Fall 2018 Commencement

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the Pueo Scholars lead us in Mele Honouliuli. The words for this Oli can be found in program
and we encourage you all to join in. [Music: Mele Honouliuli] [Leila Wai Shimokawa] Please be seated. Thank you to Puʻu for composing and leading us in Mele Honouliuli, an oli highlighting our beloved land from the glorious mountain of Palehua to Kapapaapuhi,
the pond that resides by the sea. Special guests, members of the graduating class, parents,
family, and friends, welcome to the Fall 2018 Fall Commencement at the University of Hawaiʻi
– West Oʻahu. And I appreciate you guys for bearing with us with this weather. Consider
it blessings. My name is Leila Wai Shimokawa and I’ll be your co-emcee for today’s
festivities. This is a special occasion, so please silence your cell phones. And now,
may I please welcome to the podium, our Chancellor, Maenette Benham. Mahalo Leila. Welina mai e nā haumāna, nā kumu, nā hoaloha, a me nā ʻohana! Eia kākou ma ka papahana puka kau hāʻule lau no ka makahiki ʻelua kaukani ʻumikūmāwalu.
Welcome students, faculty and staff, friends and family to our Fall 2018 University of
Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu graduation ceremony. Mahalo to each of you for coming to celebrate
this remarkable accomplishment of our graduates on this absolutely blustery beautiful day
with a hug rainbow right behind us. We received a congratulatory message to our graduates from Senator Mazie Hirono of which I will read to you now. Aloha and congratulations
to the University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu class of 2018. I join your family and friends
in recognizing the graduates for reaching this significant milestone. Today’s commencement
ceremony is the culmination of years of classwork, extracurricular activities and other experiences
that helped to shape you. When I was an undergraduate at the University of Hawaiʻi, volunteer and
advocacy opened my eyes to our responsibility to advocate for underserved communities and
the importance of everyone’s voice being heard by our government. These lessons were the
first steps on my path to serve in elected office. While today’s commencement ceremony
marks the completion of your degree, I hope that your graduation is only one milestone
in a lifetime of learning. The education you received at the University of Hawaiʻi will
serve as a strong foundation as you continue to grow and gain experience and knowledge.
I urge each of you to find and pursue your passion as it relates to your professional
career and I would encourage you to make a difference in your own communities. Mahalo
to the administrators, faculty and staff of the University of Hawaiʻi –
West Oʻahu for your dedication in helping these students succeed. Congratulations to
today’s graduates, I look forward to hearing about the accomplishments of the Class of
2018. Sincerely, Mazie K Hirono, United States Senator. [Audience applause] Hoʻomaikaʻi iā ʻoukou, a i mua, e pūpūkahi e nā pōkiʻi! Congratulations
to our graduates it is time for you to sail forward. Thank you Chancellor Benham. And now, in what is a tradition here at UH West Oʻahu, it
is with great pleasure I introduce my co emcee, UH West Oʻahu student Pearlena Stone. Pearlena
is a junior majoring in social sciences with a concentration in Psychology. She received
the Student Volunteer Award, is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success,
a Fellow with the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program, a Mentor for Pueo Leadership, and
was named to the Deans List. She also teaches Zumba class on campus and juggles two on-campus
jobs with the Student Activity Fee Board and with the Chancellor’s Office. She is one of
the many outstanding and inspiring students we are so proud to have on our campus. Please
welcome Pearlena. [Audience applause] Thank you Leila. Aloha. Thank you so much,
I am so proud and so happy to be here today. I have the pleasure to introduce the University
of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu band and the University Chorus who will perform the Star Spangled
Banner and Hawaiʻi Ponoʻi. Please rise. [Music: Star Spangled Banner] [Music Hawaiʻi Ponoʻi] [Leila Wai Shimokawa] Thank you, please be seated. Thank you to the UH West Oʻahu band co-directors, Michael Nakasone and Chad Kamei, and the University
Chorus led by Justin Kaupu. They were also joined by the Kapolei High School hurricane
singers. I’m pleased to introduce our distinguished guests. Please rise as your name is called
and remain standing. Will the audience please withhold your applause until all are recognized. Waipahu High School Principal Keith Hayashi, our keynote speaker. Regent Randy Moore Dr. David Lassner, President of the University
of Hawaiʻi System and interim chancellor at UH Mānoa. Dr. Maenette Benham, Chancellor Dr. Jeffry Moniz, Vice Chancellor for Academic
Affairs Dr. Judy Oliveira, Vice Chancellor for Student
Affairs Dr. Alan Rosenfeld, Associate Vice Chancellor
for Academic Affairs Thomas Hirsbrunner, Chair, UH West Oʻahu Faculty
Senate Dr. Derrek Choy, Chair, Business Division.
Dr. Mary Heller, Chair, Education Division. Dr. Amy Nishimura, Chair, Humanities Division. Dr. Kristina Lu, Chair, Public Administration Division Dr. Mark Hansen, representing the
Social Sciences Division. Dr. Olivia George, Faculty Marshal Dr. Rick Jones, Faculty Marshal Shawna-Leigh Camara, our Student Speaker. Senator Kurt Fevella Senator Clarence Nishihara Representative Henry Aquino Representative Ty Cullen Representative Val Okimoto Representative Amy Perruso Naoto Yoshikawa, Chancellor at Hawaiʻi Tokai International College And Kiran Polk, Kapolei
Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director We are grateful for all that you’ve done
and are glad that you could be here for today’s celebration. Please give them a round of applause. [Leila Wai Shimokawa] We are honored to have with us today, from the UH Board of Regents, Regent Randy Moore.
UH West Oʻahu is so grateful to the Board of Regents for its continued support of our
campus and I would like to invite Regent Moore to the podium. Thank you Leila, President Lassner, Chancellor Benham, faculty, staff, graduates, families
and friends, I’m honored to be a part of today’s momentous occasion. It’s truly
a joyous time and I thank you for inviting me to make comments on behalf of the board
of regents. I congratulate all of you. More than 200 of you sitting on the platform here,
and others that are not here today. Each of you has a different story to share. Some have
navigated unconventional routes, to be the first in your family to get a college degree.
Many have juggled full schedules, balancing school, work, and family. Others embraced
their college experience, filling their plates with a slate of extracurricular activities.
Many took advantage of UH West Oʻahu’s online offerings to complete your degree requirements.
All will soon share one common trait, you will all be proud graduates of the University
of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu. We honor you as we celebrate your perseverance and commitment
to achieving your goals. On behalf of the board of regents, I extend to all of you our
congratulations and warm wishes for the future and a special thanks to all of those who made
it possible for you to obtain a baccalaureate degree. Mahalo. [Audience applause] Mahalo Regent Moore, that was very inspirational. And now, I’d like to call upon UH System
President and UH Mānoa Interim Chancellor David Lassner, to give the greetings from
the University of Hawaiʻi System. Aloha kakahiaka, good morning, and welcome
to a fabulous Kapolei day. The rain has cleared the wind is keeping us cool, it really couldn’t
be better. To our distinguished guests, thank you for your support of UH West Oʻahu. This
is a campus that’s truly embedded in the community and your support means everything
to us. To the faculty who have made this possible, it’s an amazing day I know for all of us
who work in a University. This is truly, well for UH West Oʻahu, one of the two best days
of the year. There’s another good one coming up in the Spring, when we all get to see the
fruits of the labor and understand why all that we do is so worth while. And most of
all to the students, this is a special day for you I know, and on behalf of the UH System
I want to welcome you also, not just to the family of UH West Oʻahu graduates, but to
the family of University of Hawaiʻi graduates. We’re a system of 10 campuses across the
state. Just, as a show of hands, how many of you have attended classes at a community
college or other UH campus? And you can see the role that all of our campuses play in
educating the people of Hawaiʻi, and how many of think you might go onto graduate school
perhaps at another campus? So you can see we stay in the family once we start. So let
me just ask one thing of you today, I ask a lot of you for the rest of your lives, but
for today only, the people who are gathered here today, these are the people who made
it possible for you to be here today and they’re celebrating with you, your parents, your aunties,
your uncles, your grandparents, for some of you your children, who have really helped
you succeed so how about if you give a round of applause for all of them. [Audience applause] [President David Lassner] Mahalo to you all and thank you for joining us on this wonderful wonderful day. [Audience applause] Mahalo President Lassner and thank you reminding us the importance of believing that
we are truly one big ʻohana. Now I would like to invite Chancellor Benham back to the podium
to introduce our keynote speaker, Principal Keith Hayashi. I am honored to introduce our Fall 2018 Graduation Speaker, Principal Keith Hayashi, who has
served as principal at Waipahu High School since 2009. He is responsible for the implementation
of the school’s academic and financial plans, and meeting the educational, social, and emotional
needs of nearly 2,700 students. Principal Hayashi served as Interim Deputy Superintendent
in 2017 and is a former Complex Area Superintendent for the Pearl City–Waipahu Complex Area.
In 2013, he was recognized with the Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award.
And, in 2014, he was named Hawaiʻi’s High School Principal of the Year. A graduate,
go bulldogs, of Kaimuki High School he earned a bachelor and two masters of education degrees,
in educational administration and in curriculum and instruction from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He is a good friend, a community
leader and supporter of University of Hawaiʻi. Representative Ty Cullen shared that, “Principal
Hayashi is able to partner with leaders in the community and State that benefit the students
of Waipahu High School, in ways that go well beyond the classroom.” Indeed, Principal
Hayashi helped to establish the Department of Education’s Early College program which
allows students to earn college credit through University of Hawaiʻi campuses while simultaneously
working towards their high school diplomas. I asked a UH West Oʻahu student and Chancellor’s
Scholarship recipient, Leeann Aira Villanueva, A graduate of Waipahu High School Class of
2018, Valedictorian and Early College Olympian, and recently I understand she spoke at Governor
Ige’s inaugural celebration dinner. I asked her to share her thoughts about you Principal
Hayashi, and she said: Principal Hayashi truly is a great leader. He is one of the reasons
why Waipahu High School is thriving, and, just like me, students have many successful
experiences. He continuously ensures Great opportunities — especially with his strong
support for the Early College Program. It has become a platform for me and other students
to achieve higher education. The opportunities, skills, knowledge, and success I obtained
would have not been possible without his strong dedication to student learning. I am forever
grateful for all the things he does for students like myself. Principal Keith Hayashi, you
are a person for whom your students, faculty, staff and community partners gather strength
and courage. Your generosity and care has touched the minds and spirits of your students,
many of them sitting up here, leaving them with indelible memories, indicative of the
lifelong influence that a teacher can have. It is truly a privilege and honor to
invite, a leader of learners, to share his thoughts with us today, Principal Keith Hayashi. [Audience applause] Thank you Chancellor Benham. Aloha and good morning. President Lassner, Regent Moore, Chancellor
Benham, faculty, staff, special guests, family and friends, and students of the Fall graduating
class of 2018! I am truly honored to have been asked to address this graduating class
and I hope my message will help us celebrate this momentous occasion. Many of us think
of graduation day, or commencement , as a day that marks the end of our studies at UH
West Oʻahu. While it is true that this day is the culmination of many years of studying,
personal sacrifice and perseverance, commencement also means “to begin” or “start.”
How then, shall we begin? Let’s begin by committing to using all of what
you’ve learned to strengthening and making a positive difference in the lives of others
in our communities. Graduates, please close your eyes and think
back to that very first day that you attended the University of Hawaiʻi at West Oʻahu. Who
were you? What did you know? What did you believe in? Now fast forward to today. Open
your eyes. How have you grown? I’m confident that you have.
We owe a great amount of gratitude to all of your instructors, whose commitment can
be found in their patience and dedication to your learning and intellectual growth.
Indeed, it is their commitment to this UH West Oʻahu community, to you, that brings them
here this morning, to celebrate your achievements and your graduation, your “commencement”.
I encourage you to begin the path to service, by applauding them for their tireless support
and heartfelt encouragement. Can we please give them a hand. [Audience applause] As mentioned earlier, it was also those family members and friends that are here today, and your fellow graduates,
that supported you, in giving to you, in your journey.
Whether you are graduating with a degree in Applied Sciences, Business Administration,
Education, Humanities, Public Administration, or Social Sciences, we as educators will have
failed if you “commence” your associated profession in the absence of a commitment
to making a difference in the lives of others, and our communities.
The pursuit of secondary and post-secondary education involves more than academic credentialing,
skill development and knowledge. While it is true that these abilities may help us
find a job and establish our livelihood, let us ask a more fundamental question of, “How
can your discipline help to improve the lives of others in our communities?”
In fact, the fundamental question that we were asked as children, “What do you want
to be when you grow up.” Do you remember that? Has since evolved to “What kinds of
problems do you want to solve?”, as the latter focuses on our sense of purpose, or
giving back. For me, I wanted to help children, so I began
my career as a first grade teacher. And let me tell you, I learned a lot about myself
working with a classroom full of 5 and 6 year olds; the importance of patience, of listening,
empathy, and building a sense of community in our classroom were all important attributes
that I worked to get better at. Next, I moved on to 6th grade and, those same attributes
patience, of being a good listener, empathy, and community building were still just as
important for those older students. Later, I accepted a literacy position as a district
resource teacher, and it was there that I was fortunate to meet dedicated teachers and
administrators in the Leeward District. I worked with schools from Pearl City to Waianae,
and was inspired by those school leaders who were determined to make a difference, not
only for their schools and their students, but their entire communities. They were good
listeners, they’re empathetic, and they valued people. They inspired me to pursue
school administration, to strive to make a difference on a larger scale. I’ve been
fortunate to serve as a school administrator at Waipahu Intermediate, Waipahu Elementary,
as an Area Superintendent, and currently as principal of Waipahu High School. And although
the collective experiences have helped me to grow professionally and personally, that
first grade class help to lay the foundation for me: in patience, listening, being empathetic
and the importance of building positive relationships. We must remember our beginnings and those who helped us throughout our journey, and to continually
refocus on our purpose. Never lose sight of purpose.
Now as a public school principal responsible for ensuring that our students are educated
by well-prepared teachers, those who embrace our common values and are knowledgeable about
our local communities, I’m excited that there are wonderful partnerships established
with UH West Oʻahu together with our high schools on the west side. For example, innovative
programs like Early College 2.0 is growing. Through the support of Chancellor Benham,
high school students are able to participate in a vertically articulated curriculum in
creative media where students leverage their Early College credits, and gain direct entry
into UH West Oʻahu’s prestigious creative media program as college juniors upon graduating
from high school. It’s these kinds of programs that support our evolving workforce, capable
of addressing the demands of our 21st century economy.
As a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu, you are all truly special, and you
have been prepared to make a difference. Take what you’ve learned here, your skills and
knowledge together with your experiences in life, and with this “commencement”, dedicate
yourselves to making a positive difference in supporting those in your communities. Reach
out and make the changes that you’re inspired to do. Persevere! As Mahatma Ghandi shared,
“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Congratulations and best wishes for a bright and rewarding future. Thank you. [Audience applause] Mahalo Principal Hayashi. I personally have seen what your program has done at Waipahu
High School so congratulations, thank you. Now Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs,
Dr. Jeffrey Moniz, will recognize the candidates for graduation with distinction and honor. The University is proud of those students who are graduating with distinction. Based
on a 4-point scale, these candidates have earned a minimum grade point average of 3.75
and have completed at least 30 credits at UH West Oʻahu. You will find the names of
these outstanding students marked with an asterisk in your program. Will all those graduating
with distinction and wearing a red cord rise or raise your hand? [Audience applause] Please remain standing or your hand up if your able. In addition, the graduating
class includes several members who were selected for national honor societies such as Alpha
Phi Sigma, Alpha Kappa Delta, Lambda Alpha, Psi Chi, Sigma Tau Delta, Golden Key International
Honour Society, and Kappa Delta Pi. To symbolize this achievement these students are adorned
with cords of various colors, pins or medallions. Will those students please rise or raise your
hand? Please keep standing or keep your hand raised
too. We would now like to recognize the student marshals. These students’ academic achievements
have resulted in their selection to assist their fellow candidates during the commencement ceremony. Will the student marshals wearing a red and white cord symbolizing their service
to UH West Oʻahu please rise or raise your hand? We would like to call upon those students who have augmented their studies by participating in Service Learning, those with the Service
Learning Red Stole, please rise or raise your hand Iʻm excited to announce that we have
13 distance education students for graduation who flew in from Hawaiʻi Island, Kauaʻi,
Lanai, Maui and Molokaʻi to be a part of todayʻs celebration! Please rise or raise
your hand! Stay up or keep them up we’re almost done.
Next, We would like to recognize those students who served in various capacities on our Chartered Student Organizations, including the Associated Students of UH West Oʻahu, Campus Center Board, Student Media Board, and Student Activity Board. Thank you for fostering our thriving
student life. Please rise or raise your hand. Finally, Last, but certainly not least, we would like to recognize our student veterans and thank them for their service. For those veterans, including those in the audience, please rise or raise your hand. Audience, please join me in one more round of applause for all of these distinguished individuals
and their accomplishments. Thank you all. You may be seated. [Pearlena Stone] Thank you Dr. Moniz. Wasn’t that chicken skin? And now Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Dr. Judy Oliveira, will introduce
my friend, who’s also the student speaker. Aloha, I am honored to introduce our student
speaker, Shawna-Leigh Camara who until this moment kept it as a surprise for her family. So congratulations to her family that I believe is sitting right there, so if we could clap
for them too. Shawna-Leigh is graduating with a degree in Social Science, with a concentration
in Psychology. She says that “UH West Oʻahu has some of the most caring, knowledgeable,
and respectable people in the world. Not only are you treated as if you matter, but you
are also treated like you belong. As a student, I was able to develop inside and outside of
the classroom because of the people at UH West Oʻahu.” The Waialua High School graduate
served as a Mentor and Program Member for PUEO Leadership, Event Coordinator for Student
Activity Fee Board, ASUH West Oʻahu Senator, and a NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program
Fellow. In addition to all of these activities, five months ago she welcomed daughter Amelia.
Please welcome Shawna-Leigh! Thank you Judy. Good morning, Chancellor Benham,
Vice Chancellors, Distinguished Guests, Family, and Friends, thank you for being here today
to help us celebrate the Fall 2018 graduating class. My name is Shawna-Leigh Camara and
I am honored to be this semester’s student speaker.
When I first began my journey here at the University of Hawaiʻi at West Oʻahu in 2014,
I believed that college was the only option I had to better my future. I imagined what
a degree from an institution would provide me and how it would make me successful. Being
a first-generation student and one of the first in my family to receive a college degree,
I’d have every single bragging right. I’d suddenly become the favorite child. The smartest
one too. It would be all about me and all about my successes. No one and I mean no one
would be able to take that away from me. Little did I know, four years later as I reflect
on my journey leading up to this very moment, my reasons for attending college and life
itself have changed. I traded in my self-centered and egotistic beliefs for something—or more
importantly, someone. Someone who has blessed me in so many unanticipated ways. Just five months ago I became a mother to a sweet little girl named Amelia and I have learned that
being a mother is much like being a student. Why? Because there is always room for growth
and chances to learn. Here at UH West Oʻahu, I have attended classes with Amelia, even nursing
her through a number of Anthropology classes with Dr. Mello. I have brought her along with
me when participating in campus events like Splash Bash, Family Movie Night, and E Ola
Pono. Last month, I had the special opportunity to bring her to a national conference in California
where she sat with me through presentations and workshops.
Having Amelia with me while being a student has opened my eyes to understanding the purpose
for attending UH West Oʻahu. My education is no longer just about me and my bragging
rights once I graduate; I see the last four years as a step toward improving the lives
of those, like Amelia, who will come after me. As I look around today, I see our Kūpuna—our
elders—and our ʻohana—families—with pride in their eyes and joy in their hearts
as they eagerly wait for the moment when we get our diplomas and head out to be embraced
by the warmth of their love. I also see children, some running and playing and others sitting
bored out of their minds not realizing that one day they’d be sitting in special seats
like these, waiting to receive their degrees as well. But most importantly, I really see…and
realize now, four years later, that attending college is not just for the betterment of
my future but for the betterment of our people. We will pave pathways on which our children
will have opportunities to learn, grow, and continue to empower generations who will come
after them. To my fellow graduates, consider all the hard
work and sacrifices we, our friends, and our family have put into these past years that
allow us to be graduating today. Know that our education has a purpose beyond the recognition
and successes we may personally receive. We have the knowledge to improve the future of
our school, communities, and homes here in Hawaiʻi. More importantly, we can be of service
to the future generations, like Amelia, who follow in our footsteps. Enjoy this moment…but
tomorrow, begin a journey that will better life for ourselves, our friends and families, and our communities. Congratulations Class of 2018! Thank you. [Leila Wai Shimokawa] I think Amelia was in our most recent UH West Oʻahu commercial? Weren’t you pregnant with her? Shawna-Leigh was very very patient
and walking back and forth. Thank you Shawna-Leigh. Now, UH West Oʻahu Faculty Senate Chair,
Thomas Hirsbrunner, will give the final salutation to the graduates on behalf of the faculty. Thank you Leila. Good morning and Aloha. It
is a real honor to stand before this beautiful gathering of our community to wish our graduates
congratulations on behalf of the faculty of UH West Oʻahu. 23 years ago when I graduated
with my bachelor’s degree, I could never imagine that I would be standing here today
addressing you all. My goal at that time was to find a law school that would accept me,
get in, get out, and then go on to be an attorney to right all the wrongs in the world. And
I did that, rather I did a scaled down version of that. I did not right all the wrongs in
the world, but I did right a few and those accomplishments were meaningful and transformative
for both my clients and me. Coming to UH West Oʻahu, working with students with disabilities,
teaching law, being chair of the Faculty Senate, making a commencement speech, was never really
part of the plan, or at least not in the beginning. So why am I standing here talking about me?
When this day is about you, the graduates. It’s because I want you to think beyond
your initial goals. Be ready to reach higher when your opportunity comes and do not ever
doubt yourself or your ability to achieve something greater than you initially thought
possible. As a student of law and government and politics, I’ve heard many speeches.
Some inspiring, some not so much. But one has stuck with me because I found part of
it so inspiring. And I won’t share who gave it or when, because politics is so divisive
today. But from that speech I want to quote a short poem that was resided about vision,
courage, reaching high, and taking risks. “I’m tired of sailing my little boat far
inside the harbor bar. I want to go out where the big ships float, out on the deep where
the great ones are. And should my frail craft prove too slight, for the waves that sweep
those billows orb, I’d rather go down in the stirring fight, then drowse to death at
the sheltered shore.” Graduates, it’s your time to set a course for the deep water,
where the big ships are. You may not get there right away, but stay the course. When you
see an opportunity of the horizon, take it. Change course if you need to. If someone is
blocking you, telling you to stay in your lane, get in the passing lane and go around
them. Somehow find a way through. By earning this degree, you have proven that you have
what it takes to achieve great things. You have connected the dots, navigated through
admissions, advising, registration, financial aid, Laulima, and math class. And here we
are at your commencement. As Principal Hayashi said, the word commencement does not mean
an ending, but rather a beginning. And I feel like I can speak on behalf of everyone here
when I say we cannot wait to see where your journey will lead. So today enjoy your time
with your family and friends, celebrate your achievement, and on Monday it’s back to work. Again, on behalf of the UH West Oʻahu Faculty, the world class UH West Oʻahu Faculty,
I say congratulations and Aloha. [Leila Wai Shimokawa] Thank you, Chair Hirsbrunner. We will now proceed with the awarding of academic degrees and certificates. I would like to call Dr. Jan Javinar and Dr. Loea Akiona , from Student Affairs, to the podium to present the candidates
for degrees and certificates. Will Regent Moore, President Lassner, Chancellor Benham,
and Vice Chancellor Moniz please come to the stage. Will the candidates for the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Bachelor of Applied Sciences degrees please rise and come forward. And will Business Division chair, Dr. Derrek Choy, please join the reception line. [Break in program as graduates line up] [Conferring Bachelor of Arts in Business and Applied Sciences degrees to graduate candidates] Congratulations Business and Applied Sciences candidates and you may be seated. [Audience applause] Will the candidates for the Bachelors of Education degree please rise and come forward. and may I ask Education Division Chair Dr. Mary Heller to join the reception line. [Break in program as graduates line up] [Conferring Bachelors degree in Education to graduate candidates] Congratulations, Education candidates! [Audience applause] Please be seated. Will the candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities please rise and come forward. And will Humanities Division Chair Dr. Amy Nishimura please join the reception line. [Break in program as graduates line up] [Conferring Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities to graduate candidates] Congratulations, Humanities candidates! [Audience applause] You may be seated. Will the candidates for the Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration please rise and come forward. And will the Division Chair for Public Administration, Dr. Kristina Lu, please join the reception line. [Break in program as graduates line up] [Conferring Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration degree to graduate candidates] Congratulations Public Administration candidates and you may be seated. [Audience applause] Will the candidates for the Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences please rise and come forward. And will the Division Representative for Social Sciences, Dr. Mark Hansen please join the reception line. [Break in program as graduates line up] [Conferring Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences to graduate candidates] Congratulations Bachelor of Arts and Social Science candidates. You may be seated. [Audience applause] And the receiving line may be seated also. May I ask Chancellor Benham and Vice Chancellor Moniz back to the podium. And will our faculty marshals, Drs Olivia George and Rick Jones please take your positions at the front, center stage. [Chancellor Maenette Benham] The faculty commencement marshal is a duty of honor and distinction. Our faculty marshals were selected because of their significant achievements. Dr. Jones was recently elected to be the next president of the National Earth Science Teachers Association. He also recently received a $638,100 Office of Naval Research grant to create the Veterans Empowered Through STEM (VETS) program on our campus. [Audience applause] Dr. George was selected as UH West Oʻahu’s IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence Junior Investigator. Her research program provides student opportunities within STEM. Congratulations to both our faculty marshals, and thank you for your contributions to our campus! [Audience applause] Will all the candidates for the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration, the Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, as well as the students who are candidates for certificates, please rise. [Audience applause] Chancellor Benham, it gives me great pleasure to present you these candidates. They have completed their prescribed courses of study and are recommended by the faculty for the award of the appropriate degrees and certificates. [Chancellor Maenette Benham] By virtue of the authority vested in me by the Board of Regents and the State of Hawaiʻi, I hereby confer upon you the degrees and certificates to which you are entitled. [Audience applause] Graduates: This is a very important symbolic rite of passage from student to graduate. Keep your eyes on the faculty marshals who will guide you through the symbolic transition from candidates for a degree or certificate to holder of a degree or certificate. With your marshals as your guide, you will now move the tassel on your mortar boards from right to left. [Audience cheering] Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu’s Fall 2018 Class Graduates. [Audience applause] Congratulations UH West Oʻahu graduates!!! [Leila Wai Shimokawa] Thank you Chancellor Benham. I would like to give special recognition to my co-emcee Pearlena Stone, as well as another student – Abbie Reed, who created the floral arrangements. Ladies and gentlemen, this brings our commencement to a close. Will the audience please remain at your seats until the platform party, faculty and students have exited. You may greet your graduates in the plaza and the grass field to my right after they exit. To view today’s commencement ceremony online, please visit our website at westoahu.hawaii.edu. Thank you again for coming and congratulations graduates! [Music: UH West Oʻahu Band playing in background]

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