Three valedictory speakers, chosen for outstanding academic
performance and community service, addressed the graduates.
Carmen Nolte, B.A. Literature, represented the on-campus baccalaureate
degree programs; Ki May Tung, M.S. Nursing, represented the
graduate degree programs; and Monica Guy, B.A. Liberal Arts,
represented the military campus programs.
“This award signifies our recognition of Ralph A. Cossa’s
outstanding leadership in the community and salutes his dedication
to the people of Hawai‘i and the Asia Pacific,” said HPU President
Chatt G. Wright.
Cossa is a political/military affairs and national security
specialist with more than 30 years of experience in implementing
U.S. security policy in the Asia-Pacific and Near East-South
regions. He is a board member of the Council on U.S.-Korean
Security Studies and a member of the International Institute
for Strategic Studies (London) and the National Committee on
U.S.-China Relations (N.Y.). He also served on the Asia Foundation’s
Task Force on America’s Role in Asia.
Cossa served in the U.S. Air Force from 1966-1993, achieving
the rank of colonel, and last serving as special assistant to
the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Command. He also served
as deputy director for Strategic Studies at the National Defense
University’s Institute for National Strategic Studies, and earlier
as a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institute
at Stanford University.