• Soka University’s 2017 Spring Semester Commencement Ceremony

Graduate receiving diploma

2017/09/16 15:19

Soka University’s 2017 Spring Semester Commencement Ceremony

     On Saturday, September 16th, 2017, Soka University and Soka Women’s College held its Spring Semester Commencement Ceremony at the International Conference Room in the Central Tower. The graduates of the spring semester were as follows:
    - Graduate School Doctoral Program (Ph.D.): 2 students
    - Graduate School of Law (Juris Doctor degree): 1 student
    - Graduate School Program (Masters): 41 students
    - Undergraduate Program (Bachelor’s): 46 students
    - Soka Women’s College (Associate): 4 students
    - Faculty of Letters Double Degree Course, Bachelor’s degree in Beijing Language and Culture University, China: 1 student

     Soka University first introduced the semester system in the academic year of 1999 in which grading and approving of credits were done in both spring and fall semester. Since the academic year of 2003, the university has been holding a normal commencement ceremony in March and spring semester commencement ceremony in September.

     After the commemorative performance by the New Century Symphony Orchestra, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Yasunori Tashiro, introduced the message from the university founder, Dr. Daisaku Ikeda.
     In the message, Dr. Ikeda encouraged the graduates on their departure; “Continue on your challenges in contributing to society at each of your proceeding place of mission by transforming all hardships into strength, always for the people and together with the people.”
    Once the graduates received their diplomas, the room was filled with congratulatory applause from the faculty members, current students, and parents of the graduates.

     Soka University President Yoshihisa Baba gave an address; “In entering the society, alongside with the hopes and expectations, you may have anxiety for the new environment you’d be put into. The important thing in going out to society is to continuously make efforts even in the times of adversities and hardships, in other words, the indomitable spirit of never giving up. I believe that all of the graduates here have learned that indomitable spirit through the studies at Soka University and Soka Women’s College. Please be confident and embark on this new journey into the society.”
     Finally, all of the participants sang the school song, vowing for their departure to the next stage.
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