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by Kalamalama staff


Recently re-elected Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann will address graduates at Hawai‘i Pacific University’s 71st Commencement Ceremony to be held January 14. Nearly 500 students are anticipated to graduate, and about 5,000 attendees are expected at the winter ceremony, according to University Relations specialist Crystale Lopez.

Hannemann is the past recipient of the Fellow of the Pacific Award, the University’s highest accolade for outstanding leadership, research, contributions to higher education, and service and dedication to the community“I am honored to have the opportunity to stand before the HPU class of 2008,” Hannemann said. “Graduation is a significant milestone where a group of men and women not only walk across the stage but also out into the world on to greatness.”

Following a career in business and government, Hannemann was elected the 12th mayor of the City and County of Honolulu in January 2005. He is Honolulu’s first native-born mayor in almost 40 years.

Hannemann has the distinction of serving in the administrations of four U.S. Presidents: Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. Before his election to mayor, he held posts as director of Hawai‘i’s Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; chief of the state’s Office of International Relations; and chairman of the Honolulu City Council.
Hannemann is a graduate of Iolani School and a Harvard University cum laude alumnus. He won a Fulbright Scholarship to study at Victoria University in New Zealand.




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