UH Hilo 2022 Spring Commencement will be held in person, May 14

Professor of English Kirsten Møllegaard, an alumna of UH Hilo, is keynote speaker at Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 14. Ku‘uhiapo Jeong is student speaker.

Top of a mortarboard with the words: Be the change you want in the world.
Mortarboard from 2019 Spring Commencement. (Raiatea Arcuri/UH Hilo Stories)

2022 Spring Commencement at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo will take place May 14 starting at 9:00 a.m. at Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium. It will also be livestreamed. The ceremony will be recorded and available for viewing after the event.

Kirsten Møllegaard, professor of English at UH Hilo, is keynote speaker. Ku‘uhiapo Jeong is student speaker.

Approximately 557 students have petitioned for degrees and/or certificates and for various post-graduate credentials from the College of Arts and Sciences; Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language; College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management; College of Natural and Health Sciences; College of Business and Economics; and Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy.

The ceremony is limited by invitation and not open to the public. Students are allowed to invite four guests, who must be registered. The wearing of face masks is encouraged.


Kirsten Møllegaard pictured
Kirsten Møllegaard

Professor Kirsten Møllegaard is an alumna of UH Hilo. She received bachelor of arts degrees in anthropology and English from UH Hilo and master and doctoral degrees in English studies from UH Mānoa.

Growing up in Denmark, Prof. Møllegaard developed a keen interest in folklore, fairy tales, and legends. Her area of specialization in English studies is folklore and oral traditions’ rearticulation in film and literature. Since coming to UH Hilo in 2005, she has taught courses in English, gender and women’s studies, and interdisciplinary studies. She encourages students to present their work at conferences and to publish their research papers in peer-reviewed venues such as UH Hilo’s Hohonu Journal of Academic Writing, where she serves as faculty advisor.

As a two-term member on the board of directors of the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, Prof. Møllegaard organizes the biennial Children’s Literature Hawaiʻi Conference at UH Hilo.

Prof. Møllegaard is the recipient of the 2020 UH Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching Award.

Student Speaker

Ku‘uhiapo Jeong pictured
Ku‘uhiapo Jeong

Ku‘uhiapo Jeong, a Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi Campus alumnus, is graduating from UH Hilo with a bachelor of arts in psychology and a bachelor of arts in communication. He will be pursuing a graduate degree in public relations and reputation management from Biola University.

Jeong maintained a 3.7 cumulative grade point average while serving as executive chair for the Board of Media Broadcasting and as president of the Psi Chi International Honor Society UH Hilo Chapter. He is the undergraduate representative on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee in Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

He was recently awarded the Overall Ka Lama Kū Student Leadership Award, the highest and most prestigious student leadership award at UH Hilo, making him the fifth student in UH Hilo history to receive this award.

Off-campus, he served on the board of directors at the Hilo Education Arts Repertory Theater, was a community engagement ambassador for Vibrant Hawai‘i, and a member of the Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce for Young Professionals.

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