Keio University held its Postgraduate Degree Conferring Ceremony at Hiyoshi Commemorative Hall on Monday, March 28, 2016. Keio University conferred a total of 1,676 degrees from its 14 graduate schools (190 doctoral, 1,278 master’s degrees, and 208 professional degrees) on the graduating class.
After Vice-President Akira Haseyama’s Graduating Class Report, the ceremony continued with President Seike's conferment of diplomas on a representative of Keio’s newest graduates from each graduate school, followed by his address. He expressed his hope that as the new graduates will now become “professionals” in their fields, they must give serious thought together with people who may seek their advice and opinions and work towards finding solutions, thereby continually pushing forward the frontiers of knowledge. President Seike also gave a speech in English for all the international students among the graduates. Professor Mitsunori Yoneyama, a committee member of the Graduate School of Human Relations, then gave a congratulatory speech on behalf of all Keio faculty and staff. The ceremony ended with the singing of the Keio Alma Mater, "The Juku-ka," by all in attendance.
This year’s graduating class was a diverse group including international students, and graduates were of all ages, levels of experience, and backgrounds. Many also brought their families along to Hiyoshi Campus to share in the special occasion. After the ceremony, graduates were conferred diplomas from their respective graduate schools, and many people stayed after the ceremony to take photographs and celebrate their new start in life.