APU Student & Alumni Association Annual General Assembly 2012 held
On Friday, September 14, 2012, the APU Fall Graduation Ceremony was held, marking the beginning of a new chapter in the lives of 506 graduates from 41 countries and regions. Held at the Beppu City B-con Plaza, this day of celebration was attended by many parents, friends and well-wishers.
AP On Friday, September 14, 2012, the APU Fall Graduation Ceremony was held, marking the beginning of a new chapter in the lives of 506 graduates from 41 countries and regions. Held at the Beppu City B-con Plaza, this day of celebration was attended by many parents, friends and well-wishers.
APU President KORENAGA Shun congratulated the graduates before presenting a graduate representative of each College with their degree.“With a mission of ‘Freedom, Peace and Humanity’, APU was also opened to create the future shape of the Asia Pacific and to promote international mutual understanding. I ask that you hold all of these ideals dear as you create a new future for the Asia Pacific. Go out and lead amazing lives. We pray for your success”.
Bringing the ceremony to a close, the graduates tossed their Ritsumeikan-crimson caps into the air and cheered “We are APU” before heading off towards their new goals and careers.
Following the graduation ceremony was the APU Student & Alumni Association Graduates’ Welcome Party held at the B-Con Plaza reception hall. “APU Aru Aru”, a humorous video about happenings peculiar to APU produced by the APU Student & Alumni Association’s Student Executive Committee was aired before the party officially began, setting the venue aroar with laughter.
After the airing of the video, the party started in earnest with an introduction of the special guests, Prof. Yokoyama Kenji, Dean of the College of Asia Pacific Management, and Professor Pishva Davar, Dean of the College of Asia Pacific Studies.
These introductions were followed by a speech by the Chairman of the Association, Mr. Yoshida Seitaka, who congratulated the new graduates and welcomed them to the Association. Mr. Yoshida then proposed a toast, marking the start of the reception.
The mood of the reception was festive, with food from the APU cafeteria menu, a performance by the melodious APU Gospel Circle and plenty of chatter. There was also a raffle with prices such as APU goods and a digital camera. The attendees roared in approval every time someone won a prize. To end the event, a group photograph was taken of all the attendees.
There were approximately 300 attendees at the party, including graduates, students, faculty, staff, parents and guardians. We hope that the new graduates will always keep memories of APU APU close to their hearts even as they proceed to pursue professional careers or further studies.