(music plays) (he aloha no na â€˜ewa) (clapping) please be seated. thank you dr. leilani basham, kalika correa for the he aloha no na â€˜ewa. which was composed in honor of the â€˜ewa district and each of its ahupuaâ€˜a. they were accompanied by the uh west oâ€˜ahu chorus, led by choral director karol nowicki. special guests, members of the graduating class, parents, family and friends. welcome to the 2016 spring commencement and the university of hawa'i - west oâ€˜ahu.
(cheering and clapping) my name is leila wai - shimokawa and i'll be your co - emcee for today's festivities. before we start the commencement celebration and recognition of achievements, it is befitting that we first take a moment to pay our respect to the victims of the recent kumamoto earthquakes. the kumamoto and aso campuses of the tokai university educational system in japan were severely damaged and the lives of three students were tragically lost.
in honor of our neighbors, hawaiâ€˜i tokai international college and their sister campuses who tragically suffered lost of life and severe damage, please join me in a moment of silence. thank you. now dr. allen rosenfeld, dr. jayson chun and director of strategic initiatives sherry proper will present expressions of support for the victims of the kumamoto earthquakes by our uh west oâ€˜ahu faculty and staff to hawaiâ€˜i tokai international college chancellor takuya yoshimura and vice chancellor mark hamilton. thank you dr. rosenfeld, dr. chun and sherry proper for the presentation and thank you chancellor yoshimura and vice chancellor hamilton for your presence.
thank you, and now may i please welcome to the podium our chancellor, doris ching. thank you leila and aloha everyone on this wonderful day. i want to address you graduates, family, friends, regents, university of hawaiâ€˜i executives, faculty, staff and guests. in our many diverse roles, we today share one thing in common. for all of us here, this is a very happy occasion and it is truly a privilege to extend my warmest welcome to our candidates for graduation,
to your families and friends, and to our esteemed guests. this is also a special year for this university. we are celebrating our 40th birthday. 40 years ago, this institution then known as the west oâ€˜ahu college had five faculty members who held their classes in local area high schools, and today we have more than 1,005 faculty and counting who teach in classrooms on our own, our very own university of hawaiâ€˜i - west oâ€˜ahu campus. we have grown into a full fledged universtiy. let's here it for the full fledged university, and this campus is representative of many of our own graduates today.
still learning and still looking to grow, and like our graduates we are innovative, we are willing and able to take advantage of the exciting educational opportunities offered to us. we stand ready to address the higher education needs of our community. so graduates, the faculty and staff of the university of hawaiâ€˜i - west oâ€˜ahu are proud of what you have accomplished here and we look forward to hearing about the remarkable things you will do as uh west oâ€˜ahu alumni. my heartiest congratulations and very best wishes to every one of you, aloha.
thank you chancellor ching, and now what is quickly becoming a tradition here at uh west oâ€˜ahu, it is with great pleasure that i introduce my co - emcees, two of our students, haylie culp and marousha moore. haylie is a pueo mentor, associated students of the university of hawaiâ€˜i - west oâ€˜ahu senator and the chairwoman of ala - aloha girls state in hawaiâ€˜i. she graduates in spring 2017 with a bachelor of education with a concentration in secondary education. marousha is a chairwoman and a founding member of our student activity fee board
and one of our legislative interns. she graduates in fall 2016 with a bachelor of arts in social sciences with a concentration in psychology and a certificate in health care administration. we're happy to have two of our brightest to lead today's ceremony. thank you leila. i'm haylie culp, and i'm marousha moore, and we're honored to co - emcee today's festivities.
this is a special occasion for our graduates and families, so please silence your cellphones. it is my pleasure to introduce uh west oâ€˜ahu candidate for graduation, ashley mae ramos, who will now lead us in the star spangled banner and hawaiâ€˜i ponoâ€˜ä«. accompanied by the university of hawaiâ€˜i - west oâ€˜ahu band and university chorus. please stand. oh, say can you see by the dawns early light what so proudly we hailed
at the twilights last gleaming who's broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous flight o'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming and the rocket's red glare the bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still there
oh, say does that star spangled banner yet wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave. hawaiâ€˜i ponoê»ä« nänä i kou måê»ä« ka lani aliê»i, ke aliê»i makua lani ä“, kamehameha ä“,
na kaua e pale, me ka ihe thank you ashley and thank you to the uh west oâ€˜ahu band and it's director chad kamei. now, i would like to introduce our vice chancellor for vice administration kevin ishida to introduce our distinguished guests. good morning. i'm pleased to introduce our distinguished guests. please rise as your name is called a remain standing. will the audience please hold your applause until all are recognized. chief justice mark recktenwald, keynote speaker
board of regents chair randolf moore regent coralie chun matayoshi regent michelle tagorda dr. david lassner, president university of hawaiâ€˜i dr. doris ching, chancellor dr. jacqueline honda, acting vice chancellor for academic affairs dr. judy oliveria, vice chancellor for student affairs dr. stanley orr, chair university of hawaiâ€˜i - west oâ€˜ahu faculty senate dr. linda randall, chair business division
dr. mary heller, chair education division dr. allan rosenfeld, chair humanities division dr. kristina guo, chair public administration division dr. susan adler, chair social science division tiffany shelton, our student commencement speaker senator will espero senator mike gabbard senator susan chun oakland representative ty cullen
representative sharon har and her husband vince todd takuya yoshimura, chancellor hawaiâ€˜i tokai international college mark hamilton, vice chancellor hawaiâ€˜i tokai international college kiran polk, executive director of the kapolei chamber of commerce georgette stevens, officer west oâ€˜ahu economic development association and her daughter keala rodney luke, doe area complex superintendent pearl city - waipahu rufino magliba, legislative intern program mentor dwight takamine, former director of labor state of hawaiâ€˜i carl makino, retired board of regents staff and his wife cynthia
chancellor ching's husband wooper ching robin companiano, regent emeritus and member of executive leadership committee for west oâ€˜ahu we are grateful for all that you have done and are honored that you can be apart of today's celebration please give them a round of applause. you all may be seated, thank you. we're honored to have with us today from the uh board of regents chair randy moore and regents coralie matayoshi and michelle tagorda. uh west oâ€˜ahu is grateful to the board of regents for your continued support of our campus. i would like to regent matayoshi to the podium.
hope my hat doesn't fly off. president lassner, chancellor ching, faculty and staff, graduates, families and friends, i am delighted to take part in the university of hawaiâ€˜i - west oâ€˜ahu's commencement and i want to thank you for inviting me to say a few words on behalf of the regents. of course you know that uh west oâ€˜ahu is celebrating it's 40th anniversary this year, congratulations. minutes from now, the candidates for graduation will join an exclusive yet growing membership of alumni. some of you have navigated through unconventional routes to be the first of their family to get a college degree. many of you have juggled full schedules balancing work, school and family.
others have embraced their college experience filling their plates with a slate of extra - curricular activities. many took advantage of uh west oâ€˜ahu's online offers to complete their degrees. all will soon share one common trait. you will all be proud graduates of the university of hawaiâ€˜i - west oâ€˜ahu. we honor you as we celebrate your perseverance and commitment to achieving your goals. whether you pursue a graduate school or employment, you will soon discover that the dedication and hard work you needed to get to this point will guide you in the next phase of your life. on behalf of the board of regents, i extend a special thanks to all those who made it possible
to obtain your bachelor degree, and to all of you graduates, we are so very proud of you. carpe diem, seize the day. aloha and mahalo. thank you regent matayoshi, and now i'd like to call upon uh system to give the greetings from the university of hawaiâ€˜i system. i won't even try. good morning and welcome to all of you. this is really one of the best days in the life of a university president. when we get to see happy graduates and just as importantly really happy families.
so maybe let's pause a moment and think about all of you here in the audience. these people couldn't be here without you. you are parents, you are children, you are aunties and uncles, you are grandparents, you are grandchildren, all of whom helped make this possible. so how about a round of applause from the graduates to your families and friends, and also to our public policy makers. this was 40 years in the making it's a very happy birthday that we're here and we couldn't do it without the dedicated leadership of our public policy makers. representative har has been near and dear to her heart i know for many years.
each time i talk with her this all she wants to talk about, is the success of this campus. thank you so much. but also the regents over many, many years. who kept the faith that it would be possible to do this and many in the community. so thanks all of you for helping us have yet another great graduation with great weather here in kapolei. thanks. so while you are proud university of hawaiâ€˜i - west oâ€˜ahu graduates, i would be remiss if i didn't also let you know you are very proud university of hawaiâ€˜i system graduates as well and we are a great public university system made up of ten campuses
serving students across the state. next week in fact, i will see many of your fellow graduates on maui. who uh west oâ€˜ahu serves so proudly through distance learning opportunities and another batch will be finishing off there of your classmates as well. i know many of you will have aspirations to go back to your families after what you've just gone through. some of you will go straight into the workplace and others of you may move on to another university of hawaiâ€˜i campus to further your educational goals. maybe now, maybe in three years, five years, 10 years or 20 years. your only limits are your dreams and i will say one day one of you may be up here
like i am as a proud university of hawaiâ€˜i graduate serving as president. aloha and congratulations. thank you president lassner. we also want to thank another one of our distinguished guest, council member ron menor. please rise, thank you very much. thank you so much for being here. now, it is truly an honor to introduce our keynote speaker. chief justice mark recktenwald was sworn in as supreme justice of the supreme court of the state of hawaiâ€˜i on september 14, 2010. he was appointed as the chief judge of the intermediate court of appeals in april 2007 and an associate justice at the supreme court in may 2009.
he previously served as the director of the department of commerce and consumer affairs and an assisting united states attorney for the district of hawaiâ€˜i. as an attorney in private practice, he received his undergraduate degree from harvard university, his law degree from the university of chicago, also i would personally like to thank you for visiting our legislative internship class this semester. ladies and gentlemen, i am proud to present to you one of the most highly respected persons in the state of hawaiâ€˜i, our keynote speaker, the honorable chief justice mark recktenwald. good morning and aloha everyone.
i had the chance to meet the legislative interns at the very beginning of the legislative session. i felt like i had nine of my best friends up at the legislature, marousha and the rest of those folks. when i'd walk around, i'd see them working really hard in their various offices but they'd always greet me with a smile and i could see the incredible experiences they were having and it always made me feel comfortable and welcome at our state capitol. i think it really strikes home how important this school is and the contributions of people at the school are making already while their students and then what's going to happen when they move out into the community. so i want to thank chancellor doris ching for inviting me to join you here for this very joyous occasion and i want to echo professor, i'm sorry, president lassner by welcoming and acknowledging
the moms and dads, spouses and children, grandparents, aunties, uncles and the other family and friends. who are here today and to thank them for everything they did to support these graduates on the long journey to this day and to each of the graduates, congratulations on this great achievement, you did it. congratulations. so while today has great significance for each of you as graduates and individuals it also has great significance for our community. we gather here on this beautiful new campus at a rapidly growing institution with nearly 2,700 students and cutting edge programs, but it wasn't always that way. professor dan boylan can remember the very first west o'ahu classes back in 1976.
there was an initial enrollment of about 75 students and to hear dan tell that the faculty literally taught out of the trunks of their cars. so it took a lot of grit, determination and heart to build this school into what it is today and those qualities are all reflected in you graduates, the heirs of that proud tradition. when people describe the students at uh west oâ€˜ahu, they use words like proud, determined, aspirational. they say the students here aren't like students at other colleges. they speak up, they participate, they're not pretentious, they're eager, they're hungry to learn. many of you graduating today started out at one of our community colleges and some of you
may be the first in your family to graduate from college. you had to work hard and sacrifice to get to where you are today and as a result you've opened up an infinite number of possibilities for your future. so as you consider the possibilities that lie ahead, please remember that the opportunities you have been given carry with them an obligation. an obligation to participate in the civic life of our community. you have many good examples to draw from, but the one i'd like to focus on today concerns another graduation that took place at a pivotal moment in hawaiâ€˜i's history. it was may 21, 1942 and a young man named daniel k. inouye was graduating from mckinley high school.
five months earlier, he was getting ready for church on a sunday morning when a radio broadcast broke in. hawaiâ€˜i was under attack by the empire of japan. daniel who was a red cross volunteer helped firemen pull the dead and injured from fires on king st. and mccully st. and it was clear that his world had changed forever. in the aftermath of the attack on pearl harbor, the federal government imprisoned 120,000 japanese - americans in internment camps. simply because of their race. one of the most shameful episodes in our nation's history. some of them were held in the honouliuli camp in the hils above where we gather today
and i applaud the efforts of the faculty and students of this school who work so hard to preserve the story of that camp and the lessons that it holds for us in the 21st century. no despite facing rampant discrimination, daniel inouye and thousands of young japanese - american men across the united states petitioned president roosevelt to fight for their country and they finally got that opportunity in 1943 with the creation of the 442nd regimental combat team. which went on to become the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in the history of the american military.
the nisei soldiers who fought in europe came home changed men. having seen the horrors of the battlefield, but the hawaiâ€˜i they returned to was in many ways the same place they had left. a highly stratified plantation based economy that was dominated by several large corporations and the wealthy families who ran them, but these vets didn't want to return to the old ways and they set about changing them. many of them used the g.i. bill to go to college and on to law school. they realized civic engagement was a key to building a society, which values and treats all people equally. in 1954, many of them including daniel inouye, who later became our longest serving us senator,
successfully ran for the legislature and two years later, patsy mink joined them. during her later service in the us congress, congresswoman mink played a key role in enacting title lx, which provides opportunities for women and girls across this country to pursue their educational and career goals. so members of that generation used the law to change hawaiâ€˜i. abolishing the death penalty in 1957, enacting a civil rights and employment law in 1963,
adopting constitutional protections for the rights of women and the collected bargaining rights of employees, and adopting an employer based system of comprehensive healthcare in 1974 long before healthcare reform was an issue of national importance. now even though many of those great leaders are no longer with us, their example can inspire us today. if you turn on the t.v. or read the news you can see there are no shortage of problems that need solving. there is still grave injustice in this world, there is still intolerable inequality. today i challenge you, the next generation of hawaiâ€˜i's leaders, to follow the examples of those who came before you and dedicate yourselves to civic engagement.
no what exactly do i mean by civic engagement? in short, we need you to never stop learning and remain informed. to care about making your community a better place, to participate in the political process, and to use your education to create a more just and equal society. at the judiciary where i am privileged to work, everything that we do depends on having an informed an engaged public. alexander hamilton called the judiciary the weakest of the three branches of government.
we don't command armies and we can't impose taxes all we have going for us is the power of ideas. here in hawaiâ€˜i we have a state constitution that guarantees many important rights and a non - political judiciary to uphold that constitution. we're the only branch of government that's insulated from the political process and we have a simple mission. applying the law justly, fairly and equally to all people and doing so in a way that is transparent. to make what we do immediate and meaningful to our young people, we've begun taking the hawaiâ€˜i supreme court out into the community
to hold oral arguments and real cases at high schools across the state. more then 2,500 students have attended those arguments. most recently in december at waianae high school, after one argument in a criminal case involving theft, a student came up to me and said he was surprised that the court had asked some very tough questions of the deputy prosecuting attourney. his comment went to the heart of the rule of law. when you come before the courts, you'll get a fair shake whether you represent the state of hawaiâ€˜i with all of its power or an accused thief. so in some, civic engagement is the life blood of our democracy.
if our citizens are not informed, if they think their voice does not matter, or that the system is rigged, then the way our government operates will be determined primarily by money, popularity and power and not only what we do at the judiciary will be compromised but everything that senator inouye and so many other have fought for could be lost as well. this is why we need you to help shape the civic life of this community. you are our next generation of leaders. you need to keep fighting for what is right. you need to use your education to create a more just and equal society. you need to fight for those who's voices might not otherwise be heard. it's your turn to step up. as graduates of this very special school, you've already shown yourselves to be more then up to that task.
so to each of you and your family and friends, congratulations and aloha. thank you chief justice recktenwald. for your words of inspiration, wisdom and justice. now our acting vice chancellor for academic affairs, dr. jacqueline honda, will recognize the candidates for graduation with distinction in honor. good morning. the university is proud of those students for graduating with distinction. based on a 4 - point scale, these candidates have earned a minimum grade point average of 3.75 and have completed at least 30 credits at uh west oâ€˜ahu.
you will find the names of these outstanding students asterisked in your program. will all those graduating with distinction and wearing a red chord, rise and remain standing. we would like to acknowledge the student award winners who were selected by faculty members in their respected divisions. for demonstrating outstanding academic achievement and or exceptional service to the community. the award winners are identified in your programs. will those students please rise and remain standing. in addition, the graduating class includes several members who were selected for national honor societies such as alpha phi sigma, alpha kappa delta, lambda alpha, psi chi, sigma tau delta and golden key international honour society.
to symbolize this achievement, these students are adorned with chords of various colors, pins or medallions. will those students please rise and remain standing. we would now like the recognize the student marshals. these student's academic achievements have resulted in their selection to assist their fellow candidates during the commencement ceremony. will the student marshals wearing a red and white chord, symbolizing their service to uh west oâ€˜ahu please rise and remain standing. we would like to call upon those students who augmented their studies by participating in service learning. those with service learning ti leaf lei, please rise and be recognized.
last but certainly not least, we would like to recognize our student veterans and thank them for their service. for those veterans, including those in the audience who would like to be recognized, audience, please join me in applauding all of these candidates for their academic accomplishments. thank you all, you may be seated. thank you dr. honda. now our vice chancellor for student affairs, dr. judy oliveira, will introduce our student speaker. aloha. i would now like to introduce our student speaker tiffany shelton. who was nominated by her professors for the honor of speaking on behalf of the graduating class.
tiffany, who is from hauâ€˜ula, is graduating with a bachelor's of humanities with a concentration in english. an avid tennis player, she has aspirations of being an english professor. so that she can pass on her passion for writing to others. tiffany received the humanities division award for the outstanding english student of this year. i'm honored to welcome to the podium, tiffany shelton. hello everyone. good morning faculty, friends, esteemed guests and family's of graduates. it is an honor to be amongst you all today as we end our journey at uh west oâ€˜ahu.
this experience has been incredibly amazing. every person up here has worked tremendously hard, through all obstacles to get here, and i found that life throws a lot of obstacles. so much more happens in college besides essays, exams and speeches. i have faced some of my darkest days during my years here, as i'm sure many of us have. i have to say there were moments when i thought i'd never make it this far. sometimes i didn't believe i could make it through the demands of college life. there was a time in my life, during my years here, that i was actually homeless. i moved from friend to friend, family member to family member, and was passed along a trail of people.
the only person who i believed could help me was my grandmother, but she had unfortunately away and my family had fallen apart. so my motivation to succeed here was definitely sparse, but i never knew how lucky i was to be a student at uh west, until these events had happened to me. every faculty member that i spoke to went out of their way to aid me. my professors that i had previously thought were so strict, had bent their own rules to give me a chance. i can't even recall the amount of classes i missed and assignments i didn't turn in, but they had done so much to support me every step of the way. during our years in college, we all have gone through trying experiences.
there are times when we had forgotten our goals, lacked faith in ourselves and lost people we loved, but being here today in our black gowns and red chords, is absolute proof of our undying determination. when we all stand today, we stand together. faculty, families and graduates alike. who have all given us amazing support throughout this journey. when we stand, we show that we did not surrender in the face of failure. every person up here has pulled through on all trials that life has handed to us. graduates, we are about to receive a piece of paper today.
not reflective of our many essays, exams, speeches, sleepless nights, energy drink binges, facebook procrastinations, video game procrastinations, starbucks study days but actually procrastinate procrastinations, go to the noâ€˜eau center and eat free food procrastinations and do anything but that 15 page paper procrastinations, but rather this paper is reflective of our drive towards individual succes and our drive to better ourselves. this paper tells the world that pueos soar above all challenges that stand in our way. so with that, i would like to leave you all
with the words of revered philosopher and rapper, drake. "you only live once." my fellow graduates, i implore you all to continue to face these challenges head on. though for some of us our long nights of studying and cramming may be over, when dark days come over way, let us continue to make the best of them. let this piece of paper remind you of who you are and who you are striving to become. thank you. i'll never forget my journey with all of you. thank you tiffany and congratulations. uh west oâ€˜ahu faculty senate chair, dr. stanley orr, will give the final salutation
to the graduates on behalf of the faculty. earlier this semester, our survey of american literature course touched on mark twain's novel "the connecticut yankee in king arthur's court." inspired by samuel clemens's 1860's hawaiâ€˜i visit, the novel tells the story of new england machinist hank morgan who gets hit on the head and inexplicably winds up in medieval england. using 19th-century technology, hank goes head to head with the catholic church and king arthur's knights of the round table.
as he sets up a school dubbed the factory, hank reflects "training. training is everything. training is all there is to a person. we have no thoughts of our own. no opinions of our own. they're transmitted to us. trained into us." whether or not mark twain shares this grim view of human agencies and open question, he certainly does not present the yankee in a favorable light as the novel precedes. i think i speak for most of my colleagues, however, when i say that we believe there is more or should be more to a person then that which has been trained into us. here at uh west oâ€˜ahu, you've had your share of training.
skills and gestures repeated so often that they've become second nature. as you're demonstrating right now, you have mastered the ability to line up, walk in the same direction, sit down and remain quiet for a given period of time. well done. the faculty could learn a thing or two from you. all kidding aside, a certain amount of training is indispensable. there are many instances in which quick, unhesitating responses can mean life or death. at the university of hawaiâ€˜i west oâ€˜ahu however, we have done our level best to educate as well as train. what's the difference you might ask?
when you have a moment, log onto the library databases one more time and read through the etymologies or histories of the words "training" and "education." you will be able to do this by the way because the faculty members in the library saved the oxford english dictionary database from budget cuts. you know who you are. training is quote, "sustained instruction in practice in an art, profession, occupation or procedure with a view to proficiency in it." it might also mean, quote "teaching of a particular behavior, especially obedience to orders" close quote.
to educate on the other hand is to, quote "help or cause a person to develop the intellectual and moral faculties in general and to provide a person with beneficial instruction. to raise to a state of better understanding or awareness" close quote. in keeping with our critical thinking institutional learning outcome, we have sought to cultivate not behavioral conditioning or training but rather the capacity for independent thought and informed opinions. whereas, training enables us to act without thinking. education would have us think before acting.
as aristotle has it, quote "it's the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." and thanks by the way to my colleague, who included that quote on his email signature. that's the source of my erudition there. as you move on into the prosperous and fulfilling jobs that you will earn with this degree, you will experience more training. indeed there will be time for more workshops, more retreats and more professional development days. as you go on to more training however, we encourage you not to forget your hard won education. thank you and congratulations.
thank you dr. orr. we will now proceed with the awarding of academic degrees and certificates. i would like to call dr. judy oliveira our vice chancellor for student affairs and dr. jan javinar from student affairs, to the podium to present the candidates for degrees and certificates and would the regents, president lassner and chancellor ching, please come to the stage. we are at the point that we get to recognize our graduates and really show you what uh west oâ€˜ahu is all about, our students. so congratualtions. will the candidates for the bachelor of arts in business and applied sciences degrees please rise and come forward
and will the business division faculty, dr. linda randall, please join the reception line. (conferring of degrees) congratulations business and applied sciences candidates. (clapping and cheering) will the candidates for the bachelor of education degree please rise and come forward and may i ask division chair dr. mary heller to join the reception line. congratulations education candidates. will the candidates for the bachelor of arts degree in humanities please rise and come forward and will humanities division chair dr. alan rosenfeld please join the reception line.
congratulations humanities candidates. will the candidates for the bachelor of arts in public administration please rise and come forward and will the division chair for public administration, dr. kristina guo, please join the reception line. congratulations public administration candidates. will the candidates for the bachelor of arts in social sciences please rise and come forward and will division chair for social sciences, dr. susan adler, please join the reception line. congratulations bachelor of arts in social sciences candidates. the receiving line may now be seated and may i ask chancellor ching and dr. honda back to the podium
and will dr.'s cox and landgraf please take your position at front-center stage. will all of the candidates for the bachelor of arts in business administration and applied sciences, bachelor of education, bachelor of arts in humanities, bachelor of arts in public administration, the bachelor of arts in social sciences, as well as the students or candidates for certificates, please rise. chancellor ching,
it gives me great pleasure to present to you these candidates they have completed their prescribed courses of study, and recommended by the faculty for their respective degrees and certificates. thank you. let me add a note here, that the faculty commencement marshal is a duty of honor and distinction. our faculty marshals were selected because of their significant achievements. dr. evelyn fenny cox, fenny you want to raise your hand there.
she has provided inspiration and leadership as the chair of mathematics and science, and will be dearly missed as she retires next month. fenny, thank you for keeping math and science alive at uh west oâ€˜ahu, and dr. katie landgraf, whose hand you saw as she passed the diplomas to me because she didn't want to be in any photo. katie is a assistant professor of accounting and was awarded the regents medal of honor in 2015. congratulations dr. cox and dr. landgraf. now, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the board of regents and the state of hawaiâ€˜i
i herby confer upon you the degrees and certificates to which you are entitled. graduates, we are about to perform a very, very important symbolic performance of passage from student to graduate. keep your eyes on the faculty marshals who will guide you through the symbolic transition from candidates for a degree or certificate to holder of a degree or certificate. so with your marshals as your guide,
you will now move the tassel on your motorboards from right to left and graduates i know that we have congratulated a lot of, a lot of our graduates who have done a lot of service but there is a group of graduates here who have really given so much service as student leaders of your student government would you raise your hands, ryan, bryanna and any other asuh west oâ€˜ahu officers and student leaders. thank you. so ladies and gentlemen, i present to you university of hawaiâ€˜i west oâ€˜ahu's spring 2016 class.
just one final word of congratulations, congratulations to all of you graduates and on behalf of the university of hawaiâ€˜i west oâ€˜ahu i want to personally thank all of you for joining us and recognizing our students for their tremendous achievements and thank you also to the faculty and staff for your efforts in making this event a success and also i would like to thank haylie culp and marousha moore and leila shimokawa for doing such a wonderful job as our emcees. thank you chancellor ching. graduates, inside your diploma covers there's information on the university of hawaiâ€˜i
alumni association's west oâ€˜ahu chapter. this is a great way to stay connected with your campus and your classmates after graduation. you may greet your graduates in the plaza and on the grass field to my right. to view today's commencement ceremony online, please visit our website at uhwo.hawaii.edu. ladies and gentlemen, this brings our commencement to a close. we do want to give one final congratulations and happy mother's day to all the mothers in the audience. thank you for all you do. will the audience please remain seated until the platform, faculty, staff and students have exited the stage. thank you all and thank you for joining us for this commencement ceremony.