2016 Spring Undergraduate Matriculation Ceremony Held

April 12, 2016

Date of activity: April 12, 2016

The University of Tokyo AY 2016 Spring undergraduate matriculation ceremony was held at the Nippon Budokan on the morning of Tuesday, April 12th. Approximately 3,000 new students and 5,300 of their family members (over 8,300 people in total) attended the ceremony.

Prior to the ceremony, the Athletic Foundation's Cheer Squad entertained the attendees with spirited cheer routines, followed by the University of Tokyo Orchestra's rendition of Richard Wagner's "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Overture." President Makoto Gonokami, the executive vice presidents, deans of the Faculties and Graduate Schools and the directors of University Institutes then advanced towards the stage, including Professor Takaaki Kajita, the director of the University's Institute for Cosmic Ray Research.

The ceremony began with the singing and musical performance of the University of Tokyo's signature song, "Oozora to (With the Open Sky)" by the Orchestra, male chorus group Chor Akademie, and female chorus group Coro Letizia. President Gonokami then addressed the audience, followed by a speech from Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Keiichiro Ogawa. Professor Kajita, a recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics, then gave a celebratory message to the new students and their families. Next, Mr. Takemaro Yutani, a student in the College of Arts and Sciences (Humanities and Social Sciences II), took an oath on behalf of the entire incoming class. The ceremony concluded with the musical performance and singing of another prominent University song, "Tada Hitotsu (The Only One)," led by the Cheer Squad and performed by everyone in attendance, including the new students.

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