Fall 2020 Commencement Celebration

Fall 2020 Graduates Remember UH Hilo Fondly

Favorite memory is hiking to Kilauea crater with Student Art Association members.

Wanda Liloa Hanson

Just when I think I'm done with school, I find a reason to return to earn another Degree or Certificate.

Enjoyed my time at University of Hawaiʻi Hilo...

Michael David Whitley

To my professors -
What you've taught me will stick with me for the rest of my life and I am grateful for the opportunity to have learned from each of you.

Keely Kitamura

To all the teachers, counselors, faculty, & staff here at UH Hilo, thank you for helping me achieve my academic goals and dreams, you all have inspired me each in a different way throughout my years here. Thank you so much for helping me meet my end goal. I love you all. Thank you so much for all your love & support throughout this journey.

Kiana-Rae Chizuka Ellefsen

There are simply not enough words to describe how thankful I am for all of the opportunities I have been given and the people I have met through UH Hilo. From the struggles of tackling multiple fields of study to working with student communities as an RA, and to studying abroad in England, being a part of this school has truly been a rewarding experience. I have been able to embrace the values and lessons of this university, which I will take with me as embark on this next chapter of my life.

Jessica Ranchez Valdez

To all of my professors, thank you so much for what you have taught me and my fellow peers these past few years. Shoutout to Mr. Jim Mellon for always being there when I needed help the most, and being the most kind and understanding.

Kiara Ngeribongel Ringang

This time has been a blessing and one that I can look back on with no regrets! I count it a joy to have been able to stay on the island for my college years. Thank you to Professors Nakao, Czarski, Panek, Wackerbarth, Sagle, Moral, and my Advisor Comfort for teaching, and walking with me every step of the way!

Seth Thomas Master

To the best friends whom I met at UH Hilo, thanks for being everything I didn’t even know I needed. I shall go forth with the newly acquired tools by my side to make you all proud!

Alexandra Marie Cruz Koenig

The faculty and environment at U.H. Hilo exude the true sense of aloha.

Jade Elise Eckardt

Thank you to my anthropology professors for offering a program that is both fun and inspiring, making the journey to graduation enjoyable. I'd like to particularly thank Lynn Morrison for believing in me and taking the time to help me get here. The faculty and environment at U.H. Hilo exude the true sense of aloha.

Jade Elise Eckardt

Thanks to my UH Hilo Arts Association friends, who accepted me into the fold. I consider you my lifetime friends and you made the university experience so much more fun! Boldly onward we go!

Victoria Anne Arthur

College has been the best experience I have ever had.

Janet Elizabeth Honua

Because of you all I have achieved one of my greatest goals in life and owe you so much more than gratitude. From a struggling freshman to a successful college graduate, I can say that I truly worked hard and it paid off. Jodice Lee Kalamakū Popovich-Pung

Hilo has given me so much; opportunities and experiences that I never thought I would be able to have. It's honestly my favorite place on the planet and it will always have a special place in my heart. I thank my professors and coaches for their continuous support of me and I will miss everyone dearly. I can't wait until the next time I come and visit Hilo!

Adam Shigenobu Chiya

My time at Hilo has been filled with joy and has allowed me to make lifelong friends.

Brooke Lee Anne Harrington

Mahalo nui loa to my professors, friends, and mentors for sharing your wisdom and lessons with me. I look forward to using these new skills in my future endeavors, and hope to cross paths with you all again.
A hui hou!

Natalie Elise Gillette

I will always remember my time at UH Hilo as being warm, welcoming, and friendly.

Matthew Michael Paddison

Mahalo Nui Loa to the entire University of Hawai’i Hilo institution for laying the indestructible foundation of perspicaciousness and grit that this world is so sorely in desire of.

Alexandra Marie Cruz Koenig

I would like to thank the open minded hard working professors who love teaching the future and influencing their passion in education.

Victor M Yurtola

To my professors; I have never met a more compassionate and supportive collection of minds. You all worked so hard to give me the tools I'll need in my future, and I can't thank you enough. It's been a fun three years!

Jastine T Honea

We are nothing but the sum of our choices. Finishing my degree at UH Hilo is one of the best choices I’ve ever made.

Nicholas Noburo Iwamoto

UH Hilo is the most diverse University in the U.S., here you will experience the true feeling of Aloha, and of welcoming staff and students.

Kelsey May Meagher

Some of my most favorite memories consist of spending time with two of my closest friends in my cohort, Ekat and Toni, both inside and outside of the classroom. Thank you for the endless laughs, downtown runs, movie/food dates, and being there for me.

Alicia Avitia

UH Hilo! Not only have you equipped me with the tools to face my future but you’ve introduced me to some of the greatest people I've met- professors and peers alike, and for that I thank you.

Bridget Ashley Endor

Thank you to my professors for expanding my knowledge in the field of psychology. Your support during my Thesis journey is sincerely appreciated.

Alicia Avitia

To my professors -
Thank you for your encouragement and feedback. What you've taught me will stick with me for the rest of my life and I am grateful for the opportunity to have learned from each of you.

To my teammates -
Thank you for the always being there to cheer me on. There was never a dull moment with all of you.

Congratulations to everyone graduating! Go Vulcans!

Keely Kitamura

Thank you to all of my professors for their guidance and encouragement. They make the university experience invaluable to progress as an artist. Your crusade to push your students to new heights is just what we need to succeed.

Victoria Anne Arthur