September 17, 2021 TOPICS

The Ritsumeikan University September 2021 Academic Year Commencement Ceremony(Update:Regarding the release of the live streaming URL)

The September 2021 Academic Year Commencement Ceremony will be held in-person at the Osaka Ibaraki Campus, with strict preventive measures in place against infection.

The event will also be streamed live for graduating/completing students unable to attend the on-campus ceremony, family members, and non-graduating/completing students.

Click here for live streaming URL:

*In July we announced that the ceremony would be open for attendance by family members; however, due to the worsening situation surrounding COVID-19, we have decided to limit attendance to graduating/completing students only.
We truly regret disappointing family members looking forward to attending this important and momentous event in person, but we sincerely request your cooperation in refraining from entering the campus and watching the ceremony via live streaming.
We must also prohibit non-graduating/completing students wishing to join graduates in the celebration from entering the campus, as a measure to prevent the spread of infection, and ask for your understanding in this regard.

We request the understanding and cooperation of those attending in-person with respect to the following points:

  • On the day of the commencement ceremonies, please check your temperature before coming to campus. If you have a fever of 37.5°C or above, or otherwise do not feel well, please refrain from attending. In addition, your temperature will be checked on arrival at the venue. If you are found to have a fever or other symptoms, you may be asked to watch the ceremony from a different room.
  • To avoid the “Three Cs” (i.e., closed spaces, crowded places, close-contact settings) on campus, please refrain from arriving on campus more than one hour before the start time of the event (except when getting robed in a kimono on campus).
  • Please be sure to wear a mask at all times, including on your way to and from the ceremony and while on campus. When taking photos, please ensure that you keep your mask on.
  • Individual diplomas will be conferred to students by their college or graduate school after the commencement ceremony. As soon as the event is over, please exit the campus within 30 minutes. Do not stay on campus for an extended period.
  • Please refrain from social gatherings and other kinds of meetings that involve eating and drinking before and after the ceremony. We also ask for your cooperation outside the campus as well by refraining from social gatherings at restaurants from the perspective of preventing the spread of infection.
  • The risk of infection can be significantly reduced by wearing a mask at all times, social distancing, avoiding the “Three Cs,” and refraining from having gatherings that involve eating and drinking. Please ensure that your actions reflect a mental attitude of “protecting yourself from infection and not infecting others.”

The diplomas for graduating/completing students who did not attend the on-campus ceremony due to individual circumstances will be mailed on a later date. Information regarding this procedure will be included in the graduation/completion results announcement. It is also possible to only attend the diploma conferral part of the ceremony.

Please note that the abovementioned arrangements are subject to change depending on the COVID-19 infection situation going forward. Changes, if any, will be announced on the website, so please check for the latest information.

Overview of the Commencement Ceremony

○Osaka Ibaraki Campus
Thursday, September 23, 2021 (national holiday)
○Live streaming URL:

Start Time


Colleges / Graduate Schools


OIC Arena

All Undergraduate and Graduate School

Venue for presentation of diplomas for graduating/completing students

○Osaka Ibaraki Campus
Thursday, September 23, 2021 (national holiday)

Presentation of diplomas for graduating/completing students will take place separately for each college and graduate school. For those who will receive diplomas, please make sure to bring your personal seal (for acknowledging receipt), student ID card, and writing utensils.

Start Time

Colleges / Graduate Schools



College of Letters / Graduate School of Letters


Graduate School of Technology Management


College of Policy Science /

Graduate School of Policy Science


School of Law


College of Law


College of Information Science and Engineering /

Graduate School of Information Science and Engineering


College of Social Sciences /

Graduate School of Sociology


College of Economics


Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences


College of Science and Engineering /

Graduate School of Science and Engineering


College of Business Administration /

Graduate School of Business Administration


College of Image Arts and Sciences /

Graduate School of Image Arts


Graduate School of Language Education and Information Science


College of International Relations /

Graduate School of International Relations


College of Pharmaceutical Sciences


Graduate School of Economics


College of Sport and Health Science /

Graduate School of Sport and Health Science


College of Comprehensive Psychology /

Graduate School of Human Science


College of Life Sciences /

Graduate School of Life Sciences


On-Campus Infection Prevention Measures

  • Automatic body temperature measurement will be conducted at the entrance to the ceremony venues, disinfectant stations will be installed at each location, and the venues will be ventilated.
  • The number of people who can enter the venue will be limited and seats will be arranged to ensure social distancing.
  • Seats will be disinfected after the end of each ceremony.
  • In order to avoid the “Three Cs,” entry and exit will be controlled both inside and outside the ceremony venue. We ask for your cooperation in following staff instructions on the day of the ceremony.

If you are coming to the venue in a wheelchair, or if you would like to request a sign language interpreter, please contact the following address in advance.

Ritsumeikan University, Office of Academic Regulations
Tel: 075-813-8170


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