On April 5, 2017 (Wednesday), the matriculation ceremony was held at SHIIKI HALL for 2,635 freshly enrolled students. Following the celebration concert by Kyudai Philharmonic Orchestra, President Kubo delivered a welcoming address and Mr. Fumio Honjyou gave a speech as a representative of the new students.
Students listened with attention to the speech by guest speaker Robert Campbell, Ph.D., a scholar of Japanese literature and the Director-General of the National Institute of Japanese Literature (NIJL), Tokyo. He has once spent time at Kyushu University studying as a research student and teaching as an Assistant Professor.
This was followed by a lecture from Shun-ichi Maruno, Executive Vice President of Kyushu University. After the ceremony, the university's cheerleading club and the Kyushu University mixed chorus group gave rousing performances to welcome the new students to Kyushu University.
New students will be attending Freshman Orientation during the week and start their academic journey from Monday, April 10.
Before the ceremony for undergraduate students, the matriculation ceremony for graduate students was held on the same day and a total of 2,496 graduate students were admitted. Ms. Hitomi Maeda gave a speech as a representative of the new graduate students.