WASEDA WEEKLY

The Graduation Ceremony and the Entrance Ceremony at Waseda


Every year at Waseda, the Graduation Ceremony has been held on 25 March and the Entrance Ceremony on 1 April. Associated with the alma mater of Waseda is the statement that:"Some students leave the University, and some students enter it. Every student, however, possesses the same lofty ideal." This year, 11,760 students (including undergraduate and graduate students and students of the Art and Architecture School) graduated from the University. At the same time it welcomed 10,899 undergraduate and 3,097 postgraduate students.

The Graduation Ceremony and the Entrance Ceremony at Waseda

The Graduation Ceremony with dad!
The Graduation Ceremony with dad!

From this year onwards, each ceremony is to be carried out three times. Even so, there were still many parents who could not enter the ceremonial hall (Kinenkaidou). Instead, they watched a relayed broadcast of the ceremony outside the Kinenkaidou on two large screens. At the outset of his speech at the graduation ceremony, Professor Shirai, the President of the University, expressed his condolences concerning the deaths of two men. One was Ambassador Katsuhiko Oku who was killed by terrorists in Iraq. The other was Mr Toshiya Kuge who was a student of the School of Science and Engineering. Mr Kuge fought the terrorists and was killed in one of the airplanes that crashed in the US on 11 September 2001. In this ceremony Mr Kuge was awarded the status of an Alumna.

At the graduation ceremony, an Honorary Doctorate was awarded to Mr Hisashi Owada (a Judge of the International Court of Justice). Professor Bunzo Torigoe (a Professor Emeritus at Waseda) and Shoichi Ozawa (an actor) each received the Award for Distinguished Services to Art. Mr Ozawa sang jeux d'esprit in Japanese and told the graduates that:"Gaining political power is a very trifling matter. No matter how small it is, please establish an aim and try to achieve this aim for life." Azusa Ono Memorial Awards were presented to fifteen students and one organization. These awards recognize excellent achievements in academic studies, the arts, sports and other areas.


The Entrance Ceremony

Under beautiful cherry blossoms the freshmen were welcomed by hundreds of senior students who were inviting the freshmen to various club.
Under beautiful cherry blossoms the freshmen were welcomed by hundreds of senior students who were inviting the freshmen to various club.
Kyokusyuzan (a Sumo wrestler) sang the Alma Mater of waseda with other freshmen
Kyokusyuzan (a Sumo wrestler) sang the Alma Mater of waseda with other freshmen

The freshmen were warmly welcomed by hundreds of senior students who invited them to various university clubs. At the ceremony, the new students listened to the President's speech in which he told them that:"Waseda is the best university for those who are prepared to study." Mr Masahiro Shinoda (a film director) was presented with the Award for Distinguished Services to Art and Dr Lee Yuan Tseh (the President of Academia Sinica, Taiwan and a Nobel Laureate for Chemistry in 1986) received an Honorary Doctorate. The ceremony also included a speech by Mr Shinoda in which he told the new students that he had devoted himself to two things when he was a university student. One was his academic subject:Monzaemon Chikamatsu (a celebrated playwright in the Edo period). The other was a long-distance relay called Ekiden. He was a member of the sports club for track and field and was a second runner in the Waseda team at Hakone Ekiden. Half jokingly he said to the audience:"I expect these young Waseda students to do more about Ekiden than about the academic study of Chikamatsu's dramas."

Guests

Mr. Hisashi Owada
Mr.Hisashi Owada
Mr Shoichi Ozawa
Mr. Shoichi Ozawa
Professor Bunzo Torigoe
Professor Bunzo Torigoe
The President(left), Masahiro Shinoda(right)
The President(left), Mr. Masahiro Shinoda(right)
Dr Lee Yuan Tseh
Dr. Lee Yuan Tseh

Copyright (C) Student Affairs Division, WASEDA University. 2004 All rights reserved.
First drafted 2004 April 15.