Earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
wasn’t enough for one HPU graduate.
When Jessica Robinson walked across the stage at the Waikiki
Shell to receive her diploma at the winter 2005 commencement
ceremony, she wasn’t only handed her degree. She was also
given congratulatory wishes from thousands of miles away.
Jessica’s husband, Chief Warrant Officer-2 John Robinson
has been stationed in Bagram, Afghanistan, as a helicopter pilot
for Company B, 214th Aviation Regiment since March 2004, and
is scheduled to return home in March 2005. Knowing he wouldn’t
be able to attend Jessica’s graduation, he contacted HPU
to present her a special folder when Jessica walked across the
stage. In it was a personal message from him.
Jessica, I am unable to be there tonight, but I am with you always,” her
This degree is something you gave yourself. It is something that
no one can take from you…. Congratulations!”
Jessica cried when she saw what her husband had done for
He couldn’t be here, and he knows I wanted him to be here,” she
said. “He told me he was here in my heart. It was a sweet
The Robinsons were finally able to connect the day
after the ceremony. Jessica said she plans to frame
letter along with her diploma.