STU48 member Cho Orie has announced her graduation from the group. This was announced by Cho at the 'Setouchi 7-ken Tour ~ Rikujo Koen 2018 ~ [瀬 戸 内 7 県 ツ ア ー ~ 陸上 公演 2018 ~]' concert held in Hiroshima, March 13, 2018.
In its announcement, Cho conveyed, "I'm Cho Orie going to graduate from STU48." Cho further revealed, "I've spent a year of my time with STU48 by doing things, interacting with so many people, that I can see what I really want to do."
Regarding the reason for Orie graduation, Cho revealed, "I want to interact with many people in this world, after consulting with family and staff, I choose the path of education."