Fans faced a bittersweet moment on September 25th, 2021 as members of SNH48 Team NII past and present gathered on the stage of the Xingmeng Theater for the graduation of Lu Ting.
The current STAR48 contracts state that if a member is going to turn 30 before the next election, they are to graduate by December 31st of the current year. This new contract replaced the original 8 year one signed by the first 4 generations of the group. The contract now lasts for 8 years or until a member turns 30 whichever is the greater. A member who graduates from SNH48 but still has years on her contract can then continue on as a STAR48 artist.
The show was hosted by Qian BeiTing (Honoured Graduate of the 1st generation and member of AW9) and included group songs with other members of Team NII as well as several unit performances featuring other 2nd generation members still under contract with STAR48 (more on that below).
In the photo to the right, an MC with Jiang Yun, Qian BeiTing, Sun Rui, Lu Ting, Li YiTong, Lin SiYi, and Wan LiNa.
You can watch the full stage in the video at top of the page.
Some special guests
Lu Ting welcomed several guests for her graduation (on and off stage). The ones still under active contracts with STAR48 were allowed to perform with a few others in the audience.
From left to right in the photo: Chen JiaYing, Yi JiaAi, Wan LiNa, Lin SiYi, Sun Rui, Lu Ting, Zhao Yue, Wen JingJie, and Li YiTong.
As all things need to come to an end eventually, the show itself concluded with Lu Ting receiving her official “graduation certificate” from SNH48 (see photo to the right). She then proceeded to remove her photo from the Team NII wall and placing a new one as an Honoured Graduate alongside the 1st generation members and Sun Rui who graduated a week before.
The “Honoured Graduate” designation is reserved for those members who complete their full contract before leaving the group. That is why Ju JingYi and Li YiTong did not make it to that list as both graduated to open their solo studios long before their contracts were due to run out.
You can see that in the video below.
From all fans, congratulations!