Although they may not have had the commencement ceremony they imagined, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s class of 2020 joins a network of more than 190,000 proud UH Mānoa alumni worldwide. In lieu of an in-person celebration, the UH Office of Alumni Relations called on a handful of fellow alumni to help congratulate the class of 2020 and welcome graduates to the UH alumni ʻohana—virtually.

Featured alumni include:

  • Maile Au, MBA ’06
  • Larry Beil, BA ’83
  • Maya Soetoro-Ng, PhD ’06, BA ’94
  • Shiraz Dole, BBA ’17
  • Bernadette Baraquio, MA ’17, BA ’96
  • Shaiyanne Dar, BBA ’08
  • Kolten Wong, Rainbow Warrior Baseball standout, 2009–2011
  • Tammy Duckworth, BA ’89
  • Dave Shoji, Former Wahine Volleyball Head Coach
  • Amy Hennessey, BA ’96
  • Sabrina McKenna, JD ’82, BA ’78
  • Dave Matlin, MBA ’97
  • Alex Kawakami, BS ’11
  • Lan Chung, BS ’96
  • Erin Kanno Uehara, MBA ’13, BEd ’06
  • President David Lassner, PhD ’98
  • Mazie Hirono, BA ’70
  • Robert Kekaula, BA ’08

Alumni offered heartfelt congratulations, words of wisdom and encouragement as graduates prepare to embark on their next journey.

“I know this is not the way you wanted your year to end up,” said Larry Beil. “But know this; No matter where you go, no matter what you do, UH and Hawaiʻi will always be in your heart.”

“As a fellow University of Hawaiʻi graduate, congratulations to each of you in the class of 2020,” said Senator Mazie Hirono. “This is a graduation that you will never forget in the midst of a world pandemic. My hope is that you will take your hard-earned degrees and make a difference for the better.”

Mosaic of alumni