Forty of 80 students in the DKICP Class of 2021 and one graduate student receiving his Ph.D. were able to be in Hilo for the degree granting and hooding ceremonies, held Saturday, May 8, 2021.
The event took place in Hale Kihoʻihoʻi on the UH-Hilo campus in accordance with CDC guidelines. Only students and a small number of administrators were there in person to confer the degrees, but the event was livestreamed so family and friends could watch.
Chancellor Bonnie Irwin and Dean Carolyn Ma each addressed the students, followed by brief comments from the five valedictorians: Brandon Chagami, Jake Hoctor, DaHai Lee, Sandy Li and Donald Waddell.
Following the ceremony, DKICP Class of 2021 graduates lined up outside the building to wave at family and friends who participated in a drive-thru celebration.