HPU Holds Two Spring Graduation Ceremonies at Aloha Tower Marketplace on May 7

The inaugural class of HPU’s Allen and Nobuko Zecha Engineering Program

HPU celebrated the achievements of its spring class of 2022 with two in-person graduation ceremonies, 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., held on May 7, 2022, at Aloha Tower Marketplace.  

The morning ceremony included graduates from the College of Health and Society, College of Natural and Computational Sciences, and the School of Nursing. Paige Ahladianakis, Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering graduate from Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, and Alexxus Yuk Lan Hi‘ipoi Ho, Master of Social Work graduate from Waimanalo, Oahu, served as the valedictory speakers for the morning ceremony.    

The afternoon ceremony included graduates from the College of Business, College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Professional Studies. Cidney Hopkins, Bachelor of Arts in international studies graduate from Knoxville, Tennessee, and Wipawee Promprasit, Master of Science in business analytics and information security graduate from Thailand, served as the valedictory speakers for the afternoon ceremony.  

HPU instructor of Hawaiian language Tracie Lopes and the HPU hula ensemble opened the morning ceremony with a Hawaiian chant and hula. Joining Lopes for the Welcome ‘Oli at the afternoon ceremony was her daughter Miss Aloha Hula 2022 who danced the hula. Spring 2022 graduating students Aiden Johnson and Taylor Higa sang the Star-Spangled Banner and Hawai‘i Ponoi, respectively. HPU President John Gotanda, J.D., delivered remarks and conferred degrees and HPU Senior Vice President and Provost Walsh, Ph.D., served as Master of Ceremonies.     

Maryknoll School dual-credit students who received their A.A. degrees

The inaugural class of HPU’s Allen and Nobuko Zecha Engineering Program graduated in the morning ceremony. A total of nine students received their engineering degrees, and Trustee Emeritus Dr. Allen Zecha was in attendance to celebrate the achievements of the engineering class. 

HPU’s dual-credit program recognized seven Maryknoll School students who received their Associate of Arts (A.A.) degrees in the afternoon ceremony. The high school students earned their A.A. degrees before receiving their high school diplomas on June 3. All seven students will continue their university education in the fall.  

The morning and afternoon ceremonies were livestreamed. For additional information see the HPU graduation website at 

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