Lt. Gov. Josh Green to keynote UH Hilo 2018 Fall Commencement; Kai Gaitley is student speaker

Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, sworn into office on Dec. 3, will deliver the keynote address at UH Hilo’s 2018 Fall Commencement. English major Kai Anthony Gaitley will represent the graduating class as student speaker. 

Group of graduates bedecked in lei.
UH Hilo 2018 Fall Commencement will be held Saturday, Dec. 15, 9:00 a.m., at Vulcan Gym. Photo from 2018 spring commencement.

Lieutenant Governor Josh Green will deliver the keynote address at 2018 Fall Commencement, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. English major Kai Anthony Gaitley will represent the graduating class as student speaker.

Approximately 192 students have petitioned for degrees and/or certificates from the College of Arts and Sciences; College of Natural and Health Sciences; College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management; College of Business and Economics; Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy; Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language; and for various post-graduate credentials.


Josh Green
Josh Green

Lt. Gov. Josh Green was a state senator from 2008 to 2018. During his tenure, he served as chair of the Health Committee and then chair of the Human Services Committee. Prior to that, he was a state representative from 2004 to 2008.

Green is a family and emergency room physician on Hawaiʻi Island. In the legislature, he championed health care issues. As lieutenant governor, he is expected to play a key role in addressing Hawaiʻi’s homeless issue.

Green received his bachelor of arts from Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, and his doctor of medicine from Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA.

Student Speaker

Kai Gaitley
Kai Gaitley

Originally from Castleford, West Yorkshire, England, Kai Gaitley has a 3.8 grade point average and serves as a writing tutor with UH Hilo’s Kilohana Academic Success Center, a position he has held since fall 2016.

Gaitley was awarded the 2015 Droste Award for English 100 and the 2016 Droste Award for English 200. Earlier this year, he edited and self-published An Anthology for a Threatened Planet: The Tides are Changing…Ride the Wave, an e-book of short stories on climate change by UH Hilo students. Gaitley was on the Dean’s List for spring and fall 2016 and 2017, and spring 2018.

“I still cannot quite persuade myself that I have been given this honor,” Gaitley says about being selected as student speaker at commencement. “The incredible English faculty all helped me to fine-tune the ability to convert incomplete thoughts into meaningful words. Whether through essays or class discussions, this is perhaps the best skill I have gained throughout my education here.”

Gaitley plans to enroll in the master of education in teaching program at UH Mānoa and teach English on Hawaiʻi Island.

Fall Commencement

Saturday, Dec. 15, 9:00 a.m., Vulcan Gym.

The public is reminded that doors open at 8:15 a.m. for general admission, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. When seating reaches capacity, guests may view the ceremony via a live stream in University Classroom Building, room 100.


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