PHOTO ESSAY: UH Hilo 2015 Fall Commencement

A total of 290 degrees and certificates were awarded. Congratulations to UH Hilo’s Fall Graduates!

Photos by Bob Douglas.

A graduate celebrates after Commencement with family and friends.
A graduate celebrates with family and friends after Commencement.

2015 Fall Commencement at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo was held Dec. 19 on campus at the Vulcan Gymnasium.

Students petitioned for a total of 290 degrees and/or certificates from the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management (24) College of Arts and Sciences(217); College of Business and Economics (31); College of Pharmacy (1); and Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikölani College of Hawaiian Language (8). There were nine other candidates for post-graduate honors.

Sherry Menor-McNamara, the youngest and first female president and chief executive officer of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i, delivered the keynote address. Zachary Tman, a double major in anthropology and biology with a minor in chemistry, represented the class as student speaker.

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Graduates with Family & Friends

Graduate with lei with parents.
A graduate with parents.


Commencement Ceremonies

Happy candidates at 2015 Fall Commencement.
Happy candidates at 2015 Fall Commencement.


Mortarboard Communications

Hashtag DONE on top of mortarboard.
Hashtag DONE says it all.


Keynote Speaker and Student Speaker

Chancellor Straney and Sherry Menor-McNamara on the stage.
Chancellor Straney welcomes keynote speaker Sherry Menor-McNamara to the stage.


UH Hilo Leadership & Faculty

Chancellor Straney at podium.
Chancellor Straney hosts Commencement.


Opening Ceremonies

Group blowing shell trumpets.
Opening Ceremonies


About the photographer: Bob Douglas is a local artist, photographer, and sometimes part-time student who volunteers his photography skills to the Office of the Chancellor and UH Hilo Stories. 

-UH Hilo Stories