On March 28, the 2022 undergraduate and graduate graduation ceremonies were held at the Tokyo International Forum. This year, 2,768 undergraduate students, 404 graduate students, and 10 midwifery students graduated, and their parents and guarantors also attended the ceremony.
The ceremony was conducted in two parts: the morning session was for Faculty of Humanities , Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Global Studies, Faculty of Science and Technology, Graduate School of Humanities, Graduate School of Applied Religious Studies, Graduate School of Economics, and Graduate School of Science and Technology, and the afternoon session was for Faculty of Theology, Faculty of Human Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Foreign Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Graduate School of Theology, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Graduate School of Law, Graduate School of Language and Linguistics, Graduate School of Global Studies, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies and Course of Midwifery. In the afternoon session, an award ceremony was also held to honor the two recipients of the President’s Citation for 2022.
The ceremony began with music by Sophia University’s orchestra and followed by a blessing by Father Juan Haidar of the Catholic Jesuit Center, commencement address delivered by President Yoshiaki Terumichi, as well as conferment of degrees and certificates, then congratulatory speeches by Chancellor Tsutomu Sakuma of Sophia Corporation and Mr. Masao Torii, President of Sophia Alumni Association, and an acknowledgement speech made by the graduate representatives (Koji Hara, a senior in the Faculty of Humanities in the morning session, and Rina Hattori, a sophomore in the Graduate School of Law in the afternoon session).
In his address, President Terumichi expressed “I hope that your paths will be marked by your individuality, based on your belief in justice and the spirit of “For Others, With Others,” and that they will be supported by your inimitable originality.”
The ceremony concluded with the singing of alma-mater by the Sophia Choir, the Glee Club, and the mixed choir Amadeus Chorus, accompanied by the orchestra.
For the full text of President Terumichi’s address, click here.
For the full text of Chancellor Sakuma’s congratulatory speech, click here.