Graduation Ceremony

Valedictory Speakers

Spring 2013 valedictory speakers

HPU President Geoffrey Bannister (third from left) meets with valedictory speakers Anthony Corey, John Hansen and Hannah Tsunemoto.

Three outstanding students, exemplifying a combination of academic excellence and community service, are selected as valedictory speakers for each Hawai'i Pacific University graduation ceremony. These students are chosen to represent the University's on-campus undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and the Military Campus programs.

We are pleased to present an archive of available valedictory speeches. The following students have been chosen as valedictory speakers since 1995:

Spring 2013 Commencement

Fall 2012 Commencement

  • Xiaofan Cui, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Undergraduate Degree Programs)
  • Landrita L. Haith, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Military Campus Programs)
  • Robert W. Kinslow, Master of Arts in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development (Graduate Degree Programs)

Spring 2012 Commencement

Fall 2011 Commencement

  • Harald Rittersbacher, Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology and a minor in International Studies (Undergraduate Degree Programs)
  • Devin Kibler, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Military Campus Programs)
  • Courtney T.K. Matsuki, Master of Arts in Communication with a certificate in Mediation and Conflict (Graduate Degree Programs)

Spring 2011 Commencement

  • Chih-Wei Chang, Bachelor of Science (Undergraduate Degree Programs)
  • Curtis Popp, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Military Campus Programs)
  • Gintare Janulaityte, Master of Arts in Diplomacy and Military Studies (Graduate Degree Programs)

Fall 2010 Commencement

Spring/Summer 2010 Commencement

Fall 2009-Winter 2010 Commencement

  • Sara Ortiz, Bachelor of Arts (Undergraduate Degree Programs)
  • Marcus Lewis, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Military Campus Programs)
  • Cara Mizue, Master of Education (Graduate Degree Programs)

Spring 2009 Commencement

  • Andrew Kekoa Abordonado, Bachelor of Arts (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Programs)
  • Jigna Upadhyay, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Military Campus Programs)
  • Derek Baughman, Master of Business Administration (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Winter 2009 Commencement

  • Thomas Bratton Whitney, Bachelor of Science (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree programs)
  • Sabrina Nodine, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Military Campus Programs)
  • Dustin Lopiccolo, Master of Science in Information Systems (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Winter 2008 Commencement

  • Jaclyn Petrus, Bachelor of Arts (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Programs)
  • Ivan Thompson, Bachelor of Arts (Military Campus Programs)
  • Kellie Peterson, Master of Arts in Communication (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Summer 2007 Commencement

Spring 2007 Commencement

  • Rachel Brown, Bachelor of Arts (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Programs)
  • Steven William Carruthers, Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)
  • Jason Puckett, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Military Campus Programs)

Winter 2007 Commencement

Summer 2006 Commencement

  • Laura Smith, Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Progams)
  • Rhiannon O'Halloran-Waddell, Bachelor of Arts in History (Military Campus Programs)
  • Jeremy DiMaio, Master of Arts in Human Resource Management (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Spring 2006 Commencement

  • Stacy Trinh, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Progams)
  • Jay Lewis, Bachelor of Science (Military Campus Programs)
  • Florian Rouch, Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Summer 2005 Commencement

  • Melissa Opacic, Bachelor of Arts (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Progams)
  • Richard David DesJardin Jr., Bachelor of Science (Military Campus Programs)
  • Ann Yvonne Dihne, Master of Science in Information Systems (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Spring 2005 Commencement

  • Kelly Collins, Bachelor of Science (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Progams)
  • William Tischler, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Military Campus Programs)
  • Han Nee Chong, Master of of Arts in Communication (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Winter 2005 Commencement

  • Mark Brahler, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Military Campus Programs)
  • Daniel Wagner, Bachelor of Science (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Progams)
  • Malia Smith, Master of of Arts in Communication (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Summer 2004 Commencement

  • Katrina Peace, Bachelor of Arts (Military Campus Programs)
  • Patricia Synphias, Bachelor of Arts (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Programs)
  • Amanda Peeni, Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Spring 2004 Commencement

  • Stephane Castonguay, Bachelor of Arts (Military Campus Programs)
  • Claes Insulander, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Programs)
  • Tatiana Parent, Master of Arts in Diplomacy and Military Studies (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Winter 2004 Commencement

  • Scott Bainton, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Military Campus Programs)
  • Michael Glod, Bachelor of Arts (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Programs)
  • DesaRae Atnip, Master of Arts in Communication (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Summer 2003 Commencement

  • William Akridge, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Military Campus Programs)
  • Stacy Thourot, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Programs)
  • Timothy Collins, Master of Arts in Diplomacy and Military Studies (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Spring 2003 Commencement

  • John R. Bandy, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Military Campus Programs)
  • Teneal M. Jones, Bachelor of Arts (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Programs)
  • Gerald L. Hofwolt, Masters of Business Administration (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Winter 2003 Commencement

  • Monica Guy, Bachelor of Arts (Military Campus Programs)
  • Carmen Nolte, Bachelor of Arts (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Progams)
  • Ki May Tung, Master of Science in Nursing (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Summer 2002 Commencement

  • Marc William Ratkus, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Military Campus Programs)
  • Jeffrey Scott Colwell, Bachelor of Arts (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Progams)
  • Ralf Mitteregger, Master of Business Administration (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Spring 2002 Commencement

  • Brian K. Thompson, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Military Campus Programs)
  • Shaun K. H. Tateishi, Bachelor of Arts (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Progams)
  • Deniz Karacaoglu, Master of Science in Information Systems (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Winter 2002 Commencement

  • Michael C. Perry, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Satellite Degree Programs)
  • Anna Sofia Beronius, Bachelor of Science (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Progams)
  • Ingrid Nohea Seiple, Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Summer 2001 Commencement

  • Chris Kastl, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Satellite Degree Programs)
  • Kathrin Buettner, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Progams)
  • Guiherme Albieri, Master of Arts in Organizational Change (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Spring 2001 Commencement

  • Dianne Kostelecky, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Satellite Degree Programs)
  • Andreas Jerry Andersson, Bachelor of Science (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Progams)
  • Kent Benjamin Harrison, Master of Arts in Diplomacy and Military Studies (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Winter 2001 Commencement

Summer 2000 Commencement

  • Clint Henness, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Satellite Degree Programs)
  • Ulrike Klein, Bachelor of Arts (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Progams)
  • Daniel M. Schlup, Master of Science in Information Systems (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Spring 2000 Commencement

  • Donald R. Park, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Satellite Degree Programs)
  • Julian Heng Wee Tan, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Progams)
  • Shelly Laura Connors, Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts in Organizational Change (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Winter 2000 Commencement

  • Robert Edward LeBlanc, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Satellite Degree Programs)
  • Wendy Lynn Doronio, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Programs)
  • Noriko Kawano, Master of Science in Information Systems (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Summer 1999 Commencement

  • Terence Fitzgerald, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Satellite Degree Programs)
  • Sarah Williams, Bachelor of Arts (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Programs)
  • Steven Araki (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Spring 1999 Commencement

  • Richard McIntosh, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Satellite Degree Programs)
  • Elisabeth Hultquist, Bachelor of Arts (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Programs)
  • Sidharth Sood, Master of Business Administration (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Winter 1999 Commencement

  • Joe Ray Carder, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Satellite Degree Programs)
  • Kristine H. Ebenius, Bachelor of Arts (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Programs)
  • Paul J. Hee, Master of Science in Information Systems (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Summer 1998 Commencement

  • Timothy Lee Bryant, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Satellite Degree Programs)
  • Melanie Joy Silva, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Programs)
  • Alexis Schanen Fiuza, Master of Business Administration (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Spring 1998 Commencement

  • Daniel J. Hoffman, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Satellite Degree Programs)
  • Maria Elisabeth Heljegard, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Programs)
  • Milton K. Hee, Master of Business of Administration (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Winter 1998 Commencement

  • Deanna L. Brigger, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Satellite Degree Programs)
  • Andrew D. Kirby, Bachelor of Arts (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Programs)
  • Wilson Wan Yip, Master of Science in Information Systems and Master of Business Administration (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Summer 1997 Commencement

  • John F. McShane, Jr., Bachelor of Arts (Satellite Degree Programs)
  • Kim Ellison Ethington, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Programs)
  • Michael D. Updike, Master of Arts in Human Resource Management (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Spring 1997 Commencement

  • Michael James Good, Bachelor of Arts (Satellite Degree Programs)
  • Paris Elaine Bossert, Bachelor of Arts (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Programs)
  • Greg Cabar Cabanting, Master of Business Administration (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Winter 1997 Commencement

  • Sammy Edd Wesley, Jr., Bachelor of Arts (Satellite Degree Programs)
  • Nicole Jo Moss, Bachelor of Arts (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Programs)
  • Apirat Chaipiputtanamongkol, Master of Business Administration (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Summer 1996 Commencement

  • Dennis J. Shackleton, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Satellite Degree Programs)
  • Melanie J. Felipe-Dela Rosa, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Programs)
  • Velma Ann Manibusan Palacios, Master of Business Administration (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Spring 1996 Commencement

  • Pamela Sue King, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Satellite Degree Programs)
  • Poongothai Rathinam-Nadar, Bachelor of Arts, (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Programs)
  • Ann Swee Sun Koh-Schelander, Master of Business Administration (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Winter 1996 Commencement

  • Patrick Joseph Cunningham, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Satellite Degree Programs)
  • Woei Yau Alvin Hang, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Programs)
  • Fredrik Las Tjernstrom, Master of Science in Information Systems and Master of Business Administration (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Summer 1995 Commencement

  • Douglas Dean Harriman, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Satellite Degree Programs)
  • Chrysteen Connelly Rellahan, Bachelor of Arts (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Programs)
  • Ernest Anthony Lertola, Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Information Systems (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Spring 1995 Commencement

  • Raymond Jusino, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Satellite Degree Programs)
  • Derrick R.K. Hatami, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Programs)
  • Barbara Young Morgan, Master of Business Administration (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)

Winter 1995 Commencement

  • Michael J. Kosanovich, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Satellite Degree Programs)
  • Laurel S. Ries, Bachelor of Arts (On-Campus Baccalaureate Degree Programs)
  • Thomas Philip Tenney, Master of Business Administration (On-Campus Graduate Degree Programs)