Morning Musume 18′ member Haruna Ogata to graduate in June

It has come to light that Morning Musume 18′ member Haruna Ogata will be graduating from both the group and Hello!Project in June 2018.

Ogata shared that she wants to focus on her education. Beginning in April she will start to attend a junior college, and hopes to transition into a 4 year university program. Balancing classes and her show business duties isn’t an easy task, especially the further she gets into her education.

The sudden announcement was made due to Ogata waiting for her results to come in. Her fellow Morning Musume groupmates already were well aware of Ogata’s ambitions to attend university, they also knew that she was taking entrance exams.

Her graduation will take place on the final day of Morning Musume’s current tour Morning Musume Tanjou 20 Shuunen Kinen Concert Tour 2018 Haru ~We are MORNING MUSUME~  on June 20th, 2018.

In 2014 Ogata successfully passed the generation 12 audition, becoming the very first member to hail from the Osaka prefecture. She made her official CD debut with the other gen 12 members in the 2015 single Seishun Kozou ga Naiteiru / Yuugure wa Ameagari / Ima Koko Kara.