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|Three valedictory speakers, chosen for their outstanding
academic performance, made presentations. Melissa Opacic (B.A.
in Psychology), a native of Fair Lawn, N.J., represented the
on-campus baccalaureate degree programs. Anna Dihne (MSIS), who
grew up in Varberg, Sweden, represented the graduate degree programs.
Richard D. DesJardin, Jr. (B.S. in Computer Science), who grew
up in Escanaba, Mich. represented the Military Campus Programs.
Dr. Louanne Kennedy, emeritus provost and vice president for
Academic Affairs at California State University at Northridge,
delivered the commencement speech. She also received the Fellow
of the Pacific Award, the University’s highest accolade,
in recognition of her outstanding contributions and service to
the community and higher education.
Kennedy is a passionate educator who most recently led CSU-Northridge
through 10 years of change and progress. After being elected
by college presidents to the Western Association for Schools
and Colleges regional accreditation commission, she served as
vice chairman of the Commission and then as chairman of the committee
that wrote the new standards now guiding regional accreditation
in California, Hawai‘i, and the Pacific region.
This was Dr. Kennedy’s third visit to the HPU campus, where,
according to Dr. Nancy Hedlund, associate vice president of Assessment
and Planning, she has led meetings and inspired faculty and staff
to set high goals and seek excellence through a dynamic participatory
strategic planning process.
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