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Commencement 2018

A new tradition began as family, friends and faculty celebrated the Class of 2018’s graduation at the Stan Sheriff Center on the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa campus.

On June 2, 2018, a new tradition began as family, friends and faculty celebrated the Class of 2018’s graduation at the Stan Sheriff Center on the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa campus.

Following the invocation by Chaplain George Scott, student speaker Paige Hilliard ’18 delivered a heartfelt speech, ending with a request for her classmates: “While you’re out there taking the world by storm, with all that we have been given, do the unexpected.”

Over two dozen student dancers then graced the main floor of the Stan Sheriff Center to perform a hula as their classmates sang, “Malama Mau Hawai‘i.” Student speaker Emily Kim ’18 likened the Punahou experience to a star-studded movie in an entertaining speech entitled “Lights, Camera, Action.” The graduates also performed their class song, “Behold the Mountains,” written by Nicholas Amador ’18.

Academy Principal Emily McCarren shared the remarkable qualities of the class with the audience. “They are brave and bold trailblazers, and most importantly they are caring and kind.”

In his farewell address to the Class of 2018, President Jim Scott ’70 recognized the gift of a Punahou education and encouraged students to pay it forward: “What you are about to receive is more than just a diploma. It is a gift and a promise that you will use your considerable talent, your keen intellect, and your great big caring hearts to improve the lives of others.”

“By far the most compelling theme that defines this class to us is their kind and caring character. These students continually express care for each other and the community. And if the true sense of character is measured by what you do when no one is looking, when it doesn’t ‘count,’ this class is truly exceptional.” – Academy Principal Emily McCarren

Read Principal Emily McCarren’s complete Commencement remarks.

From left: Charles Zhang, Susan Wilson, Nithya Chekuri and Aaron Klein are all smiles as they enter the Stan Sheriff Center at the start of the ceremony.
Cova Li, Jenna Chai and Brianna Tam proudly sing one of several songs presented by the Class of 2018 during the Commencement ceremony.
Joshua Reasoner joyfully poses for a photo after receiving his diploma from President Jim Scott ’70.
Left: Chelsea Cline joins fellow classmates during their Class Song, “Behold the Mountains.”
Emily Kim, one of two student speakers, delivered an entertaining speech entitled, “Lights, Camera, Action!”
Kristina Uyehara (back) and Tehina Kahikina hula on the main floor of the arena to “Mālama Mau Hawai‘i.”
From left: Heather Hsia and Christine Campbell ecstatically danced and sang during a choreographed flash mob at the conclusion of the ceremony.
Jameson McKibbin reaches into the stands for a high-five as the Class of 2018 exits the arena.
The look on Ian Chang’s face as he exits the arena sums up the celebratory vibe of the evening.
Hunter Hosoda is congratulated by friends and family following the commencement ceremony.
Paige Hilliard, one of the student speakers during the ceremony, celebrates with family and friends: Amalia Hilliard, Katrina Heine, Paige, Larry Hilliard and Dalton Hilliard ’09.
Cole Mausolf is congratulated by sister Lia ’15.
Kylie Shimono and parents celebrate this momentous occasion.
Kawailana Mielke is piled high with lei from family and friends.
Heidi Kwock receives a congratulatory hug to celebrate this special occasion.