Hawai‘i Pacific University to Celebrate Fall 2016 Commencement
December 14, 2016
“I am truly honored to partake in this ceremony and celebrate our graduates as the global citizens they have become,” said President John Gotanda, who assumed his role as HPU’s president this past July and for whom this will be his first commencement ceremony as the university’s president. “Hawaiʻi Pacific University prepares students to be community contributors and leaders of tomorrow, and I am privileged to address them as such.”
During the ceremony, founder of Moorad Sports Management, Jeffrey S. Moorad, will address the class of 2016 as the event’s keynote speaker. Specializing in athlete representation since 1983, Moorad joined forces with Leigh Steinberg to form one of the most dynamic partnerships in the history of sports representation, going on to negotiate more than $3 billion in athlete contracts. He later served as CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres. Moorad now serves as Chairman of PrimeSport Holdings Inc., a global sports travel and events-management company. Moorad will share insights from his decades of experience, including being an inspiration to Tom Cruise’s character in Jerry McGuire and earning a spot on The Sporting News’ 100 Most Powerful People in Sports on eight different occasions.
Amanda Fish will represent HPU’s undergraduate students as Valedictory speaker and reflect on her experience at the university. Receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies with a double minor in History and Diplomacy and Military Studies, Fish’s academic interests include peacebuilding and conflict resolution, as well as studying regions encompassing former French colonies and Southeast Asia. As an avid traveler, Fish took advantage of HPU’s study abroad program in Paris, France during her undergraduate career and plans to study abroad again, but this time in Seoul, South Korea.
Attendees will also hear from valedictory speaker, Summer J.M. Nomura, who will receive a Master of Arts in Communication. Nomura decided to pursue higher education back in 2009 when she began her advanced individual training as a medical laboratory specialist in the U.S. Army. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from HPU in 2015 and has focused her graduate studies around the ways humans utilize language and other tools to shape and communicate their numerous identities.
Guests may enter with their admission tickets starting at 4:00 p.m. for the 5:00 p.m. ceremony. There are 10 seating tickets per graduating student, and everyone, including children, will need a ticket for entry into the arena. Following the graduate recessional will be a meet-and-greet event for graduates and guests at the Exhibition Hall located next door.