Fall 2016 Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement Ceremonies: A Total of 478 Graduates
September 21, 2016
The Fall 2016 Graduate Commencement Ceremony was held from 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 15, in the West School Building Hall on Mita Campus. This fall, Keio University conferred a total of 226 degrees (83 doctoral and 143 master’s). The graduate student body, representing the highly diverse international community at Keio, included international students and students from overseas partner universities who completed their double degree programs at Keio University.
The ceremony began with Vice-President Akira Haseyama’s graduating class report and continued with President Atsushi Seike’s conferment of diplomas on the representatives of each graduate school. In his commencement address, President Seike urged the new graduates to continue expanding the frontiers of knowledge as specialists in their fields. Professor Masao Ogaki of the Faculty of Economics and committee member of the Graduate School of Economics then delivered his congratulatory address on behalf of Keio’s faculty and staff members, and the ceremony concluded with the singing of the Keio Alma Mater “The Juku-ka.”
The Fall Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony was also held at the same venue later that same day at 2 p.m. There were 252 graduates in total: 100 from the Faculty of Law; 13 from the Faculty of Science and Technology; 69 from the Faculty of Policy Management; and 70 from the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies. Following the graduating class report from Vice-President Haseyama, President Seike conferred the diplomas on the representatives of each undergraduate faculty. In his commencement address, President Seike emphasized the importance of 公智, or public wisdom, a term that Yukichi Fukuzawa defined in his book An Outline of a Theory of Civilization as the ability to calmly judge and give priority to weightier and greater matters. He encouraged the new graduates, who would have cultivated these qualities through their studies and experiences at Keio, to continue to grow in public wisdom after graduation. Associate Professor Rodney Van Meter of the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies delivered a congratulatory address on behalf of Keio’s faculty and staff members, followed by the graduate speaker representing the graduating class. The ceremony concluded with the singing of the Alma mater “The Juku-ka.”
Diplomas in hand, graduates were seen around campus after the ceremonies conversing and taking pictures with friends and family to commemorate the occasion.