Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University



The 2005 Degree Conferral Ceremony and Entrance Ceremony

Oct 4, 2005

On Friday 16 September the APU Degree Conferral Ceremony was held before a capacity crowd of 800 graduates, family members and current students at Millennium Hall.
Representing the undergraduate students was CHIGOGIDZE Natali (APS) from Georgia who expressed her elation on the occasion of her graduation with the following: "At APU there are a multitude of students from different countries who hail from diverse cultures and backgrounds. It is a place where one learns common values and mutual understanding. However the most outstanding aspect is the chance APU offers to make friends with unique students from around the world. After our graduation we will each walk our own road however, wherever we go the APU spirit will remain alive within all of us. To everyone, I ask that you treasure this spirit".

A total of 288 students (240 undergraduates which included 33 international and 207 domestic students and 48 graduate students) from 50 different countries and regions including Japan completed their studies and will now go off into the world to start their careers.

As APU bade a tearful farewell to its graduates, the 2005 fall semester new enrolees were welcomed to APU at the Entrance Ceremony held in the Millennium Hall on Wednesday 21 September. The new enrolees consisted of students ranging from 42 countries and regions totalling 353 in all. APU is pleased to report that 279 undergraduates (38 domestic and 241 international students) and 74 graduate students will be commencing their studies this semester. In addition, new enrolees from Argentina, Bahrain, Tanzania, and Switzerland will be represented at APU for the first time.

The Entrance Ceremony commenced with welcoming addresses and words of encouragement from President Monte CASSIM and Ritsumeikan University Chancellor NAGATA Toyoomi. The hopes of the new enrolees were evident on their faces as they listened to these messages with intent.

The Entrance Ceremony was attended by high school principals from China, Thailand and other nations. Also in attendance were representatives for chancellors from Mongolian Universities and Mongolian high school principals, and the Governor of Darhan Prefecture (home to Mongolia's second largest city) with a number of other city council members were also in attendance.

Representing the new enrolees was HARA Yusuke (APS) from Japan who stirred the audience with his experiences at the Choir Olympics held in Germany with the following message: "For me, I want to study together, encourage and cooperate with others here at APU. I would like to learn to accept language, cultural and value differences and try to discover with my own eyes and experience firsthand what is necessary to achieve international peace".

As a finale to the Entrance Ceremony current APU students introduced their club activities and led the audience into a rousing cheer of WE CAN DO IT!

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