Valedictory Speakers Named for Fall 2017 Commencement

BIlly Mayer Headshot

HONOLULU, HAWAII – Hawai‘i Pacific University (HPU) is proud to announce that its Fall 2017 Commencement exercises will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena.

“At Hawai’i Pacific University, we pride ourselves in in the first-hand experiences that are unique to each student’s personal ambitions,” said Provost Matthew Liao-Troth.  “I’m excited to celebrate in the accomplishments of our fall 2017 graduates and to be part of the beginning of the next chapter of their lives.” 

William “Billy” Mayer will represent HPU’s undergraduate students as valedictory speaker. He will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Diplomacy and Military Studies. While at HPU, he became President of the History Club, tutored for the Center for Academic Success, studied abroad, was a member of Alpha Chi, Phi Alpha Theta, and Pi Sigma Alpha honor societies and was awarded ‘Honorable Mention’ for his paper “The Lion of Lucerne” at Phi Alpha Theta’s Hawai‘i History Conference. His post undergraduate plans include obtaining his Master’s degree in Diplomacy and Military Studies from HPU or pursuing Foreign Service elsewhere to work both domestically and abroad to make the world a better place.

Attendees will also hear from Mariko Westbrook, who will receive a Master of Education in Secondary Education and will speak on behalf of graduate students. Westbrook earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a specialty in Human Resource Management. During her time at HPU, she was involved in serving as a volunteer at the River of Life Mission and the Hele-to-Work program within the Institute for Human Services in downtown Honolulu. Upon graduation, she plans to continue her efforts as a teacher at Kalani High School. She will also continue to train in her newfound passion as a skimboarder to qualify for the 2018 World Championship of Skimboarding (The VIC).

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.