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The Commencement Ceremony held for Academic Year 2014-2015

President Mitani

On March 16, J. F. Oberlin University held its commencement ceremony for the Academic Year 2014-2015 at Tokyo International Forum. The 1,875 undergraduates, 105 Master’s program graduates, and four graduates from Ph.D. programs received their degrees in front of family and faculty members.

The University President Takayasu Mitani opened his address with a reminder that the graduating cohort entered J. F. Oberlin just after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011. Because of this natural disaster and tragedy, their entrance ceremony was held, not at Tokyo International Forum as usual, but at the chapel on Machida Campus. He went on to say what a great pleasure it was to have their commencement ceremony at Tokyo International Forum. He urged the graduating students in this age of globalization, to use the skills and knowledge learned at university for the betterment of society, to live and work together with their neighbors, and, most importantly, to remember that J. F. Oberlin is their alma mater and can offer them support if they lose their way sometimes on their life journeys.

At the ceremony, J. F. Oberlin University also conferred honorary doctoral degrees to Dr. Wu Zhipan (left), the vice-president of Peking University, and to Dr. Tsai Jaw-Shen (right), a 1971 J. F. Oberlin Senior High School graduate.