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Journal » The 2016 Academic Year Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

On Thursday, March 23, 2017, the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony was held in the Hiyoshi Commemorative Hall and 6,445 students graduated from Keio University.

President Seike gave his words in a commencement address. Quoting “An Encouragement of Learning,” he stated, “there is much that is false in the world of belief, and much that is true in the world of doubt” and gave them the following message: “It is important that you will be able to understand the real state of things without thinking inside the box.”

GIGA graduates received their diplomas.

Students form a very long line to take a commemorative photo and show their appreciation to their professors.

Graduates with Professor Hagino, Chair of the GIGA Program. These two GIGA students graduated from the 3.5 year Early Graduation System and one received an Honors Award.


Their graduation projects are described below along with advice and comments for those thinking about applying to the GIGA Program.
–The flexibility of the GIGA program gave me many opportunities to explore different fields of studies, as well as other activities outside of the university. I was able to balance my school time with internship and part-time work experiences, which allowed me to learn and know more about myself and what I really want to do. I would say that it can be difficult for many students to decide their career path when they have no chance to actually experience the real-world working life. GIGA has given me that freedom to seek various life opportunities in Japan.
–The challenge of the 3.5 year Early Graduation System is its high requirements, in which an A grade is required for both Graduation Project 1 and Graduation Project 2. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to graduate until I saw the grade report. One main benefit of the system is that it supports students who are planning to do job hunting in Japan since the period to start working usually begins in April.
–The GIGA Program offers classes on a variety of subjects and we can also take classes offered on other campuses such as Mita, Hiyoshi and Yagami. This allowed me to find what I wanted to study during my time at Keio. I think it’s important to start exploring research seminars early on and have a plan so that you can focus on your research or whatever you are passionate about learning. Associate Professor Kazunori Takashio provided me guidance on my Graduation Project and I created a robotic system that enhances the communication of immobile users. I was able to research this topic in depth by experimenting at a care facility, presenting in international conferences, etc.
–Through the GIGA program I was able to meet new friends, enter business contests, do club activities with those friends, as well as learn a variety of subjects including but not limited to internet, networking, business, language, health, and much more. I strongly advise you to interact with other students at SFC, including Japanese students and international students from other universities.
–I had a very fun and amazing time through my undergraduate years, and I am very happy I got to learn and spend my college years here at SFC. It was a great learning experience as well as a great life experience and I hope the future GIGA students also feel the same way when they graduate.
–It was challenging to take 80 credits in GIGA courses. I think it won’t be a problem anymore for new students with the new curriculum (currently, 40 credits in GIGA courses). The rule that you must receive A’s for both Graduation Projects 1 and 2 encouraged me to put my all into my research. The people at the Academic Affairs Office were really kind and helpful, even when I bothered them so many times to double check.
–My Graduation Project was “Risk Analysis on Automated Stock Trading System” and “Cyber Security, Automated Trading System, IT Risk Analysis.” I cooperated with Professor Keiji Takeda and Yasushi Ikeda and they provided me support to complete the project.