HONOLULU (KHON2) — All that studying, cramming and all-nighters have paid off for 800 students on Saturday, December 21.
The University of Hawaii at Manoa held its 2019 mid-year commencement Saturday morning at the Stan Sheriff Center.
KHON asked a student about their thoughts on the future.
“It’s not too scary I’m pretty hopeful,” said Rachel Kapula, who graduated with a Bachelor’s in Hawaiian Studies. “We have a lot of support from a lot of people so it’s awesome just being here surrounded by all the other graduated who have done this together. So there’s a lot of hope for our future.”
According to UH Manoa, the on-time graduation rate in 2019 reached a record high, with 36.6 percent of the students who enrolled in the fall of 2015 graduating this year.
The keynote speaker was U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono.