Mar 16, 2012
On Friday, March 16, the 2012 March Graduation Ceremony was held at the B-con Plaza Convention Hall in Beppu City at which 842 students from 25 countries and regions marked the start of their new journey. Approximately 1200 parents, friends and APU students gathered to celebrate the occasion.
The ceremony began with an opening address from APU President KORENAGA Shun who offered his congratulations and a few words of encouragement to the graduating students. He then presented representatives from the undergraduate and graduate schools their degrees. He said: “It is important for us to be ready to change our awareness in order to meet the massive cultural transformation that is the global society. First, you must ascertain where you stand in the grand scheme of things, then having observed and analyzed the ever-changing world, you must make a decision to act. Going further, your decision to take action must be made with an understanding of the central role you play in the flow of global society. The ability to respond and adapt to the speed and depth of globalization is proportional to the depth of your self-reflection. With the universal truths of APU’s ideals of ‘freedom, peace and humanity’ in your heart and a belief that the truth will always prevail, go forward and lead valiant lives”.
This year's Ando Momofuku Honor Prize* recipient, Mr. ONIZUKA Ryosuke (APS, Japan) addressed the audience as representative of the undergraduate school, “Currently the economic and political situation in Japan is at a standstill. On the other hand, the progress of the BRIC nations, especially in Asia, is very fast, with economic development leading to the increased movement of people. In this troubled era, we, the next generation, must have the courage to step out of our comfort zones and go overseas. I believe that APU students are ideally suited to take up this role. Let us support Japan. Let us act to change the world. I believe that what society needs now are people who are sensitive to the world’s current circumstances, raised in environments such as APU”.
Ms. BARREDA MORENO Olga Patricia (GSM, Mexico) then addressed the audience as representative of the graduate school, “Over the last two years, we have worked together, held discussions together, and exchanged ideas about our research and final reports. In the years ahead, I am sure that we all have dreams to achieve and I wish you every success. I also hope that we can use the knowledge, experiences and networks we gained at APU to shape our world”.
The ceremony concluded with the graduates tossing their caps high into the air of the auditorium, and as they face the beginning of a new chapter in their lives, the graduates leave with fond memories and experiences of APU to pursue further study or career opportunities.
*The ANDO Momofuku Honor Prize
Established through the courtesy of the late Honorary Doctor ANDO Momofuku, the founder of Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd. The scholarship aims to support undergraduate students who are scheduled to graduate and who have a strong desire to contribute to the Asia Pacific Region in their future careers. Each year one to two students are awarded this scholarship.
The graduation ceremony was also broadcast live on the internet via Ustream. Footage can be viewed here.
Ustream Channel: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ritsumeikan-apu