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by Kalamalama staff


HPU conferred associate, baccalaureate, and master degrees to nearly 575 students as the University celebrated its 68th commencement ceremony Jan. 9, at the Waikiki Shell. HPU’s Nursing Program conferred bachelor and master degrees to more than 125 students, its largest graduating class ever.

Singer and actor Jim Nabors was presented the Fellow of the Pacific Award, the University’s highest accolade, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the community.

Hawai‘i Pacific Health President and CEO Charles A. Sted, a trusteee of the University, delivered the commencement speech.

Three valedictory speakers, chosen for their outstanding academic performance, made presentations during the ceremony. Jaclyn Petrus (B.A. Psychology), a native of Kahalu‘u and a Punahou graduate, represented the on-campus baccalaureate degree programs. Kellie Peterson (M.A. Communication), who grew up in Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i, represented the graduate degree programs. First Sgt. Ivan Thompson (B.A. Justice Administration), a native of Jacksonville, North Carolina, represented the military campus programs.



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