Philosophy/linguistics double major Seido Morrical will be student speaker at UH Hilo’s fall commencement

Seido Morrical plans to continue his pursuit of knowledge outside of academia, and looks forward to sharing his skills by offering classes in the community and writing.

In the above video, Seido Morrical explains his relief after receiving financial help from the UH Urgent Student Support Fund when he lost his major sources of income due to pandemic restrictions in the spring of 2020.

By Susan Enright.

Gregory “Seido” Morrical pictured
Gregory “Seido” Morrical

Gregory “Seido” Morrical will be student speaker University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s 2023 Fall Commencement on Dec. 16.

Morrical is a double major in philosophy and linguistics, with minors in English and Japanese studies, and a subject certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Tim Freeman, associate professor of philosophy, says that in over 22 years of teaching at UH Hilo, “Seido is clearly one of the best students I have been fortunate to have in my classes. An excellent thinker and writer, he brought a sincerity and dedication to his studies that stood out and served as a model for others. In addition to being an excellent student, he is a fine human being. I know he will make a valuable contribution in whatever he goes on to do in life. I learned a lot from him.”

On his LinkedIn page, Morrical says he has been writing all his life. “I enjoy writing about the intersection of tea culture, Buddhism, Yoga, and meditation. I have also liked traveling and writing about philosophy and linguistics.”

Originally from Indiana, during Morrical’s time at UH Hilo he has worked at The Learning Center as a writing tutor for Hawai‘i Community College, and taught yoga at the Student Life Center. He also directed yoga sessions at Taishoji Soto Zen Mission in Hilo and led its Monday night Zazen meditation sessions. In spring 2023, he became president of the Hawai‘i Island Philosophy Club.

Morrical plans to continue his pursuit of knowledge outside of academia, and looks forward to sharing his skills by offering classes in the community, writing, and eventually publishing works of Buddhist fiction.

Top of a mortarboard with the words: Be the change you want in the world.

2023 Fall Commencement

UH Hilo’s 2023 Fall Commencement will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16, 9:00 a.m. on campus at the Vulcan Gymnasium. The ceremony is limited to invited guests and not open to the public, but can be viewed via live stream.

There are approximately 206 candidates for graduation in the fall class, representing the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Natural and Health Sciences; College of Business and Economics; Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy; and Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language.

Susan Enright is a public information specialist for the Office of the Chancellor and editor of UH Hilo Stories. She received her bachelor of arts in English and certificate in women’s studies from UH Hilo.

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