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Friday the 13th Graduates with "No Fear" Mentalities

On Friday, April 13, 2012, Hawai`i Technology Institute graduated 68 graduates in five programs for the 2011 – 2012 academic year.  The graduation celebration took place in the Lester McCoy Pavilion Auditorium located at Ala Moana Beach Park in Honolulu.

HTI board directors, faculty and staff worked together to set up and facilitate the ceremony to ensure that the graduates were given the recognition and honor due to them on this special day.  Family and friends came to show their support – complete with bouncing babies, proud parents and doting kupuna – all proud of the graduates from their lines.

Oz Stender, trustee at large and Chair of OHA’s Committee on Asset and Resource Management, was this graduation’s keynote speaker.  Oz spoke a lot about the characteristics for success that most people strive to obtain and maintain throughout their careers.  His unique sharing of clichés as formulas for success inspired and encouraged the local audience.

Iclynn Kekoa-Asperilla, a graduate in the Office Technology Management class, offered a makana / gift of hula to her class, the graduates and faculty and staff, and everyone was enthralled with her graceful performance, adding the perfect cultural touch to an evening of celebration of achievement!

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