Mrs. Nancy Ellis, then vice president of HPU’s
Student Support Services, delivered the commencement address.
Ellis also received the Fellow of the Pacific Award, the University’s
highest accolade, in recognition of, according to HPU President
Chatt G. Wright, “her outstanding leadership, research,
contribution to higher education, and for her continuing service
and dedication to the community.” Ellis retired from
her Student Support Services position on May 31. She will return
to HPU in the fall as vice president of Community Relations.
Three valedictory speakers, chosen for their outstanding academic
performance, also made presentations. Kelly Collins (B.S. in
Pre Medical Studies), a native of Truckee, Calif., represented
the on-campus baccalaureate degree programs; Han Nee Chong (M.S.
in Communication), who grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, represented
the graduate programs; and William Tischler (B.S. in Computer
Science), who grew up at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines,
represented the military campus programs.