This past weekend was a very exciting weekend for the University of Hawaii 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 Hawaii Graduation Initiative goal.
I had the privilege of attending commencement ceremonies this year at Hawaii Community College, UH Hilo, UH Manoa and the John A. Burns School of Medicine. Hawaii 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 Hawaii to him personally and the important role we will play in the future of Hawaii.
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 Hawaii.
University and campus news
- Legislative/budget update
- PACOM agreement
- Skin cancer prevention campaign
- PURE Math initiative
- Net-0 model home
- Kauai scholarships
- MELE award nominees
UH Community Colleges News
44th model home has sustainability twist
Hawaii Community College has been an active participant in helping to meet the community’s affordable housing needs on Hawaii Island through its annual Model Home Project. This year, the college collaborated with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, government agencies and private business to build its 44th home.
This year’s home is the first one designed to be a Net-0 residential dwelling, with a variety of green features.
Students, faculty, university and community leaders gathered with the family that will reside in the new home for a dedication ceremony last week. The project is a capstone project for the Carpentry and Architectural, Engineering and CAD Technologies programs, although many other students from different Hawaii Community College programs participate. A total of 98 students from seven programs at the college worked together to build the home over the last year.