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May 2011

Commencement

This past weekend was a very exciting weekend for the University of Hawai‘i as our campuses and programs statewide celebrated Spring Commencement. We awarded more than 5,000 degrees and certificates this semester. That puts us over 9,200 degrees and certificates awarded this academic year, which is well ahead of our Hawai‘i Graduation Initiative goal.

I had the privilege of attending commencement ceremonies this year at Hawai‘i Community College, UH Hilo, UH Manoa and the John A. Burns School of Medicine. Hawai‘i Community College’s commencement was a special occasion for the campus as they celebrate their 70th anniversary. At UH Hilo, we recognized 84 students who made up the first graduating class of the College of Pharmacy, and 63 new doctors are now in the field after the John A. Burns School of Medicine’s annual convocation ceremony.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie spoke to our advanced degree graduates at UH Manoa and gave a rousing talk on the impact of the University of Hawai‘i to him personally and the important role we will play in the future of Hawai‘i.

Also, I’d like to recognize our University Centers on the neighbor islands for their continued efforts to help make baccalaureate and advanced degrees accessible to our neighbor island residents via distance learning. The UH Center on Maui celebrated its commencement ceremony last week with more than 100 students receiving degrees and certificates from our baccalaureate campuses.

Commencement is a time for us to rejoice in the important student and faculty success that it represents. I extend my congratulations to all our graduates as well as our faculty and staff who support our students every day and help them towards their goal of graduating from the University of Hawai‘i.

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PACOM memorandum of understanding

I am happy to report that the University of Hawai‘i has formalized a partnership with the U.S. Pacific Command that will explore enhanced areas of collaboration including renewable energy, water and disaster management. These are arguably two of the most powerful and influential forces in our state’the military and the university’coming together with a shared vision of cooperation in education, practice and research activity.

Chancellor Hinshaw and I signed a memorandum of understanding earlier this month with Adm. Robert Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command. This MOU is a result of discussions initiated at a conference in January between senior leaders of both organizations as we discussed methods to jointly enhance security throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Some of the key areas the partnership will focus on include sending nursing faculty and students on military humanitarian missions such as Pacific Partnership and Pacific Angel, as well as expanding an internship program at PACOM headquarters to give students first-hand experience working on strategic Asia-Pacific security initiatives.

I’d like to thank UH Manoa Vice Chancellor Gary Ostrander for his leadership in this effort. Gary is the UH co-chair of the steering committee leading this partners