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May 2010

Trip to Washington, D.C.

I spent a week in Washington, D.C., earlier this month meeting and connecting with a number of different university constituencies.

The East-West Center is celebrating its golden anniversary this year, marking 50 years of success in promoting better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia and the Pacific. I had the opportunity to attend its 50th Anniversary Celebration, and I met and spoke with a number of East-West Center and UH alumni at a special event with the UH Alumni Association. It was a great experience to hear from these alumni about their affinity for the university and their ideas for how we can continue to engage them.

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Patti Lyons, left, receives an honorary degree from Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, Regent Dennis Hirota and President Greenwood

Spring Commencement 2010

It was a pleasure for me to participate in this past weekend’s commencement festivities at our campuses. I had the honor of sharing a congratulatory message with our graduates at Honolulu Community College and served as the keynote speaker at the first commencement ceremony for our newly named University of Hawai‘i Maui College.

I also participated in ceremonies at UH Manoa, whose graduates had the privilege of hearing an inspirational message from Maya Soetoro-Ng, the sister of President Barack Obama. Also at this ceremony, an honorary degree was presented to family and child advocate Patti Lyons in recognition of her outstanding contributions in the field of social work, especially in the prevention and treatment of child neglect and abuse.

Each of the other campus commencements were attended by a system vice president. I’d like to thank our Board of Regents members who were also represented at each campus celebration.

I’d also like to congratulate the John A. Burns School of Medicine for presenting medical degrees to 58 news physicians, 12 of whom are Native Hawaiians. This represents the largest single class of students of Native Hawaiian ancestry to graduate from the medical school. This is a wonderful achievement!

Between our 10 campuses, more than 5,000 students were eligible for degrees this semester. We look forward to graduating even more students in the future as we work towards achieving our goal of increasing the number of college graduates by 25 percent by the year 2015 through our Hawai‘i Graduation Initiative.