Fall 2016 Undergraduate and Graduate Entrance Ceremony: Welcoming 522 New Students
September 23, 2016
The Fall 2016 Entrance Ceremony was held on Friday, September 16, at the West School Building Hall on Mita Campus for new students of both the undergraduate faculties and graduate schools, including those of the Japanese Language Program (JLP).
This Fall Semester, there are a total of 325 new undergraduate students: 103 at the Faculty of Economics; 4 at the Faculty of Law; 37 at the Faculty of Policy Management; 46 at the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies; and 135 in the Japanese Language Program. Of the 197 students entering the graduate schools, 130 are in master's programs, 66 in doctoral programs, and one in a professional degree program. The hall was filled to capacity including the inaugural students for PEARL (Programme in Economics for Alliances, Research and Leadership), the new 4-year all-English degree program at the Faculty of Economics.
At the ceremony, Vice-President Akira Haseyama gave the incoming class report, which was followed by a welcome address by President Atsushi Seike. President Seike welcomed this year’s fall incoming class and spoke of the importance of possessing the ability to construct and verify hypotheses and the ability to think for yourself in an era where various issues such as the global environment, population ageing, and financial crises affect us all. He also spoke of the importance of developing well-rounded individuals through academic, sports, and cultural opportunities. Following his speech, Professor Yasushi Kiyoki, Dean of the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, gave a congratulatory address as the representative of Keio University’s faculty and staff members, and there was a matriculation address by Faculty of Policy Management student Yukiko Hibi on behalf of the incoming class. Finally, all those in attendance sang the Alma Mater “The Juku-ka,” and the ceremony came to a close.
Some of the faculties and graduate schools then held orientations, and the classroom for the Faculty of Economics’ PEARL program had a particularly international atmosphere.
Inside the hall
President Seike gives his speech
Matriculation address by the incoming class representative
Inside the hall
The orientation for the Faculty of Economics’ PEARL program