The September 2019 Graduation Ceremony was held on Thursday, September 19th, a clear blue autumn day. A total of 25 students – 2 graduate students, 17 university students, and 6 junior college students – took their first steps out into the “real world” this year. The conferment of diplomas was followed by President Takeshi Matsuda’s remarks and a commencement speech by Professor Tetsushi Horikawa, Vice Chair of the Board of Governors. The ceremony was conducted in a formal manner as other members of the community also celebrated the students’ graduation.
The ceremony was then followed by a reception party hosted by the Chancellor, where KUFS professors and the like celebrated the graduates for starting their new journeys in life. “Don’t forget to keep your sense of humor, and enjoy life,” advised Professor Tetsushi Horikawa.
Rina Harasawa, a graduate of Faculty of Foreign Studies’ Department of British and American Studies and representing her graduating class, expressed her gratitude as she looked back on her college life. “When my mother passed away during my studies and I was devastated from having lost such an enormous source of support, the people who saved me were my classmates and professor from my seminar class. I’m here today because of the many warm support they have extended to me.”
Lastly, the graduates had some fun moments with their mentors and other members of KUFS, promising to meet again sometime in the future.