Chancellor’s Message: End-of-the-year activities abound


We’re rapidly approaching the end of the Spring 2013 semester, and that means graduation and other end-of-the-year activities are just around the corner.

I encourage all of you to attend our HawCC Spring 2013 Commencement with our graduates and their families at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Multipurpose stadium in East Hawai‘i and the Hilton Waikoloa for West Hawai‘i. Commencement is our opportunity to recognize our students for the accomplishments of their educational goals and to celebrate a milestone in their lives.

It takes a “village” to operate an institution of higher learning. We all have our responsibilities to make this college function efficiently. By your participation in this year’s commencement, we will be displaying an important message to our community in helping them to realize what it takes to educate their children.

I truly hope you will be able to participate this year.

Here are the details about the events:


Friday, May 10, 2013

Edith Kanaka‘ole Multipurpose Stadium

6 p.m. Seating

7 p.m. Ceremony

Faculty, please arrive by 6:15 p.m. at Aunt Sally’s Lū‘au Hale to dress into your regalia if you plan to march in the processional. You are also invited to attend a reception following the graduation ceremony to be held at Aunt Sally’s Lū‘au Hale.

West Hawai‘i

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Hilton Waikoloa Village Kohala Ballroom

3 p.m. Seating

4 p.m. Ceremony

Faculty, please arrive by 3:30 p.m. if you plan to wear regalia and march in the processional. A simple reception will follow the ceremony. Reduced $5 parking with validation will be available.

If you have any questions regarding graduation, please contact Kenoa Dela Cruz ( or Christine Quintana ( in Hilo and Raynette Halemau-Kam ( or Laurel Gregory ( in Kona.

Student Recognition

The HawCC Student Recognition Ceremony will take place starting at 6 p.m. on April 25 at the UH Hilo cafeteria.

This is an excellent time for faculty and staff to congratulate our students on their academic achievements and thank our donors for the various awards. Please make every effort to attend.

John Morton’s Visit

John Morton, Vice President for Community Colleges will be conducting his Spring 2013 visit to HawCC on Friday, April 26 at 2 p.m. in the Manono Cafeteria. Videoconferencing will be available to our West Hawai‘i campus in Building 4, Room 1.

VPCC Morton is planning to share information and updates with our Kauhale regarding UHCC initiatives, state and national initiatives, as well as respond to any questions you may have.

End-of-the-Year Breakfast

Thursday, May 2 is our end-of-the-year breakfast at the Manono Cafeteria. We will recognize faculty and staff for their talent and hard work, and various awards will be announced at the event. I hope to see you there.

West Hawai‘i Director

Recruitment has begun for the West Hawai‘i Director position. A search committee has formed, and the position vacancy has been posted on Work at UH.


Chancellor Noreen Yamane

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