University of the Ryukyus Alumni Association Ceremony Commemorating Its Sixtieth Anniversary

On Saturday, July 11, 2015, the University of the Ryukyus Alumni Association held a commemorative ceremony for the sixtieth anniversary of its foundation on a large scale at the Hotel Royal Orion in Naha City.

Prior to the ceremony, there was a commemorative lecture entitled “Divining the Future of a Global Society” by Mr. Masayuki Kishimoto, who graduated from the department of English literature at the University of the Ryukyus in 1957. While Mr. Kishimoto has been busily engaged as the representative director of Kishimoto Family International, Inc. (in the U.S.A.), he, in his official capacity as the representative director, along with his wife, has supported a large number of charities around the world.

The ceremony started with the singing of the Ryukyu University song, Kumo-yo Wake Senbaru-no Sora-ni, in unison. After an address by Ms. Noriko Kouki, Alumni Association president, Vice-President Hironobu Gibo reported the Alumni Association’s preceding year’s activities. After that, congratulatory addresses were delivered by Mr. Hajime Ooshiro, president of the University of the Ryukyus, Vice-Governor Mitsuo Ageta, on behalf of Okinawa Prefectural Governor Takeshi Onaga, and Mr. Akira Uema, Nishihara Town mayor. President Kouki then presented awards to deserving people who work for companies that support the alumni association and presented a thank you note. Next, University President Ooshiro awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of the Ryukyus to Mr. Kishimoto, who gave a speech of thanks as an award recipient representative.

The ceremony ended successfully and was followed by a gorgeous celebratory party. It began up with a congratulatory address by Ginowan City Mayor Atsushi Sakima, a Ryukyu dance by alumni members, and an award ceremony for a golf tournament. During the party, many alumni members had a chance to get to know each other, leaving a firm impression that the University of the Ryukyus Alumni Association will grow even more.

Commemorative lecture by Mr. Kishimoto      Singing Kumo-yo Wake Senbaru-no Sora-ni

Opening address by Association President Kouk  iAddress by University President Ooshiro

Award presentation and thank you note       Awarding honorary doctorate to Mr. Kishimoto