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7th Homecoming Day Held

2012-5-2(Wed)

The 7th Homecoming Day and the Icho Festival were held together on the Toyonaka Campus on Monday, April 30. Homecoming kicked off with an enthusiastic welcome to the more than 300 graduates, family members, and friends visiting the campus. Setting a lively tone for the Homecoming festivities were the cheerleaders welcoming the graduates and guests at the entrance to Osaka University Hall. The ceremony itself, hosted by EGUCHI Taro, trustee and vice president, began with a performance by the cheerleaders.

Greetings were then presented by three figures, President HIRANO Toshio, KUMAGAI Nobuaki, former OU president and president of the alumni association, and SEKI Junko, graduate of the School of Human Sciences and a Kansai Telecasting Corporation announcer. Ms. Seki delivered an humorous and interesting greeting entitled "Osaka University and Me."

The ceremony was followed by a party at the restaurant in the library building. SHOTOKU Yukio, graduate of Osaka University of Foreign Studies and a former vice president at Panasonic Corporation, gave the toast. Participants enjoyed chatting and renewing friendships while listening the background music of the student music circle "Swing." The party finished in a friendly atmosphere.

After the party, visitors participated in events held by the schools they graduated from and events in the Icho Festival. Many spent the day at their old schools and viewing the 5th Exhibition of Large Crocodiles and Dinosaurs at the Museum of Osaka University.

We'd like to express our sincere appreciation to alumni and friends for their participation in this year's events. Alumni are cordially invited to return once again at next year's Homecoming Day with family and friends!

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