Date of activity: September 22, 2017
The 2017 University of Tokyo Autumn Semester Matriculation Ceremony was held at Yasuda Auditorium on Friday, September 22, 2017.
The ceremony began at 10:00 with the University of Tokyo Orchestra's rendition of the “Divertimento No.3 in F major 1st movement” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. President Makoto Gonokami, the executive vice presidents, deans of the Faculties and Graduate Schools and the directors of University Institutes then ascended to the stage dressed in their academic gowns. The ceremony continued with a speech from President Gonokami addressed to new students, followed by a speech from Dean of the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies Osamu Sakura. Two new students (Mr. Rex Andrew West, a Master's student from the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, and Ms. Scarlet Rosetta Phoenix from the College of Arts and Sciences) then took an oath on behalf of the entire incoming class. The ceremony concluded with the singing of the University of Tokyo’s signature song, "Oozora to (With the Open Sky)," by male chorus group Chor Akademie and female chorus group Coro Letizia, and another prominent University song, "Tada Hitotsu (The Only One)," by everyone in attendance.
President Gonokami’s speech, which was given in English, is available for viewing online here.