【IMPORTANT NOTICE】Cancellation of Graduation Ceremony and Departmental Meetings on March 24, 2020 (Last updated: March 13)

* A message of congratulations to all Graduates will be posted on the university website on March 24.

Given the spread of the novel Coronavirus throughout Japan, Sophia University has decided to cancel all graduation ceremonies scheduled in March.

Acknowledging that graduation is a very important milestone for graduates, being a moment of self-reflection and an opportunity to renew one’s determination towards new beginnings in April, we have held many discussions on the possibilities of holding graduation ceremony.

As a result of careful consideration, although none of our students and faculty and staff members has been found to have the Coronavirus, we have arrived at this conclusion in order to prioritize the health and safety of the students and their families who would attend the ceremony and to fulfill our social duty of minimizing risk of infection. I thank you for your understanding and support for our difficult decision.

Decisions regarding the Entrance Ceremony for Sophia University Undergraduate Faculties,Graduate Schools and Course of Midwifery are yet to be made. Information will be provided as soon as decisions are finalized.

February 28, 2020

Yoshiaki Terumichi
Sophia University

Cancelled Events

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

  • Graduation Ceremony for Undergraduate Faculties
  • Graduation Ceremony for Graduate School and Course of Midwifery
  • Commencement service
    ∗Organizers of graduation gatherings are requested to cancel all events

Faculty and Graduate School Meetings (last updated on March 13)

In the current situation where the prospect for the containment of the novel Coronavirus is still uncertain, we decided to cancel the departmental meetings. However, we are preparing for an opportunity for you to collect your diploma on campus on the day, so please check the details on the student portal site (Loyola) after the announcement is made on March 16th.

«Requested Protective Measures on Campus»
• Make sure to wash your hands often with running water and hand soap.
• Please avoid spending long time in a crowded place.

Please refrain from attending should you have a fever, any concerns regarding your health condition. You are not obliged to attend if you fear risking infection.

∗ Please refer to Loyola for information on how to receive your diploma in case you are absent.
∗ If the future situation changes, we will notify that again.

Request to parents, guarantors and students

In order to reduce the risk of infection, please refrain from entering Yotsuya Campus on March 24th if you are not a graduating student. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


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