Welcome to Osaka University! 2018-2019 Spring Entrance Ceremony held
On Tuesday, April 3, the 2018-2019 Osaka University Spring Entrance Ceremony was held at Osaka-Jo Hall, with 6,406 individuals (3,440 undergraduate students and 2,966 graduate students) entering Osaka University.
Some 10,000 individuals attended the ceremony, including students and their families.
At 13:20, after a short welcome movie for new students, President Nishio, executive directors, and deans came to the stage accompanied by a rendition of "Pomp and Circumstance" performed by the Osaka University Symphony Orchestra, and the ceremony official began at 13:30.
At the ceremony, an oath was taken by SHII Keiichiro (School of Economics; new student representative) and KAWASAKI Tomomi (United Graduate School of Child Development, Osaka University, Kanazawa University, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Chiba University and University of Fukui), after which President Nishio delivered an address to the new students. In his address, President Nishio encouraged students, saying, "I want you to pursue truth while understanding and acknowledging each other's diversity and the differences in values found therein." The brand new members of Osaka University, while a bit nervous, listened intently to the President's emboldening message.
After this, an introduction of the executive directors and deans took place, followed by performances by the Osaka University Mixed Chorus, Osaka University Male Chorus, and Osaka University Symphony Orchestra, bringing the ceremony to a close at 14:15.