UH Manoa Spring 2004 Commencement Exercises

University of Hawaiʻi
Kristen Cabral, (808) 956-5039
Public Information Officer
Allison Chung, (808) 956-2501
Public Relations Coordinator
Posted: May 12, 2004

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Spring 2004 Commencement Exercises will be held on Sunday, May 16, at the Stan Sheriff Center, with the Undergraduate Ceremony scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and the Advanced Degree Ceremony to follow at 3 p.m. There are more than 2,100 candidates for undergraduate and advanced degrees this semester.

Doors to the Stan Sheriff Center will open at 8 a.m. for the undergraduate ceremony and 2 p.m. for the advanced degree ceremony. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. An overflow crowd is expected, and doors will be closed once the arena has reached full capacity. There will be no entry or re-entry allowed at that point, and people will be directed to Les Murakami Stadium where the ceremony will be broadcast via closed-circuit television.

Graduates, their families, and friends are urged to arrive in sufficient time for the prompt start of the program and to expect traffic congestion in the area. Shuttle service will be available from upper campus parking areas to the Stan Sheriff Center. There are a limited number of parking stalls available. Those needing disability parking/special accommodations are advised to arrive early. No balloons or strollers are allowed inside the Stan Sheriff Center.

The undergraduate ceremony is expected to last approximately three hours. Following the ceremony, friends and family members may greet graduates with last names A-M at Les Murakami Stadium and last names N-Z at the Soccer Field. The advanced degree ceremony is expected to last approximately two hours, and friends and family members may meet all graduates at Les Murakami Stadium following the ceremony. Authorized lei vendors will be located in front of Les Murakami Stadium.

Vaimana Conner, president of the Associated Students of the University of Hawaiʻi (ASUH) and a candidate for the bachelor of arts degree in political science, will serve as the student speaker for the undergraduate ceremony.

David Cole, president and CEO of Maui Land & Pineapple, Inc. and UH alumnus, will deliver the keynote address at the undergraduate commencement ceremony. Cole, who is also chairman of Sunnyside Farms, LLC., and chairman of Twin Farms Resort (Vermont), will also be receiving an honorary degree at the ceremony. David Mathews, president and CEO of the Kettering Foundation, will give the keynote address at the advanced degree commencement ceremony.

There are 1,346 baccalaureate degree candidates for the undergraduate ceremony, and 703 advanced degree candidates, which includes 524 master‘s degrees, 42 PhD, 70 JD, 64 MD, three ArchD, and 63 post-baccalaureate certificate in secondary education candidates.

Among the graduates that are candidates for honors are Albert Alamodin, Agnes Y. Bahng, Carolyn J. M. Berger, Sherie L. Char, Kimberly D. Eckmann, Annie Fukushima, Esme A. Hammerle, Natasha M. L. N. Loo, Derek R. Matsumoto, Malia K. Noyes, Graeme Reed, Melissa Rota, Heidi M. Y. Sakuma, John S. Toma, Kelly J. Warren, Amanda Weindl, Sally S. White, and Leah Young

Also among the graduates are Regents Scholars Andrew Kealiʻikualani Frazer Akahi, Kyle F. Chun, Malika Margaret Dudley, Mitchell J. Ho, Jason Choo Shun Kuan, Heather Eiko Mei Larn Liu, Kimberly Elizabeth Saito, Nicole Elizabeth Schorn, Karina Rose Summer, Stephen Soo-Yong Sung, Garrett S. Taira, and Eleen Ann Trang, and Presidential Scholars Albert P. Alamodin, Amber Elissa Caracol, Christopher Allen Luke, Mary A. Meyers, Graeme Reed, Knewton Kazunori Sakata, Kimm Marie Teruya, and Mary Vorsino.

For more information about UH Mānoa commencement ceremonies, visit www.uhm.hawaii.edu/commencement.