PHOTOS: HPU celebrates commencement

December 19, 2012

HPU commencement

Students participating in commencement are part of a graduating class of more than
700. (Click here for larger photo)

HONOLULU – More than 400 students assembled on Tuesday, Dec. 18, to take part in Hawai’i Pacific University's graduation ceremony. Students who participated in commencement were part of a graduating class of more than 700, in disciplines ranging from computer science to anthropology to marine biology.

Governor Neil Abercrombie, who once taught at Hawaii Loa College, was the commencement speaker. HPU President Geoffrey Bannister presented Abercrombie with the Fellow of the Pacific award for his continuing commitment to education.

Three valedictory speakers, chosen for exemplary academic performance and community service, also addressed the graduating class. Landrita L. Haith, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, represented HPU Military Campus Programs; Xiaofan Cui, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, represented undergraduate degree programs; and Robert W. Kinslow, Master of Arts in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development, represented the graduate degree programs. 

As part of the evening, President Bannister called for a moment of silence for U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye. Bannister called the late senator "a friend to the cause of education."

Photo galleries from commencement are online at: and

Congratulations, graduates!

HPU commencement

President Bannister gives Gov. Neil Abercrombie the
Fellow of the Pacific Award. (Click here for larger photo)

HPU commencement

A moment of silence for the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, a 
friend of education. (Click here for larger photo) 

HPU commencement

Valedictory speakers Landrita L. Haith, Xiaofan Cui, and Robert W. Kinslow,
(Click here for larger photo)