One hundred and twenty-five students were honored during the annual closing ceremony on Friday, December 11, 2015. There was a certificate ceremony, as well as presenting some awards, in Hudson Hall on the Willamette University campus. Afterwards, there was a reception party. The ceremony is the culmination of a year of intense study of English and American Studies courses taught by TIUA and Willamette University faculty members.
This 2015 class of students arrived for the American Studies Program at Willamette University in February. This program offers students the opportunity to take classes at TIUA and WIllamette University, as well as participating in various
activities throughout the eleven months, such as volunteering with local charities, getting to know community members through the Tomodachi "friendship" Program, and interacting with Willamette University students as roommates and friends.
Attending the ceremony from Tokyo International University in Kawagoe, Japan, was President Hiroshi Takahashi. In addition to President Takahashi, other speakers included President Stephen Thorsett and Dean Marlene Moore from Willamette University. ASWU President Shamir Cervantes and Senator Seika Tsuchimoto also spoke on behalf of the students. Salem community members who participated in the Tomodachi Program were also invited.