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
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