UH Manoa to celebrate spring 2006 commencement

Visiting professor James Horton will address graduates at two scheduled ceremonies May 14, 2006

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Jim Manke, (808) 956-6099
UH Manoa Chancellor's Office
Posted: May 2, 2006

The University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa will hold two spring semester commencement ceremonies this month on Sunday, May 14, 2006. Nearly 1,400 undergraduates are eligible to receive bachelor‘s degrees at the program beginning at 9:00 a.m. Later in the day, beginning at 3:00 p.m., advanced degrees and post-baccalaureate certificates will be awarded. Some 962 master‘s and doctoral candidates and 53 secondary education students have finished their work in two dozen fields. The ceremonies will be held at the lower campus Stan Sheriff Center.

Serving as keynote speaker for both ceremonies is James Horton, Benjamin Banneker Professor of American Studies and History at George Washington University. He is also Director of the Afro-American Communities Project of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution. Professor Horton teaches in the UH Manoa Department of American Studies each spring semester.

(More information about Professor Horton may be found on the Web at:

Jadie Goo, a graduating senior who will receive her bachelor‘s degree in Travel Industry Management, will speak on behalf of the spring 2006 graduating class at the 9:00 a.m. program. She came to the university from Nanjing, China, and has found her experience as a student here to be "enriching and full of opportunities." She will begin working at the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority after graduation.

Also receiving recognition during the ceremony will be Regents‘ Scholars Kapalaiʻula De Silva, Brandon Hanagami, Scott Harada, Tracy Lyn Higa, Carline Higaki, Reina Horikawa, Chad Kawakami, Jill Kobashigawa, Rena Long, Iris Shoko Nagamine, Dawn Nakagawa, Malia Saavedra, Lisa Tanikawa and Barry Yasuka.

Presidential Scholars graduating this month are: Benjamin Gouldthorpe, Marcus Iwane, Alice Kim, Tracey Kubota, Jeanne Turner and Tasha Valenzuela.

The Board of Regents established the Regents‘ and Presidential Scholarships in 1987 as the university‘s first full scholarships based solely on academic excellence and reserved for Hawaiʻi‘s best high school and community college students.

Doors to the Stan Sheriff Center will open at 8:00 a.m. for the undergraduate ceremony and at 2:00 p.m.for the advanced degree ceremony. Both events are free and open to the public. No tickets are issued, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Balloons and strollers are not allowed inside the Stan Sheriff Center.

Free parking will be available in the lower campus parking structure, which will open at 6:00 a.m. there will be no shuttle service from upper campus parking lots. Friends and family members may greet graduates following the ceremony at Les Murakami Stadium. Authorized lei vendors will be located in front of the stadium.

There will be a live webcast of the ceremony. For information on the webcast and further details about the commencement ceremony, visit http://manoa.hawaii.edu/commencement.

For more information, visit: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/commencement