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quote from MRC Greenwood

May 2011


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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Honolulu students nominated for music awards

On Sunday, May 29, the Hawai‘i Convention Center will be filled with Hawai‘i’s top entertainers and music makers for the 34th annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, presented by the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts. Among the nominees will be Honolulu Community College Music and Entertainment Learning Experience (MELE) students Glenn Molina and Steven Lynch, and MELE instructor Eric Lagrimas.

Glenn is studying music business and Steven is studying audio engineering. They are business partners who formed their own record label, Ignoble Records. They produced the album Amplify, which is nominated for Compilation of Year.

Instructor Eric Lagrimas also has his own record label, Pass Out Records, and has released numerous Hoku nominated albums. He produced Abe Lagrimas, Jr. and Friends’ album Solo Ukulele: The King of Pop that is nominated for Extended Play Release of the Year.

Congratulations to them and the MELE Program!