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2019-2020 Graduation Ceremony and Graduate School Commencement Ceremony

2020-3-4(Wed)

To graduates and their families

March 4, 2020
NISHIO Shojiro
Osaka University President

Regarding the 2019-2020 Graduation Ceremony and Graduate School Commencement Ceremony

Osaka University regrets to announce the cancellation of its graduation ceremony scheduled to be held on March 25th of this year.

The university has made great efforts in preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus. However, the threat of the spread of this virus still remains, with the Japanese government’s task force recently releasing their basic policy for measures to protect against a domestic outbreak of the virus.

Given the current situation and considering that this March is an important time for preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus, the university has decided it would be inappropriate to hold a large-scale ceremony at Osaka-jo Hall at this time.

It goes without saying that graduation day marks an irreplaceable turning point in the lives of our graduates. The graduates and their families were no doubt looking forward to sharing this day of celebration. Considering the feelings of all those involved, this was a painful decision to make; however, we have decided to prioritize the health and safety of attendees, prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, and we wish all of our graduates every success from April.

As such, the university will hold its 2019-2020 Graduation Ceremony and Graduate School Commencement Ceremony according to the schedule below. We kindly ask for your understanding regarding this decision.

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1. A small-scale ceremony will be held on campus, with only representatives of each school/graduate school attending without their parents or guardians. The university is currently preparing a message to the graduates to be viewed on the day of the ceremony. Details will be posted on the OU’s official website as soon as they have been finalized.

2. Diploma conferral ceremonies will be held at their respective schools/graduate schools in small groups after taking measures to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus.

(Contact: General Affairs Division, Department of General Affairs

TEL: 06-6879-7014)

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