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Our final selection of the day will be a Disney medley.

So feel free to sing along if you know the songs.










That concludes our prelude concert.

OK, and I thank you for listening

and being a wonderful audience.

We're going to get ready for the graduates and the Oli

to happen very shortly.

So Aldo Garcia will be sharing "Twilight" on guitar.




Good afternoon, and welcome to Kapi'olani Community College's

commencement ceremonies.

We'll be starting in a few minutes.

So if you could kindly take your seats.

And while we're here and you have electronic devices,

please turn them off for now so that there

are no interruptions.

And if you're coming in now through the doors,

there are seats on this side.

Feel free to come over.

And we'll get started in just a few minutes.

Thanks for your patience today.


Aloha, and welcome to Kapi'olani Community College's 2015-2016


My name is Louise Pagotto, and I serve as the vice chancellor

for Academic Affairs.

And I'll be your emcee this afternoon.

Thank you to Nawa'a Napoleon, associate professor

of Hawaiian language for the Oli.

I present to you the graduates of the Associative Arts

in Hawaiian Studies and our native Hawaiian students,

who will present the Oli Holo, a chant to set sail.

The chant can be found on the back cover of your program,

so please follow along.


Thank you.

I would like to acknowledge our sign language

interpreters this afternoon.

To my left, your right, [? Carrie ?] [? Sarver ?]

and Michelle Morris.

At this time, please rise for the processional.


Thank you and please remain standing for "The Star-Spangled

Banner," sung by Kapi'olani Community College music student

[? Helena ?] [? Bohanen, ?] and "Hawai'i Pono'i," sung

by Kapi'olani Community College Chorus.





You may be seated.

I would like at this time to acknowledge

the hard work of the Kapi'olani Community College Chorus,

under the direction of Karol Nowicki, and the Kapi'olani

Community College Synthesizer Ensemble,

under the direction of associate professor Ann Craig Lum,

who entertained you for quite some time as you were waiting.

So can we give them a round of applause, please?


Thank you.

Welcome, friends and families and all those watching

in cyberspace.

We're live on YouTube.

Before we get started with our program,

there are some housekeeping notes.

Following the ceremony, you may meet your graduate

right next door in the Exhibition Hall.

The audience will need to remain seated

until the last graduate makes his or her way back

to the receiving area.

You will then be ushered to the receiving room next door.

Those of you with little kids, please watch them.

This is a big place, and they can easily get lost.

There are bathrooms you can see, to my right, your left.

And to ensure everyone's safety, please remain in your seats.

We have professional photographers taking

pictures of the graduates.

If you did not receive a program like this,

we will have it online.

You can download it later as well.

As I said, this event will be streamed live via the internet.

A link will also be available on our website, which


Joining us today are some special guests,

and I would ask these special guests

to stand and be recognized.

We have State Representative Calvin KY Say.


Our distinguished alum, Justin Cruz.


We are honored today with the presence

of three members of their UH Board of Regents,

regent Randolph G. Moore, chair of the board, regent Benjamin

Asa Kudo, and regent Stanford Yuen.

Please rise.


We have two distinguished guests from the University

of Hawaii system, two vice presidents-- John Morton,

vice president for Community Colleges.


And Vassilis Syrmos, vice president

for Research and Innovation.


From the Kapi'olani Community College Ambassador Board,

Brian Miyamoto.


And Donald Takaki.


Thank you so much, all the VIPs, for joining us today

and supporting our graduates.

At this time, I would like to introduce

our chancellor, Doctor Leon Richards,

to make his welcome address.


Aloha, and good afternoon.

I've titled my speech, and this is especially to our graduates

and to all students at Kapi'olani Community College.

If you think you're too small to make a difference,

try sleeping with a mosquito.


Welcome to the 2016 Kapi'olani Community College Commencement


Thank you, Board of Regents Chair Moore, Board of Regents

members Kudo and Yuen, State Representative Say,

and our own KCC ambassadors, Takaki and Miyamoto.


We are honored to have you with us.

Parents, friends, family, significant others

of our graduates, thank you for entrusting your loved

ones to us and for helping them reach and achieve

this milestone.

Distinguished faculty and staff, I

thank you on behalf of the graduates for the standards

you have set and to help these students achieve them.

For we at Kapi'olani Community College

always strive for the highest.

Faculty, staff, you have done a magnificent job

in helping our students reach this milestone.

I would like to say, graduates, this

is a proud moment, a very proud moment,

not only for you but for your families and for me, also.

First, I would like to have all the graduates take a moment

to concentrate or to contemplate what it means to be here.

Remember your first day at KCC-- the feelings, the hopes,

the dreams, the goals, the anxieties.

Remember your new friends, your teachers,

and your first encounter with various faculty and staff.

Remember your assignments, especially

those that seemed impossible to complete.

Now, take a moment.

Enjoy your accomplishments of what you have accomplished.

Despite all the obstacles, the problems, you never gave up.

You've made it.

Get in touch with those feelings,

and as I say congratulations, then

you truly know what that mean, given the sacrifices

that you have made.

At KCC, our KCC faculty, 'ohana, and staff have provided you,

graduates, with a practical and well-rounded education,

an education that provokes thought, ignites creativity,

spurs innovations, and strengthens our island

global community.

But allow me to offer some fatherly advice.

First, education is a lifelong journey.

It is a lifelong of learning, of seeking truths.

And we expect that of all of our graduates of Kapi'olani

Community College.

I hope you approach your graduation today

as only beginning of a longer journey

because life is a journey.

Seek ways to enjoy the journey as much as the destination.

Approach the choices you make in your future

with the same curiosity of mind and energy of spirit

that got you here in the first place.

Face each challenge as a lesson to be learned, and savor

the richness of each opportunity that

give rise to new solutions, new friendships.

Learning should be an unending quest for knowledge

and higher truths.

It is Nelson Mandela, the great statesman of South Africa

and the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize winner

who said, "Education is the most powerful weapon, which you

can use to change the world."

Graduates, use what you have been taught.

Use what you have been learned.

Make a difference.

Remember that mosquito.

Second, aim high, believe in yourself,

and make wise choices.

Create the highest, grandest vision possible for yourself

because you become what you believe.

Set a grand vision.

Make it happen.

Make it possible.

You can do it.

But I hope, in terms of setting its vision,

you look outside your comfort zones.

Challenge yourselves.

Don't be comfortable with second best.

You can always be first.

Third, what you spend years building

may be destroyed overnight, but build anyway.

Fourth, the good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow,

but do good anyway.

Do good for its own sake.

Do good because it is part of who you are,

part of the quality of life.

The good you do will be a source of personal meaning for you,

even if no one knows or those who knows forget.

Fifth, show gratitude.

To make the most of your life and to truly appreciate

the opportunities you have been given,

you must-- you must give back.

You must take those responsibilities

to give back to those who have helped you in your journey.

Remember, give back.

Give back to yourselves, your family,

your friends, the people of Hawaii,

the people of our nation, the people of the world.

It's your responsibilities to play that role.

Finally, always be yourselves.

No one else is qualified-- no one.

Let me repeat that.

No one can be you.

You are you.

Remember that.

Steve Jobs, the head of Apple, said,

"Don't let the noise of others' opinion

drown out your own inner voice.

And most importantly, have the courage

to follow your heart and intuition.

They somehow already know what you truly want to become.

Everything else is secondary."

As you graduate today, I am, essentially,

graduating with you.

At the end of this day, I will be

retiring from the chancellorship at Kapi'olani Community


And so in 2016, we graduate together.

Thank all of you for holding the high standards in education

excellence that the college have enjoyed

throughout these decades.

For me and for you graduates, let's start on a new chapter


Graduates, always remember, if you

think you are too small to make a difference,

try sleeping with a mosquito.

Graduates, go out and change the world.

In the old African tradition, I would

like to honor all the students and the graduates of Kapi'olani

Community College.

I will start here, here, and here.

And so give me a minute.




Dr. Richards, would you please come back to the podium,


It's graduation day for Chancellor Richards.

So we have a graduation present for him.

Your executive team would like to honor your service

and present you with this koa box.

And I will read the inscription.

It says, "Leon Richards, in appreciation

for your dedicated service to University of Hawaii Kapi'olani

Community College."



Thank you.

Whew, I did it.


Each year, we're fortunate to have a representative

from the University of Hawaii Board of Regents

to present the Excellence in Teaching Award.

We are honored this year to have not one regent but three--

regents Randolph Moore, Benjamin Kudo, and Stanford Yuen.

It is my pleasure to introduce Board of Regents Chair Randy




Thank you.

Good afternoon.

Thank you, Dr. Richards, for that.

Most of you don't know, just a little over a year ago,

there was a big event in this very same venue.

And Dr. Richards and my wife, whose name is Lynn Johnson,

were seated.

We were all seated at the same table.

And they were introducing the head table.

And they introduced Dr. Leon Richards, the chancellor,

and his wife, Lynn Johnson.

And she looked at me.

And the chancellor looked at me.

And I said, stand up.

Stand up.

10 minutes later, somebody told the emcee

that really Lynn Johnson was my wife and not Dr. Richards'


But she says she enjoyed very much the 10 minutes

of being married to you, so [CHUCKLES] thank you

for that honor.

Today, graduates, is obviously your day.

But for the regents, we know that one

of the reasons you're here is because you

have outstanding faculty members to help you.

And while it's a great day for the graduates,

one of the finest days for any teacher

is to see their students graduate.

So to all of the teachers, all of the faculty members,

my thanks to you for the work that you do.

The regents are pleased to offer annually a medal for Excellence

in Teaching.

This year's awardee at Kapi'olani Community College

has been here since 2001.

He's got a bachelor's and master's degree in English.

His favorite food is sushi.

His favorite school is KCC.

Today, he's super happy because he

looks like Professor Snape from Harry Potter.

From Mililani, would Davin Kubota,

please come forward and accept this recognition.


Members of the KCC and UH system,

I graciously accept this award to pay homage

to all of my fellow teachers, past and present, the KCC

'ohana, particularly all of the unsung heroes on campus, staff,

and coworkers, who make my job and the jobs of so

many people at the college so much easier and so much

better and warm.

I would especially like to thank my parents and grandparents,

who sacrificed so much of their lives and their dreams

to contribute to my own success.

Class of 2016, I encourage you to think

about how you define success.

Is it only about the money, or is it something more?

Is it something deeper?

Look at all of the faces in the actual convention center today.

Their faces are so full of hope and dreams

for you and for our larger 'ohana.

So my last Snape secret to you-- because I'm from Mililani;

that's how we roll.

I have no idea where you're going, but straight up,

just give 'em.

Thank you very much.


Thank you, regents.

And congratulations to Davin Kubota.

This year, we also have a winner of the Frances Davis

Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

We are honored to have Vice President for Community

Colleges John Morton and Vice President for Research

and Innovation Vassilis Syrmos to present this award.

And I will introduce to you Vice President Morton.


The Frances Davis Award is a memorial to the late Frances

Davis, who for 19 years taught mathematics at UH Manoa

and is one of the founding faculty of Leeward Community


She was an inspirational teacher of mathematics.

And recipients of this award are likewise,

recognized for their dedication and excellence

in teaching undergraduates.

Whenever a student starts their nomination

of a faculty for excellence with the words,

"He was really hard, but--" you know

you're in for something special, and that

is the case of this year's recipient of the Frances Davis

Award, Dr. Will Jonen, professor in anatomy and physiology.


As one of his students stated, "Dr. Jonen stands alone

as the single most inspirational teacher I have had.

He consistently demonstrates a high level

of expectations for his students,

in combination with an equally high level of support

and concern for our learning.

His mastery of anatomy and physiology, his ability

to impart information in a clear and insightful way,

his enthusiasm, and his high expectations

are preparing me for success in the future."

Dr. Jonen develops this passion for learning in his students

through his unconditional support and his efforts

in creating the best learning environment.

One of his colleagues noted that he's

transformed the entire zoology curriculum to make it more

current, dynamic, engaging.

He found the previous materials to be outdated and, frankly,


So he just rewrote it all and has

become a leader in the design of the flipped classroom approach

at KCC.

He, himself, states, "My students' success is not

about what I know and how beautifully I can explain it.

It's about what the student knows

and how well he or she can explain it."

Dr. Jonen embraces the motto of KCC,

{?_[LATIN] For himself and his students,

I'm happy to present the 2016 Frances Davis Award

to Professor Will Jonen.


Thank you to Vice Presidents Morton and Syrmos,

and congratulations to Dr. will Jonen.

I would now like to introduce our Student Congress President,

William [? Aranevis, ?] to say a few words.


And, Will, this is what you get to say [? afterwards. ?]

Thank you, Louise, for the introduction.

As I thought about what to say on this celebratory day,

I am reminded of the many people who have helped us

along the way to graduate.

Although not all of them may be here with us today,

they are still a part of the journey.

And I would like for us to take a moment to individually

reflect and recognize those who have contributed

to your journey.

As a student from a community college,

it is those family members, hanai family, classmates,

friends, instructors, and counselors and supporters

that we surround ourselves with that

have helped us to get to this day of graduating,

along with our individual perseverance that have allowed

us to accomplish this goal.

I hope that it'll permit us to move along

our path in achieving whatever it is we hope and dream for.

Furthermore, it is my hope that by achieving this milestone,

it has allowed us to grow as individuals

and become better contributing members of society.

It is not only the classroom experience

that is a place for learning but the various clubs and charter

student organizations on campus that

have fostered student leadership and networking opportunities.

Over the past two years, the Student Congress

has grown into such an organization that

has allowed myself and other student leaders the opportunity

to better advocate and represent our constituents

at the campus, system, and state levels.

I recall a speech I gave in the fall 2015 commencement.

I had stated that there was a sentiment that the student

voice had been lost.

I stand here today, not only to be probably graduating

from Kapi'olani Community College

but to say the student voice has returned to our campus.

I leave, knowing that there will be a bright future of change.

And I'm excited to see what future student

leaders of Kapi'olani Community College

will be able to accomplish.

It has been an honor, privilege, and pleasure

to serve the students of this campus.

At this time, I would like to invite the valedictorian

speaker-- well, the valedictorian speaker

is traditionally chosen from among the graduates who

have completed their degree with a cumulative grade point

average of 4.0, a straight-A student.

This year, the class valedictorian

is Ning "Chelsie" Wang.

Please welcome our 2016 valedictorian speaker

to the podium and deliver her address

to our graduating class.

Thank you.



There's, like, way more people here

than there was at rehearsal.

Welcome, fellow 2016 Kapi'olani Community College graduates.

And welcome, families, friends, distinguished guests, faculty,

and staff.

Thank you for joining us on this auspicious occasion.

My name is Chelsie, and I am representing

the voices of the graduating class of 2016.

Graduation is a time that brings lots of emotions,

whether it be joy, excitement, sorrow, or relief.

It is a bittersweet time of our lives,

as we are able to see the next new chapter of our lives

unfold while simultaneously closing the previous.

I came to KCC during my senior year in high school

through the Running Start program.

Originally, I had planned to attend KCC for only that one

year and then transfer to UH Manoa

after I graduated high school.

However, I found myself soon changing my plans

when I fell in love with the campus,

met wise and accomplished professors,

and had the opportunity to make a lifelong friends.

The stereotype that community colleges are not

as distinguished as universities is just that-- a stereotype.

The cheaper tuition and the smaller class size

made for a much easier transition from high school

to university.

Without KCC, I would not have gotten the foundation I needed

to pursue a degree at UH Manoa.

I went on to pursue a bachelor's degree at UH Manoa

and had the foundation of KCC's AA degree to get me started.

I graduated with my Associate in Arts in fall of 2015

and transferred to UH Manoa to pursue my bachelor's degree.

Yesterday, I got my bachelor's in social work at UH Manoa's

Stan Sheriff Center.

And without KCC, I wouldn't have been able to say that.

Kapi'olani Community College gave me a good start,

and now I'm back for a strong finish.

I'd be lying if I had said I registered, paid,

and earned my education here at KCC and UH by myself.

I want to thank my teachers, my professors, my friends,

but most of all, my parents.

They emigrated from China, giving up

everything that they had had so that I could have more.

This next bit is going to be in Chinese.


Mom, Dad, I am forever in your debt.

Thank you so much for everything that you have done for me.

Because of you two, I am able to say that I am

proud of the person I am today.

I am proud to say that I have two hardworking,

dedicated, and supportive parents

by my side during this chapter in my life and no doubt

during the following ones.

I would also like to give my thanks to Sheldon [? Tawata. ?]

He supported me from day one when I registered

for the Running Start program and have been supporting me

ever since.

Thank you.

We hear this so much it's become a cliche, but life is short.

So make sure you say your thanks and give your love

while you can.

We only live once, but if we do it right,

once is more than enough.

And to you fellow graduates, I can't stand up here and give

life advice, but these are a few things

that I have heard on my journey that may be helpful for you.

We often get roped up in the craziness of life

that we forget about ourselves.

Don't forget to take some time for yourself in a while,

whether that be an afternoon at the beach or a week back home.

Make sure you take care of your own physical, mental,

and emotional health so that you can be the best you.

With that being said, be courageous,

and say yes to life.

Yesterday, at the Stan Sheriff Center,

the student speaker there reminded us

that motivational speaker Tony A. Gaskins had once said,

"If you don't build your own dreams,

someone else will gladly hire you to build theirs."

Take the most out of life so you're not

left wondering, what if.

But at the same time, don't forget to give back, as well.

Just like how we had mentors and loved

ones that helped us find the way,

we can one day take on that role and be the one

to make a difference.

And if you don't think that you can

make a difference in the world, just

keep in mind that one drop of rain will raise the ocean.

Thank you.


Do I exit this way?

Yep, you can go this way.

Thank you, Chelsie.

Chelsie's the wave of the future--

started college in high school, finishes two degrees in one

academic year.

Plus, she's got the best shoes so far.

I have a great seat back here to watch people's shoes,

and so far, Chelsie, you win the shoe contest.

Next on our agenda is the alumnus speaker.

And this afternoon, we are pleased to welcome

distinguished KCC alum.

We're profoundly proud of all our graduates,

but it's a bonus to see one of our former students on TV

each night.

Justin Cruz attended Kapi'olani Community College

after moving to Honolulu from Guam in the late 1990s.

With an accomplished career in both radio and television news,

Justin Cruz is now the weather anchor for KHON 2 News at 5:00,

6:00, 9:00, and 10:00 PM.

It is an honor to welcome him today.



That's a lot of hours.


Hi, everyone.

Before I get started, because it is kind of my job

and people ask me all the time, ladies and gentleman,

tomorrow's weather forecast--


--will be partly cloudy, scattered windward

and [INAUDIBLE] showers, and trades 10 to 20 miles per hour.


Take that forecast and extrapolate it

for the next 10,000 years, and you won't need me anymore, OK?

Thank you so much for welcoming me today.

Before I begin, I want to recognize you

and you, to my left and right, the KCC class of 2016.

The reason why, of course, we're all here

is to celebrate you and only you.

This is your time.

This is your day.

And this is (SINGING) your moment.

I'm not going to sing because that'll emotionally

scar you here today.

But I want to quickly thank not only you but also your families

for this special moment.

And for those watching the live stream,

we want to say hello to you.

And of course, in this day of social media,

everything gets posted all over the place,

so feel free to post.

In fact, if you don't mind, I'd like

to do a little selfie with you because this is 2010.

Just give me a quick second on the right here.


On the left.


And you in the audience.


All right.

Got that out of the way.

So yeah, a shout out to the live stream and the overflow room

for people who just got here.

And I do want to remind you that I do control the weather.

So if any of you fall asleep, I'm

going to be like that Avenger guy, Thor,

and zap you with some lightning here today to wake you up.

Either that, or if you do fall asleep,

we're just going to Snapchat it and then put you

on [? Blast ?] on social media.

Today, I want to thank and acknowledge

a few esteemed individuals-- KCC Chancellor Leon Richards, here

with us today; also University of Hawaii Board of Regents

Chair Randolph Moore and regents Benjamin Kudo and Stanford

Yuen, who are here today; University of Hawaii Vice

President for Community College John Morton;

representative Calvin Say, who's sitting right next to me

in the front.

University of Hawaii Vice President

for Research and Innovation Vassilis Syrmos is here.

And the KCC Graduation Committee--

there's a lot of people in that committee.

But I've worked with Merrissa Brechtel and Kawehi Sellers.

Thank you for having me here today.

400 graduates-- over 400 graduates here

with degrees from Associates in Arts to Associates in Science,

certificates of achievement, certificates of competence,

advanced professional certificates,

and academic subject certificates.

And I admit, I'm kind of nervous right now speaking to you

at this commencement.

And it's not the fact that there's a lot of people

here because every week, I speak to 353,000 people on TV.

It's the fact that I also am a KCC student

and was there with you.

And so this is kind of nerve-wracking for me

because now I'm like, wow, this is happening for me.

I did move here to Hawaii from Guam to go to KCC.

I lived in the UH dorms.

And what I would do every morning

was leave the UH dorms on my brother's moped,

go down Waialae Avenue, up Koko Head,

Pahoa, and then to Ocean View, and arrive at KCC every day.

I walked your footsteps-- in your footsteps--

from the admission office to the cafeteria

to the library-- everything.

I've fought for parking stalls at KCC, just like you did.

By the way, parking is very good at KCC.

Just wait till you go UH.

You still have to fight for those stalls,

but they'll be there for you if you get there early enough.

But my best mental picture of KCC

was leaving class in the afternoon, opening that door,

looking outside-- sunny afternoon.

I'd see beautiful Koko Head right in front of me.

And then I'd turn to my right and see Diamond Head.

And I just couldn't believe that I was at this beautiful campus.

I felt like at home, right on that campus,

with my classmates, with my teachers, with the faculty.

It's a very special place that you feel like you belong

and that wants you and you want.

That just doesn't fall on your lap, at least not for me.

And that leaves me with the [? poi ?] and [? lau lau ?]

of what I want to say today about my learning experience.

I hope that you enjoy the thrill of being successful

but also the learning experience that you can get from failure.

Let's talk about failure first.

I've had my share of failure, and there's plenty more

to come in my life, I'm sure.

I know it sounds grim, but in my experience,

failure is a big part of life.

Sometimes we fail other people.

Sometimes we fail our relationships.

Sometimes we fail ourselves by doing

or by not doing what we know could be our full potential.

I have failed some goals for myself--

for example, when I didn't pass a class because I was lazy.

How many of you have done that before?

See, a few of you are honest.

I like that.

Or when I was just six merit badges

away from becoming an Eagle Scout,

and I didn't become an Eagle Scout because I got a car

and instead of driving to the scouting meeting,

I'd make a detour and go hang out with my friends instead--

just a few examples.

In my early years as a radio DJ, I was passed up on a promotion

that I thought I was ready for and deserved.

Sometimes things like that happen.

Even some of the most successful people you've heard of

have had some taste of failure.

Let me give you an example.

Thomas Edison, the guy who made the light bulb,

he said, "I have not failed.

I just found 10,000 ways that didn't work."

Elvis Presley, king of rock and roll, he was told, boy,

you ain't going nowhere, son.

You ought to go back to driving a truck.

Michael Jordan says this.

"I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career.

I've lost 300 games.

26 times, I've been entrusted to take the winning game shot,

and I missed.

I have failed over and over and over again in my life,

and that is why I succeed."

Two more for you.

Abraham Lincoln, he entered the military as an enlisted private

and then left as an officer captain.

He, of course, eventually became a congressman,

and we all know him because he's a great president.

But he had numerous setbacks and failures.

Last one example I wanted to tell you about.

Harry Potter fans-- JK Rowling, she

was a divorced mother on welfare,

going to school, trying to write a book in her spare time.

She says this.

She said this at Harvard.

"Failure meant stripping away all of the inessential.

I stopped pretending to myself that I

was anything other than what I was and began

to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that

mattered to me.

If I had succeeded at anything else,

I might have never found the determination

to succeed in the one area where I truly belong.

"I was set free because my greatest

fear had been realized, and I was still alive.

I still had a daughter whom I adored,

and I had an old typewriter and a huge idea.

So rock bottom became a solid foundation

on which I rebuilt my life."

JK Rowling, Harry Potter.

Let's talk about success for a quick minute and maybe

what is not success.

Success is not being internet famous.

It's not about how many people follow your social media


It's not about money in the bank.

What is this?

I really struggled with this meaning of success.

It's a harder concept to grasp versus failure because there

are very few absolutes, and it's always changing.

What's successful now, it's changing later.

But maybe success, as far as I can see, is this definition.

Be known for good things.

Maybe it's because you get to work earlier

and you leave later after everyone else at work.

Maybe it's because you have attention to detail, never

rest on your laurels, and maybe it's

because you're constantly learning.

My first taste of success was when

I was very young-- second grade, 8 years old.

My dad and my family own a pest control company.

My dad teaches me how to kill a rat.

I set a trap, and I kill a rat.

And my dad says to me, good job, son.

You're the best rat killer on Guam.

I had that title growing up all through high school,

but it was my first success.

It was the first time my dad recognized me in that way,

and I knew I made him proud.

Rest in peace, Dad.

But it's little things like that.

Be known for good things that you will always remember

and that you can look back on and be proud of.

Sometimes success doesn't have a clear road map.

You can't just pop up Waze and drive there.

But it's inside of you, for sure.

When I stepped on the campus at KCC in the '90s,

I had no idea where I was headed.

I had already been a radio DJ on Guam.

I thought I would take the business track

and eventually maybe even become a lawyer.

I had no idea that eventually I would go back

to full-time radio and then go on to work in KHON 2 News.

When KHON 2 News contacted me to be a weather anchor,

I was really scared because I knew one of two things

was going to happen.

Number one, I was going to fit into the team

and have a good career sitting next to my mentor, Joel

[? Moore. ?] The other thing that was going to happen

was I was going to crash and burn very publicly.

And that scared the lights out of me.

Thankfully, I didn't crash and burn.

I've been there almost 10 years now.

And honestly, it took me about a year

to get comfortable being in front of a camera,

as opposed to a microphone.

So 10 years later, on this special day for the graduates,

it will be partly cloudy tomorrow

with scattered windward and Mauka showers.

In fact, I'm going to say that tonight again

when I go to work, if you're watching on TV.

Again, there is no roadmap.

Just learn from the past.

Work hard for your future.

And here we are today, another chapter

written in your book of life, with what

we hope will be one of many achievements.

So what do I ask you to do for me, please?

Be careful with your decisions.

I don't want to see you on the news or at least your mug shot

on the news.

I want to see pictures of you doing well

because you're experts in the medical, culinary field,

educational field, business field, hospitality,

Hawaiian culture, IT-- whatever it is.

I want to see you, and I want you to be

known for the good things.

I'd love to hear about all the good from your future

so that you can honor your family, the state of Hawaii,

and, of course, your country, but most importantly

for yourself.

Learn from the bad times.

Celebrate humbly when you have good times,

and don't look back.

It's all about the future and the exciting journey ahead.

Congratulations, graduates, and God bless.

And remember, learn from your failures,

and be known for good things.

Thank you, folks.


Thank you, Justin Cruz.

That was great.

Before we present the graduating class of 2015-2016,

I'd like to recognize a few of our outstanding scholars.

As you watch the graduates come across the stage,

you'll notice that some of them have additional adornments.

The students wearing white stoles

are the co-valedictorians who have a cumulative GPA of 4.0.

Gold cords are worn by students who

are graduating with honors, having

earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5.

Students who wear gold stoles with gold tassels

are Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members.

They have a cumulative GPA of 3.0, at least.

Our military veterans are wearing red, white,

and blue cords.

Silver stoles are worn by the ASKCC Student Congress

members, the official student voice of Kapi'olani Community


May I ask all of these outstanding scholars

to please rise for a moment and be recognized.


Up, up, up.

Look at them all.

Thank you.

You do us proud.

And while we are acknowledging our stellar students,

I'd like to ask the Kapi'olani faculty to stand

and be recognized.

And graduates, feel free to applaud them

because they have been your partners in this learning


Will the faculty please rise?


You totally rock.

And now the moment we've been waiting for,

to present the class of 2015-2016.

We will first honor the students who have earned

special academic distinctions.

And they will be followed by the graduates, introduced

by their respective programs.

Our readers tonight-- this afternoon, sorry--

are Lisa Bright, who is a lecturer in communications;

Wesley Maekawa, counselor for nursing--


Oh, OK.

Wesley got fans.

Nawa'a Napoleon, chair of languages, linguistics,

and literature; and Cheri Souza, who

is a counselor for health sciences and emergency

medical services students.

So they're getting ready.

We ask that you please hold your applause until all

the graduates have been called.

I have to say that, but I know you're not

going to pay attention.


Please remain in your seats during this process.

Will the valedictorian graduates please rise and move forward

to receive your diploma?

These are students who have all maintained a cumulative 4.0

GPA throughout their academic career

at Kapi'olani Community College.

And will the graduates for the Associate

in Arts in Hawaiian Studies also rise and move forward?

Ready to go.

Take it away.

We're also calling to the stage those distinguished individuals

will be giving out the diplomas--

Dean for Health Education Programs, Dr.

Patricia O'Hagan; Dean for the Culinary, Hospitality,

and Business, Legal, and Technology Programs,

Chef John Richards; Vice Chancellor for Student



--Brenda Ivelisse; and Dean of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Maria


The following valedictorians are being

recognized for their completion of the Associate in Arts,

Liberal Arts.

Ning Wang.

Joakim Palmkvist.

Lenisse Guimaraes.

Peter Nguyen.

The following valedictorians are being recognized

for their completion of the Associate in Arts, Hospitality

and Tourism.

Raven Petersen.



[? Kasha ?] Olszewska.

The following valedictorian is being recognized

for completion of the Certificate of Achievement,

Hospitality and Tourism.

Akira Muramoto.

The following valedictorian is being recognized for completion

of the Certificate of Competence, Emergency Medical


Dane Furutani.

The following valedictorian is being recognized

for completion of the Advanced Professional

Certificate, Culinary Arts.

Rachael Teves.

The following valedictorian is being

recognized for completion of the Associate in Science, New Media


Ashley Jean Abalos.

The following valedictorian is being recognized

for completion of a Certificate of Achievement,

Retail Management.

Rinalda Saluz.

The following valedictorian is being

recognized for completion of the Associate in Science, Natural


Ying Kit Chui.


And these are the graduates for Associate

in Arts in Hawaiian Studies.

Sheralynn Humel.

Marlene Kekumu-Marino.


The following candidates are being

recognized for their completion in the Associate in Arts,

Liberal Arts.

Carlos da Silva II.

Rocky Kajioka.

Tristyn Nicole Besas.

Patricia [? Deluna. ?]

Andrew Wong.

Brandon [? Cabreros. ?]

Isaiah Cheuk.

Yu Chiao Chen.

William Arenivas.

[? Hua ?] [? Lee. ?]

Domingo Ruiz.

Haruka Ishigami.


Takana Shimabukuro.

Waverly Sahagun.

Shino Ichiki.

Yixing Zheng.

Himawari Valencia.

Cheryl Miyahara.

Quinn Daluz.

[? Lilia ?] [? Tachikawa. ?]

Yuri Kimura.

Wayne Glenn.

Yukie Iga.

[? Shogo ?] [? Hinoshita. ?]

[? Shondra ?] [? Condren ?] [? Migliorato. ?]

Lavinia Hau.

[? Serena ?] [? Osuwega. ?]

Brianna Driscoll.

Kirsten Carpenter Brenner.

Julia Andaya.

Irene Paz Manuel.

Chikako Hosaka.

Suzi Yuk.

Haruna Furuyama.

Glenn Jeffrey Galimba.

[? Gwenn ?] Jane Antonio.

Trinity-Nikol Mariano.

Rayden Siadore.

How you say that? [INAUDIBLE].

Katherine Wong.

Chelsea Casil.

Micarah Drake.

Courtnie Tilomai Alohamakanamalie O Ka La Poti.

Yunqi Han.

Sky Carino.

Ayasa Lisenbee.

Pi'ikea Lewis.

Mari Kawasaki.

Thien Luu.

Chung Yiu Joey Hui.

Sarah Lampley.

Yingmin Tan.

Leslie Flint.

Prystan Kainoa Viluan.

Cherolyn Morton.

Cristine Natividad.

Mikhail Christman.

David Christopher Maicach.

Vu Phan.

Haruki Sato.

Yo Yamazaki.

Munseon Jo.

Mark Felizar.

Brian Ali.

Daniel Navarro.

Stephanie Flores.

Yumeno Ishimura.

Amber Opperman.

Kaori Goto.

Constance Barton.

Yoshinori Tamukai.

Honami Iwatani.

Eisei Shigeta.

Austin Tomasu.

Youjeong Jo.

Tomohiro Suzuki.

Dale London.

Rui Tanaka.

Raymond Belcher.

Tiffany Crane.

Yoshiko Chiba.


Jonglim Moon.

Dionne Cambia.

Kyoko Mochiyama.

Brianna Ige.

Mizuki Takashima.

Arrod Richard Idrigue.

Momoko Irie.

[? Gilda ?] [INAUDIBLE] Patu.

Mako Nitta.

Mutsumi Ito.

Haruka Kukisaki.

Riko Izaki.

Aoba Kobayashi.

Natsuki Onizuka.

Akari Shimmitsu.

Taito Itateyama.

Sei Furukobo.

Yuto Ikesawa.

Chikako Sasaki.

Joki Higa.

Chika Kato.

Phuong Vo.

Maria [? Benes ?] [? Bagalor. ?]

Sachie Kubota.

Satomi Hara.

Yumi Oya.

Haruka Kuratate.


Shiho Toyoda.

Yumi Kobayashi.

Aya Okazaki.

JongHyun Lee.

Ryo Sugimura.

Hyun Jung Kim.

[? Jumpei ?] Narasaki.

Miki Tominaga.

Daisuke Shimizu.

Hinako Suyama.

Dustin Snodgrass.

Dawn Wilsher.

The following candidates are being recognized

for their completion of the Associate in Science, Natural


Raphaela Che.

Honour Booth.

Peter Maningat.

Christian Dave Lagat.

Eda Lisiak.

Geena Wann-Kung.

Lionel Antonio.

Cody Shinsato.

Jennifer Tran.

Shekina Rumbaoa.

Justyn Dela Cruz.

Shaina Young.

The following candidates are being recognized

for their completion of the Associate

in Science of Media Arts.

Christine Kate Salaga.

Joanne Shin.

Joshua Garrison.

Antoine Vuong.

Mark Kamaura.

Bryson Pomaikai Baqui.

Mayu Watanabe.

Tessie Kamalu Keliikuli-Peters.

The following candidates are being

recognized for their completion of the Associate in Science,


Earvin Joven.

Eliot Yamamoto.

Lester Brillo.

Hongbin Huang.

Brett Angell.

Sharla Lee Hayes.

Jocel Siapno.

Emi Inoue.

Panjamaporn Cochran.

Atsumi Kosugi.

Kukuna Nakanishi.

Brandy Shumate.

Alyona Martinez.

Liz Robley.

Hoa Quang.

[? Yung ?] Pham.

Guanqing Li.

Jennifer Namba.

Xiaoyun Li.

Yi Shan Wang.

Yan Yan Mo.

The following candidate is being recognized

for the completion of the Associate in Science,


Diana Nguyen.

The following candidates are being

recognized for their completion of the Associate in Science,


April Domingo.


Shinobu Will.

Piilani [? Vahineya ?] Smith.

Lehua Saturnio.

Savion Brackeen.

Carmen Soria.

The following candidates are being recognized

for their completion of the Associate in Science,

Information Technology.

Geraldine Flores.

Dustin VanHouten.

Casey Tarape.

Yuma Towns.

Chad [? Rose. ?]

The following candidates are being recognized

for their completion of the Associate in Science, Medical


Michelle Barroga.

Eva Costa.

Sharice Bush.

Latanya Edwards.

Alayna Cantillo.

Rachael James.

Mary Leivi Piso.

Shauna Kuroiwa.



Ashleey Tajiri.

Beverly Seares.


Cheyrelle Supnet.

Samantha Swarens.

The following candidates are being recognized

for their completion of the Certificate of Achievement,

Medical Assisting.

Britney Castro.

Keanu Ho Xu.

The following candidates are being recognized

for the completion of the Associate in Science

in Medical Laboratory Technician.

Lorainne Pascual.

Maya Rohfeld.

Glorisa Blanco.

Que Tram Le.

The following candidates are being recognized

for their completion of the Associate

in Science, Mobile Intensive Care Technician.

Kanani Adams.

[? Kaipo ?] [? Hayashida. ?]

Mark Dominc Palting.

Daniel Pomerantz.

The following candidates are being recognized

for their completion of the Certificate of Competence,

Emergency Medical Technician.

Jordan Clapson.

Scot Park.

The following candidates are being recognized

for their completion of the Associate in Science,

Occupational Therapy Assistant.

Lia Katherine Agliam.

Kari Livanec.

Mia Karina Jose.

Sarah Shaw.

[? Christy ?] [? Chen. ?]

Jeffrey Brown.

Kelsey Hirokawa.

Jeremy Kamakaala.

Cassidy Kealohilani Bayot.

Emily Parker.

Vanessa Victoria Villa.

The following candidate is being recognized

for completion of the Certificate of Competence,

Dental Assisting.

Keya Holden.

To the right.

The following candidates are being recognized

for their completion of the Associate in Science,

Respiratory Care.

Rae Ann Ancheta.

Bret Nunes.

Shannon Caraulia.

Chrisanthi Yamauchi.

Erica Lauren Balacy.

Jennifer Junk.

Sandra Baik.

Jerard Taira.

Kehaulani Grace.

Bryson Mitchell.

Michael Carl Miguel.

Lovely Joy Pascua.

Arlene Valion.

Editha Domingo.

Yay, Editha.

Rowan Gragas.

Bryan Crump.

The following candidates are being recognized

for their completion of the Associate in Science,

Radiologic Technology.

Brenton Ogasawara.

Bryan Crump.

Rachel Lum.

Samantha Chavez.

Jamie Fung.

Kayla Kou.

Jesse Stetson.

Jennifer Anderson.

Waverly Ann Kaukeano.

The following candidates are being recognized

for their completion of the Certificate of Competence,

Pharmacy Technician.

Kuulei Bailey.

Tiana Edrada-Kaheaku.

Darcie Vea.


Lorvielyn [? Kaiatano. ?]

Crystalyn Almogela-Topinio.

Keiko Shimoji-Lentz.

Camille [? Ariana ?] Galang.

Delmer James Esteban.

[? Tiandra ?] [? Vittorino. ?]

Janice Parks.

Leilani [? Melegrito ?]

Mae Angelica Domingo.

The following candidates are being recognized

for their completion of the Certificate of Competence

in Surgical Technology.

Brent Motonaga.

Jamie Lynn Atayde.

Trevor Young.

Shanelle Cateil.

Maile Lei Wong.

The following candidates are being recognized

for their completion of the Certificate of Competence

in Phlebotomy.

Steven Narrance.

Marjaneh Manayan.

The following candidates are being recognized

for their completion of the Certificate of Competence,

Massage Therapy.

[? Angeline ?] Walshduffy.

Ruben Nicholas [INAUDIBLE] Sioxson.

The following candidates are being recognized

for their completion of the Associate in Science, Physical

Therapy Assistant.

Elisabeth Thatcher.

Lauren Ruiz.

Kamalei Ah New.

Kristine Mayeda.

The following candidates are being

recognized for their completion of the Associate in Science

in Nursing.

Wilson Fong.


Todd Shumway.

Marvin Berueda

Christine Sasano.

Jennifer Mariano.

Rachel Pascual.

Reina Fujiwara.

Katherine Casey.

Kanani [? Hiu. ?]

Marilyn Carter.

[? Alona ?] [? Valboha. ?]


Christine Rombawa.

Malulani Kelly.

Anthony Paguyo.

The following candidates are being recognized

for their completion of the Certificate of Achievement,

Practical Nursing.

Kelly Hammock.

LeaAnn Oribello.

Kate Sandy Espejo.

Alyssa Dawn Cuevas.

Marlyn Hertrich.

Ryan Furomoto.

Kimberlyn Kuamoo-Pavao.

Trieu-Chau Phan.

Regina Reyes.

The following candidates are being recognized

for their completion of the Associate in Science, Culinary


Joachim Bocanegra.

Tyler Ogawa.

Tawnie Skaggs.

Joseph Bradner.

Richard Domingo.

Kenneth Fong.

Erica Leiko Kauilani Santos.

Christopher Simeon.

Jacqueline Agregado.

Tori-May Tajiri.

Christian Rae Wong.

Tyler Kunishige.

Jeremy David.

Keira Baker.

Jovenard Mapanao.

Kristen Alexander.

Jonovan Johanes.

Lance Mendes.

Mark Potter.

Dann Jecyl Adona.

John Patrick Maddela.

Brook Hoapili.

Austin Ramos.

Shanelle Hernando.

Ceasar Ian Paguirigan.

Skye Kaohu-Scorse.

Jacob Bonilla.

Justine Gampong.

Louisa Kabutaulaka.

Seyna McArthur.

Kathryn Pagaragan.

Arisa Liss.

Beverly Wing Yin Luk.

Richelle Herreria.

Kimberly Lim.

Kate Crishna Mercado.

Qihao Tan.

Kristen Iizaki.

Adam Pactol.

The following candidates are being recognized

for their completion of the Certificate of Achievement,

Culinary Arts.

Natsumi Fujii.

Renz Michael Pilar.

The following candidates are being recognized

for their completion of the Certificate of Competence,

Culinary Arts.


Jonah Saribay.

Kyle Ida.

Mayra Salazar.

Nam Chi Anoche.

Lauren Feldberg.

The following candidates are being recognized

for their completion of the Associate in Science,

Hospitality and Tourism.

Maricris Escobar.

Rita Barrientos.

Debbie Escobar.

Ruannah Bautista.

Glenda Villanueva.

Shanalei Bolusan.

Davian Abe.

Trisha Patao.

Juan Marcos Alarcon.

Shermaine Jane Salvador.

Cathy Truong.

Keelekealohanokapuaihilani Ching.

[? Cory ?] [? Chung. ?]

Ram Panchal.

Jamaica Peralta.

Kanani Merseburgh.

Brad Yamaguchi.

Mina Shimizu.

Anqi Cai.

Kelly Huang.

Xiaohu Ye.

Anna Huertas.

Roland [? J. ?] Tugade Jr.

Edward Galiza.

[? Ann ?] [? Win. ?]

Fanny Urquijo.

Reina Kichise.

John Fukunaga.

Min Ji Lee.

Tomomi Louie.

Jiyeon Park.

Marina Tamagawa.

Hinata Oe.

Carmela Go.

Reo Kitano.

Ralph Allan De La Pena.

[? Ana ?] [? Niowaki. ?]

Rina Takizawa.

Miku Inoue.

Rena Kobayashi.

Nozomi Hashi.

Chika Suganuma.

Right over here.

The following candidates are being recognized

for their completion of the Certificate of Achievement,

Hospitality and Tourism.

Yuko Tashiro.

Anelise Ferreira Passos.

Marin Nakachi.

Ryuichi Imamura.

Haruka Sugiyama.

Thank you, name readers, and thank you,

diploma distributors.


May I ask Chancellor Richards to stay on the stage, please.


The rest of you are dismissed.

Thank you very much.

One last special honor.

Many students choose Kapi'olani to start their academic degree.

And today, they're graduating.

But there are many others who will bypass graduation


The University of Hawaii system offers

to students who start at a community college

and transfer to UH Manoa, UH Hilo, or UH-West Oahu

the opportunity to earn their associate degree, even

after they've transferred.

Credits earned at the four-year institution

can be transferred back to the community college

for what we call a reverse transfer.

Our valedictorian speaker, Chelsie,

is one of those reverse-transfer graduates.

She was awarded her liberal arts degree in the fall semester

with credits that she earned at UH Manoa.

And then the next semester, now she's

a graduate in a baccalaureate degree in social work.

Today, we have one more student who by reverse transfer

is also receiving his KCC Associate of Arts

in Liberal Arts degree with a concentration in business


Justin Cruz, please come to the stage

and receive your Kapi'olani degree

from Chancellor Richards.




It's a long journey for some.

At this time, I'd like to call our valedictorian, Chelsie

Wang, to the front and center to lead the ceremonial tassel


Chelsie to the stage, and all the graduates, get ready.

It's your moment.







Ladies and gentlemen, it is my great honor

to present to you Kapi'olani Community College's graduating

class of 2015-2016.



Congratulations to all.

Before we close, Kapi'olani Community College

would like to give a sincere and big mahalo

to our partners, the Hawaii Convention Center;

Aaron Ichiki, senior event manager;

Lois Asato, senior sales manager;

Mia Youth, catering manager; and Sharla Mack, sales coordinator.

We also would like to thank John Shenck from Custom Audio,

Heath Lopez from Projection Hawaii,

Mike Browning from Pacific Direct Connect,

and our wonderful IT team, who recorded

this event live this afternoon.

A very big mahalo to all of our many volunteers

and our planning committee for putting together this event.

And a special thanks to Mel Jadulang and Merrissa Brechtel,

who did the logistics so well.

Now, it is time.

Will the faculty, staff, and volunteers

please move forward and line up along the walkway

to honor the graduates as they make their exit as graduates

of Kapi'olani Community College?

Families and friends, please remain

seated until the last graduate has left the room.

Then you may meet your graduate at the appropriate alphabet

letter in the room next door.

Graduates, this is my time to congratulate you

on your achievements.

And we wish you much success in your future endeavors.

Thank you for making Kapi'olani Community

College your college of choice.

You are now, and forever, a part of our KCC 'ohana.

And a mahalo to all of your family and friends

for joining us today.

Please enjoy this celebration with your new graduates,

and please make sure you get home safely this evening.

And now, I'd like to invite valedictorian Chelsie

Wang to begin the recessional.

All graduates, please stand.

You've been standing for quite a long time.

Please stand to begin the recessional.

Good afternoon to all.


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