Student Speakers
106th Annual Commencement Exercises
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Stan Sheriff Center

9:00 a.m. Ceremony - Catherine Brianne Gardiner

Catherine Gardiner’s early fascination with languages sparked a keen interest in diverse peoples and cultures. Realizing that she could use her passion for languages in meaningful ways, Catherine chose to major in the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa’s respected Second Language Studies program with the goal of teaching English to speakers of other languages. By teaching abroad in the Peace Corps, she hopes to not only empower her students with the linking language of English, but also build pathways to relationships and bridges between cultural perspectives. Commencement marks the culmination of her undergraduate career and the beginning of a new adventure. She is honored to represent the graduating class of Spring 2017 at the ceremony and is thankful for the support from her family, friends, and mentors who have invested in her and helped her reach this milestone.

4:00 p.m. Ceremony - Shiraz Dole