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HPU graduates nearly 1,000 in spring, summer

by Kalamalama staff


More than 600 students in the spring and nearly 400 students in the summer graduated from HPU in its 54th and 55th commencement ceremonies at the Waikiki Shell, according to administrative support staffer Ruby Okano.

Keynote speaker for the May 14 graduation, and recipient of the Fellow of the Pacific Award, was Richard Halloran, New York Times veteran and current columnist on Asia-U.S. relations.

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Three valedictory speakers, representing on-campus, military campus and graduate programs, also made presentations. They were, respectively: Teneal Jones, John Bandy, and Gerald Hofwolt.


Keynote speaker for the summer commencement ceremonies on August 4, graduating nearly 400 students, was Dr. Thomas Farewell, president of Oceanic Institute, which recently bcame an HPU partner.


Summer valedictory speakers included Stacy Thourot of Kahalu‘u for on-campus programs. She received a B.S.B.A. with a major in finance and a minor in entrepreneurial studies. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA.
Military Campus programs valedictorian was William Akridge, formerly of Prince George, Virginia, who also received a B.S.B.A.
Graduate degree programs valedictory speaker Timothy Collins, formerly of Lapeer, Michigan, received a Master of Arts in Diplomacy and Military Studies.
Thourot, who is the mother of two boys, ages 4 and 6, served as vice president and president of the Alpha Chi Honor Society, and was a member of Delta Mu Delta and Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Societies. She led two community-service projects, a library clean-up for Hawaii Literacy, and a teddy-bear giveaway at the Hawaii Nursing Home.
Collins is employed as a private consultant to international development agencies. He works overseas in areas of transition, including active war zones and post-war reconstructive environments and is currently on break from an overseas assignment in Montenegro.
Akridge, an Operation Specialist First Class in Anti-Submarine Warfare Forces, graduated with a BSBAdministration in finance. He is a member of the Alpha Chi and Delta Mu Delta Honor Societies and COMSUBPAC First Class Association.


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