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Autumn Issue (Jul. 2013)


Coming and going of foreign students

September Commencement & Entrance Ceremony

Morning rain cleared and the commencement was held under sunny skies.

The September commencement and entrance ceremony are a symbol of internationalization at Waseda University. At the Commencement and degree conferment ceremony held on September 15th, 1,291 students (including approx. 500 foreign students) took a new step towards their future. While offering the following message of encouragement to students, President Kamata referred to the “Waseda Vision 150” which was enacted in November 2012. “Together with Waseda University, I hope that you will constantly work to realize a peaceful and prosperous society in which all people can enjoy a safe and happy life.” A congratulatory message was also given by Professor Kent E. Calder of Johns Hopkins University (America), who is Head of the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at John Hopkins.

At the entrance ceremony held on September 21st, our university welcomed 843 new undergraduate and graduate students. President Kamata expressed his expectation for new students with the following message: “I firmly believe that we can move closer to realizing global peace and human happiness by having people with different cultural backgrounds and values deepen their mutual understanding and refine their learning and character.” Following President Kamata’s speech, an honorary Doctor of Science degree was presented to Mr. Mikio Sasaki (graduated from the School of Science and Engineering in 1960), advisor to Mitsubishi Corporation. The ceremony was concluded with a chorus of the Waseda school song. Despite still being unfamiliar with the school song and Japanese language, approximately 650 foreign students sang the name “Waseda” with great passion.

President Kamata and Professor Calder at the commencement

Mr. Sasaki speaks at the entrance ceremony.