The video will include over 730 submissions from students, faculty, and staff, and congratulatory messages from Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin and the deans of each college.
The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo is planning a virtual 2020 Spring Commencement this year with a video now under production and to be released on May 20 (link to web page where the video will be posted). The traditional in-person ceremony, originally scheduled for May 16, is postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The video will include over 730 submissions from students, faculty, and staff, and congratulatory messages from Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin and the deans of each college. There is no keynote or student speaker scheduled at this time.
“Our students in particular have had to deal with so much this semester, and the commencement committee wanted to be sure our graduates were recognized, honored and celebrated for all of their accomplishments and hard work that got them to this day,” says Lisa Spain, commencement chair. “Our virtual commencement video is the result of many students, faculty and staff working hard to put this together to honor the Class of 2020.”
Approximately 608 students 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; the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy; Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language; and for various post-graduate credentials.
“I wish the very best to all of our graduates, and thank everyone for such great teamwork,” says Spain.
Plans for a traditional in-person commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 is underway and details will be shared at a later date.