economics, gave the reading of the citation. Keio President Atsushi Seike then presented the diploma to Prof. Sonnenschein and delivered a congratulatory address, after which Prof. Sonnenschein conveyed his appreciation in his acceptance speech. The ceremony was followed by a Yukichi Fukuzawa Memorial Lecture in Economics titled “Incentives and Efficiency” delivered by Prof. Sonnenschein at the Conference Hall inside the University Library (Old Building). The audience listened attentively to the lecture— a rare opportunity to hear and learn from the professor himself.

Reading of the citation by Prof. Nakamura
Reading of the citation by Prof. Nakamura
Presentation of the diploma by President Seike
Presentation of the diploma by President Seike

Prof. Sonnenschein and President Seike on Mita Campus
Prof. Sonnenschein and President Seike on Mita Campus
The commemorative lecture
The commemorative lecture

Prof. Sonnenschein delivering his lecture
Prof. Sonnenschein delivering his lecture
The audience
The audience

Photo: Susumu Ishito