Hokkaido delegation visits to celebrate
Pageantry marks anniversaries of international
J. Fitzgibbons, Chronicle staff
David Scott chats with President Tambo and former Hokkaido University
President Mikio Arie (right) before the convocation at the William
Smith Clark Memorial.
125-year-old bonds linking the University and Hokkaido University
in Japan were celebrated Sept. 13 during ceremonies at a memorial
honoring the leader who forged those ties and led both institutions:
William Smith Clark.
the monument highlighting Clark's pioneering roles at the Massachusetts
Agricultural College and Sapporo Agricultural College, officials
from both universities also hailed the 10th anniversary of a "sister-state"
relationship between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Hokkaido
During the early
afternoon convocation, President William M. Bulger awarded an honorary
doctorate to Hokkaido University President Norihito Tambo.
at the event were members of both the Hokkaido/Massachusetts Society
(HOMAS), and the Massachusetts/Hokkaido Sister State Association.
University President Norihito Tambo receives an honorary doctorate
from President William M. Bulger as (from left) state Sen. Stan
Rosenberg, President Emeritus David C. Knapp and state Rep.
Ellen Story assist with Tambo's doctoral hood.
convocation, participants visited the Du Bois Library to view the
Benjamin Smith Lyman Collection of Japanese materials. The delegation
also attended an exhibition of artworks by students from UMass and
Hokkaido in the Student Union Gallery.
In the evening,
Chancellor David Scott hosted a dinner in honor of President Tambo.
Earlier in the
day, officials from both schools visited Clark's gravesite in Amherst's
West Cemetery, where associate provost and Amherst Select Board
chair Bryan Harvey addressed the visiting delegation.
Clark, who served
as the third president of Massachusetts Agricultural College, was
invited to Japan in 1876 to help establish an agricultural college
in Sapporo. Clark, who served as the first
president of the Japanese college, is still revered at the institution,
where his parting words, "Boys, be ambitious," are often
invoked to inspire students.
traditional dress, a group of women from the Hokkaido delegation
watch last week's ceremonies.
Last week's events
were organized by the International Programs Office.