HPU News for December 2011

HPU celebrates 77th commencement ceremony

December 22, 2011

HPU Fall Commencement 2011

Hundreds of Hawai‘i Pacific University students march as an appreciative audience watches at the Neal Blaisdell Arena.

HONOLULU — Hawai‘i Pacific University conferred associate, baccalaureate and master degrees to more than 650 graduates in the Fall 2011 class at its 77th commencement ceremony, Dec. 20 at the Neal Blaisdell Arena.

It was the first ceremony presided over by HPU President Dr. Geoffrey Bannister, who joined the university in July. Ramsay Taum presented the commencement address. Taum is the managing director of Blue Continent Holdings, LLC, and a recognized Native Hawaiian cultural expert. 

Three valedictory speakers were chosen for exemplary academic performance and community service, and addressed the graduating class. Representing the undergraduate degree programs was Harald Rittersbacher, Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology and a minor in International Studies. Courtney T.K. Matsuki, Master of Arts in Communication with a certificate in Mediation and Conflict, represented the graduate degree programs. Devin Kibler, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, spoke on behalf of HPU Military Campus Programs. 

Congratulations, graduates!

HPU Fall Commencement 2011

HPU President Dr. Geoffrey Bannister presides over the university's 77th commencement ceremony at the
Neal Blaisdell Arena.

HPU Fall Commencement 2011

Ramsay Taum presented the commencement address. Taum is the managing director of Blue Continent
Holdings, LLC, and a recognized Native Hawaiian cultural expert. 

HPU Fall Commencement 2011

Valedictory speaker Harald Rittersbacher represented undergraduate degree programs.


HPU Fall Commencement 2011

Valedictory speaker Courtney T.K. Matsuki represented graduate degree programs.

HPU Fall Commencement 2011

Valedictory speaker Devin Kibler represented HPU Military Campus Programs.