Hawai‘i First Lady to Speak at HPU Commencement

April 20, 2015

Dawn Amano-Ige
 Dawn Amano-Ige

HONOLULU — Dawn Amano-Ige, first lady of the state of Hawai‘i, will deliver the keynote address at Hawai‘i Pacific University’s 84th commencement, set for Thursday, May 14, 5 p.m., Blaisdell Arena. This will be the university's first commencement ceremony as it celebrates its 50th anniversary year.

Amano-Ige became the first lady of Hawai‘i when her husband, Gov. David Ige, was sworn in as the 8th governor of the state of Hawai‘i on Dec. 1, 2014.

She was born in Ewa, in West O‘ahu, and received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Hawai‘i, where she met her husband. She also earned a master’s degree in business from Chaminade University.

She began her career as an account executive for the agency that is now Stryker Weiner & Yokota Public Relations, and was marketing director of Kapiolani Health Care Systems.

As a mother of three children, she chose to return to school for a professional diploma in elementary education. She began teaching in 1997. She is currently on leave from her position as vice principal of Kanoelani Elementary School to serve as first lady.

Throughout her life and professional career, Amano-Ige has dedicated herself to community and public service through education and health care. The Iges’ three children — Lauren, Amy and Matthew — are currently attending college.

At HPU’s 84th commencement, Amano-Ige will address students and audiences, both in the arena and around the world viewing via live video stream. The university will confer associate, baccalaureate and master degrees to more than 800 graduates in the Spring 2015 class. Many of the students are global citizens, hailing from dozens of countries from around the world and are highly educated, profession-ready graduates, in disciplines including communication, computer science, environmental studies, finance, information systems, nursing and social work.

For more information about the ceremony, see www.hpu.edu/Graduation.