WATCH: 2020 Fall Commencement, a virtual celebration & drive-through ceremony!

“The future of our island and our state is in good hands with these remarkable graduates.” —Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin

University of Hawai‘i at Hilo celebrated 2020 Fall Commencement with a pre-recorded virtual celebration on YouTube and a live drive-through ceremony on campus the morning of Dec. 19.

In total, approximately 279 students, including summer graduates, received their degrees and certificates.

Chancellor Irwin smiling
Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin in 2020 Fall Commencement video.

The pre-recorded video includes congratulatory messages from UH Hilo dignitaries along with name cards, photos, and messages from graduates.

On the 2020 Fall Commencement website, each graduate has a profile page that displays their degree and certificate types, along with their uploaded photos and messages.

A drive-through ceremony was held on Saturday morning, Dec. 19, for students who wanted to receive their diploma cover directly from Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin. The Hilo rains did not dampen the spirits of about 20 graduates who participated.

“This year’s graduates have pursued their learning through lava, hurricane and pandemic,” says Chancellor Irwin. “I am impressed with their resilience and grateful for the dedication of the faculty and staff who have helped them in this journey. The future of our island and our state is in good hands with these remarkable graduates.”

Drive-Through Ceremony

Photos by Kirsten Aoyagi, click to enlarge.

Young woman seated in passenger side of vehicle receives red UH Hilo diploma cover from Chancellor Irwin.
Student receives her diploma cover from Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin during a drive-through celebration held on the morning of Dec. 19. Photos by Kirsten Aoyagi/UH Hilo Stories.

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UH Hilo crew who ran the drive-through celebration, stand for photo.
Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin, at center front, stands with UH Hilo staff and vice chancellors (in regalia) who helped run the drive-through commencement ceremony, Dec. 19, 2020. All photos by Kirsten Aoyagi, click to enlarge.

See also: Drive By Celebrates Student-Athlete Graduates.

Congratulations, Graduates!


Photos by Kirsten Aoyagi, who is earning a bachelor of arts in communication at UH Hilo.