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UH Hilo 2024 Spring Commencement

Chancellor congratulates graduate as she shakes her hand and gives her diploma.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo celebrated 2024 Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 11, at Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium. There were 522 students who petitioned for degrees and/or certificates and for various post-graduate credentials.

Candidates represented the College of Arts and Sciences; Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikolani College of Hawaiian Language; College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management; College of Natural and Health Sciences; College of Business and Economics; and the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy.

Keynote speaker was UH Hilo Professor of Finance Terrance Jalbert. Student speaker was David Mayser, a student-athlete graduating with a bachelor of arts in communication.

Four graduates jump for joy.See full post with photos at UH Hilo Stories.

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UH Hilo College of Business and Economics honors scholarship recipients

Group photo, all in lei.
Group photo honoring recipients of the Hawaiʻi Island Chamber of Commerce Endowed Scholarship are, from left, Carla Kuo, Marketing and Membership Administrator, Hawaiʻi Island Chamber of Commerce; Bonnie Irwin, UH Hilo Chancellor; Doug Simons, Director, UH Institute for Astronomy, and Immediate Past President of HICC; students Jing Feng and Jacelyn Lau, HICC Endowed Scholarship recipients; Miles Yoshioka, Executive Director, HICC. (Courtesy photo)

The College of Business and Economics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo held its Scholarships and Awards Celebration, “Plant Your Profession,” on April 26, 2024.

The event was held at Imiloa Astronomy Center and was attended  by members of the local community, business leaders and supporters of the college.

The following students were honored:

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Chancellor Irwin hosts 2024 Awards and Recognition Celebration; annual awards honor top faculty, staff, and student employee

Honorees at the event were those who won awards given out annually for extraordinary contributions to campus, retirees, and those who have worked at UH Hilo for milestone decades.

Title page UH Hilo logo, 2024 Awards and Recognition Celebration, April 24, 2024.

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Chancellor Bonnie Irwin on April 24, 2024, hosted the annual Awards and Recognition Celebration. Honorees at the event were faculty and staff who won awards given out annually for extraordinary contributions to the campus, those who retired during the previous year, and those who have worked at UH Hilo for milestone decades. One student award is also bestowed each year.

The 2024 honorees are as follows:

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Merrie Monarch Parade: UH Hilo joins the celebration

Larry Kimura sitting up high in red convertible, wearing hat and lei.
Larry Kimura, UH Hilo Professor of Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies, was Grand Marshall of the 61st Annual Merrie Monarch Festival Royal Parade. Seated to his right is Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Keiki Kawaiʻaeʻa, and to his left is Director of Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language Kaʻiu Kimura. April 6, 2024, Hilo. (Photo courtesy of Lei Kapono/UH Hilo)

Chancellor Bonnie Irwin joined students, faculty, staff, and administrators from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo — from Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language and UH Hilo’s Ke Kula ʻO Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu Iki, a Laboratory Public Charter School located in Keaʻau — to walk in the 61st Annual Merrie Monarch Festival Royal Parade, April 6, 2024, in Hilo.

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Message from Chancellor Irwin about Giving Day, April 10

This message was shared with the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo ‘ohana on April 9, 2024.


UH Giving Day image, featuring three students walking in front of the University Classroom BuildingWednesday, April 10 is UH Giving Day!

Once again, we are featuring the UH Hilo Student Crisis Fund, and I am matching the first $2,000 that is donated. Participation is the goal here, so please consider giving if you can.

If you would like to donate to another fund at UH Hilo, please consider doing it tomorrow, so that we track our progress. You can browse the other funds here.

Help me spread the word through your networks and friends, so that we can support our students and programs.

Giving Day – for UH – for Hawaiʻi.


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