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by Jessica S. McDunn, University Relations


HPU celebrated its 65th commencement ceremony Jan. 10 at the Waikiki Shell by conferring associate, baccalaureate, and master degrees to nearly 600 students, including nearly 100 Nursing program graduates, the second largest nursing graduating class ever for the HPU program.

Dr. Alissa Arp, HPU vice president for research and dean of the College of Natural Sciences, delivered the commencement address. She was presented 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.

Three valedictory speakers, chosen for their outstanding academic performance, made presentations during the ceremony. Kyle Galdeira (B.A. in Journalism), of Kailua, a Kamehameha Schools graduate and editor of Kalamalama, represented the on-campus baccalaureate degree programs.

Kathleen Wilson (M.B.A. in Marketing), who grew up in Pasadena, Calif., currently HPU’s Military Campus Programs scheduling coordinator, represented the graduate degree programs.

Master Chief Petty Officer Ace S. Tufu (B.S.B.A. in Human Resource Management), a native of American Samoa, represented the Military Campus Programs.


Kyle Galdeira

Photos by Steven Lum

Alissa Arp

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