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Held Monday, April 3, 2017 at the Nippon Budokan arena in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo

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2017 Matriculation

On Monday, April 3, a day on which cherry blossoms were blooming beautifully, the 2017 Matriculation ceremony was held at the Nippon Budokan arena in Kitanomaru Koen park, Chiyoda Ward. The ceremony was divided into a morning session and an afternoon session and attended by a total of 16,000 participants comprising new students and parents.

 In her ceremonial speech, president Yuko Tanaka spoke about the following three concepts that the University put forward last academic year: the Hosei University “Statement on Diversity,” its long-range strategic plan “HOSEI 2030,” and the “Hosei University Charter,” with reference to how the school’s more than 135-year history led to its creation. In addition, the president expressed her wish for the new students, saying, “Please think about what you need to do during your years at Hosei University for your very own future.”

 Ms. Misako Rocks!—a comics artist working in the United States, who attended this ceremony as a guest—gave valuable advice on campus life and shared her cherished belief with the new students, saying, “Nothing is impossible as long as you keep trying your hardest.”

 In April 2017, 774 international exchange students entered Hosei University. The University sincerely hopes that all of its new students will fully enjoy their life in Japan and life as a student at Hosei University. Congratulations new students, and welcome to Hosei University!

  • Matriculation successfully held at the Nippon Budokan arena

  • The University’s Oendan (lit. cheering squad) and cheerleaders holding a welcome event for new students

  • President Yuko Tanaka giving her celebratory speech

  • Ms. Misako Rocks, a comics artist working in New York, giving her celebratory speech

  • Cherry blossoms in bloom near the University—the vicinity of which is one of the most popular places to enjoy cherry blossoms in Japan

  • Existing students inviting new students to join their clubs or circles; at Hosei University, students not only study hard but also actively participate in extracurricular activities.