More than 2,500 University of Hawaii students participated in today’s spring graduation ceremonies, marking the university’s 105th commencement.
The class of 2016 was awarded a total of 3,166 degrees, 2,208 of which were undergraduate degrees, 915 master’s and doctorate degrees and 43 certificates of education.
During this morning’s undergraduate ceremony that ran from 9 a.m. to noon at the packed Stan Sheriff Center, keynote speaker U.S. Sen Brian Schatz commended the nearly 2,000 students for completing their studies and offered some words of wisdom — Make wise choices.
“Your real life starts now,” he said. “What really matters is not what you’ve done so far, but what you do next.”
At the advanced degree ceremony from 3 to 5 p.m. at the arena, keynote speaker Angela Davis, an activist and professor, spoke to the nearly 700 students about the importance of “post-graduate critical thinking.”
“I hope you will treasure the approaches and ways of thinking that you learned more than the facts,” she said. “Hopefully you have learned to cultivate a deep sense of place.”