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by Jessica S. McDunn, University Relations


As Kalamalama goes to the printer, HPU conferred associate, baccalaureate, and master degrees on nearly 350 students at its 67th commencement ceremony, August 16, at the Neal Blaisdell Center. For the first time, HPU’s Masters of Education in Secondary Education and Masters of Social Work programs confered degrees on 12 and 18 students respectively, the first graduating classes for these programs. And in another first for an HPU program, MSN graduate Michelle Johnston was the first to earn the Nurse Educator Certificate.

HPU trustee Charles A. Sted, president and CEO of Hawai‘i Pacific Health, delivered the commencement speech. Sted negotiated the merger of Kapi‘olani Health, Straub Clinic & Hospital, and Wilcox Health System into Hawai‘i’s largest health care organization and second largest nongovernmental employer, Hawai‘i Pacific Health, in 2001.

Sted has also served as executive vice president for the Bank of America Hawai‘i, chief financial officer for The Queen’s Health Systems, and partner at Ernst & Young. Currently, he is the endowment chairman for the Boy Scouts of America Western Region, director of the Honolulu Academy of Art, and director of Surf Line Hawai‘i Ltd.

Sted was awarded HPU’s highest accolade, the Fellow of the Pacific Award, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the community and higher education.

Three valedictory speakers, chosen for their outstanding academic performance, made presentations. Veronica Andersson (B.A. in International Relations), a native of Halmstad, Sweden, represented the on-campus baccalaureate degree programs. Heidi Ann Greenberg Karns (Master of Social Work), who grew up in Jamestown, New York, represented the graduate degree programs. And Lt. Robert Calderwood (B.S. in Computer Science), a native of Bellwood, Pennsylvania, represented the military campus programs.



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