UH Hilo 2024 Spring Commencement scheduled for May 11

UH Hilo Professor of Finance Terrance Jalbert is keynote speaker; student-athlete David Mayser is student speaker.

Top of a mortarboard with the words: Be the change you wish to see in the world.


The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo will celebrate 2024 Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 11, beginning 9:00 a.m. at Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium.

The ceremony is limited to invited guests and not open to the public. The event will be livestreamed and also recorded for later viewing on the commencement website.

Approximately 500 students have petitioned for degrees, certificates, and/or various post-graduate credentials from the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Business and Economics; College of Natural and Health Sciences; Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy; and Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language.

UH Hilo Professor of Finance Terrance Jalbert is keynote speaker. Student-athlete David Mayser is student speaker.

Keynote speaker

Terrance Jalbert pictured.
Terrance Jalbert

Professor Jalbert has taught at UH Hilo since 1996. He also briefly taught for the Naval Postgraduate School. Prior to his time in academics, he worked in the agriculture and oil industries.

Jalbert was awarded the 2000 Board of Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching. He teaches courses in personal finance, corporate finance, investment management, options and futures. He especially enjoys engaging students in stock market simulations and assisting them with financial plans for prospective businesses. He is known for telling jokes.

Jalbert is the author of 90 journal articles, including 13 manuscripts in journals rated A or A- by at least one rating organization. Social Science Research Network ranks him among the top one percent of all academics, all time, for research impact. His research includes nine articles co-authored with UH Hilo students. His recent research includes developing new stock indexes that incorporate both stock value changes and currency value changes. Other research documents and quantifies an April 2024 effect in stock returns.

Jalbert serves as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority where he adjudicates disputes between stockbrokers and their clients. He has also served as editor-in-chief for several journals. He regularly keeps score for the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival.

He earned associate of arts and bachelor of science degrees from Dickinson State University, a master in business administration from North Dakota State University, and a doctoral degree in finance from Texas Tech University.

Student speaker

David Mayser pictured.
David Mayser

David Mayser, a student-athlete graduating with a bachelor of arts in communication, will be student speaker.

Originally from Munich, Germany, Mayser moved to Hilo in 2000 to pursue his academic and athletic careers. He was a member of the Vulcan men’s soccer team from fall 2020 for four years. Throughout his time at UH Hilo, he was the student-athlete representative for the PacWest Conference on the National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and a member of the UH Hilo Student Advisory Board.

Mayser says the environment at UH Hilo helped him to grow academically and personally. This fall he starts graduate school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he will pursue his master of arts in communication studies while also serving as a graduate teaching assistant in the UNLV communication department.

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