Photos & Full Video: UH Hilo 2019 Spring Commencement

Approximately 640 students received degrees and/or certificates from UH Hilo’s six colleges. I mua!

Photos by Raiatea Arcuri for UH Hilo Stories.
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Three women graduates in regalia before ceremonies.

Approximately 640 students petitioned for degrees and/or certificates from the College of Arts and Sciences; the College Natural and Health Sciences; the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management; the College of Business and Economics; the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy; Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language; and for various post-graduate credentials.

News reporter Mileka Lincoln gave the keynote address. Misty Figueira, who received a bachelor of arts in English and a bachelor of arts in sociology with a certificate in creative writing, was student speaker.

Click photos to enlarge. Video of entire commencement ceremonies follows photos.

Before Start of Commencement

Group of graduates before ceremonies pose for group photo.

Processional, Candidates Seated, Opening Remarks 

Wide view of venue with large arching ceiling and graduates standing at their seats.

Teaching Awards

Keynote Speaker & Student Speaker

Mortarboard Communication

Mortarboard with words: Be the Change you wish to see in the World.

Conferring of Baccalaureate Degrees (Selected)

Candidate mom leaves dais holding baby and diploma.

Conferring of Master Degrees (Selected)

Female graduate receives hood from Prof. Peter Mills. She has haku lei around her mortarboard. Another faculty member assists.


Conferring of Pharmacy Degrees (Selected)

Dean Carolyn Ma places dark green hood on smiling graduate. Graduate wears purple sash, striped cord, and a medal.. To the left is an official, smiling.


After ceremonies, graduate stands decked with lei and holding diploma.

About the photographer: Raiatea Arcuri is a professional photographer majoring in business at UH Hilo.  

Video of Full Commencement

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