Seventy-one students received higher-education degrees Friday from the University of Hawaii through the UH Center on Maui.
The graduates included engineer Michael Reiley, who received the first doctorate in engineering awarded through the UH Center program.
Reiley and five other enginners at the firm Textron Enterprises had wanted to improve their professional credentials but could not afford to leave their jobs on Maui to enroll in graduate school. The group approached University of Hawaii Maui College Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto, who helped set up a distance learning program with the university's Manoa campus for the doctoral candidates.
University of Hawaii Maui College photo
Engineer Michael Reiley stands before receiving his doctorate in engineering diploma at the UH Center commencement ceremonies Friday in the Maui Beach Hotel Elleair Ballroom. Seventy-one Maui residents were awarded bachelor’s, post-graduate and graduate degrees through the distance learning program offered at UH Maui College.
Kumu hula Hokulani Holt Padilla was commencement speaker at the ceremony in the Maui Beach Hotel Elleair Ballroom.
The UH Center offers distance learning options to students who want to work toward bachelor's degrees, post-graduate certification and graduate degrees offered by other campuses in the UH system.
Graduates for 2010 were:
Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration: Jan Alejandro, Kristina Cabbat, Janelyn Deompoc, Katherine Gotfredson, Jessica Jacinto, Meahgen Jacobson, Glen Kelly, Shannon Kino, Rosemarie Magbual, Pamela Miyagawa, Chavelle Moniz, Lisa Marie Pahia, Melanie Phillips, Abigail Pratt, Christopher Simon, Chelsea Ventura.
Bachelor of Arts, Social Sciences: Sharise Abellanida, Lisa Beck, Keli Kapu, Loralee Mauri, Michelle Mendes, Kyla Wayas, Janelle Wilson.
Bachelor of Science, Nursing: Yukiko McClure, Reina Villanueva, Kelly Yokouchi.
Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies: Giselle Ah Sing, Rena Blumberg, Polina Cambron, Margaret Campbell, Alison Jackman, Mattie Kukahiko-Kaeo, Glenn McLean, Iliahi McLean, Jamaica Ransom.
Bachelor of Education, Elementary: Lisa Chinn, Liane Pasion, Kawewehe Pundyke, Lisa Yamada.
Post Baccalaureate Certificate-Secondary Education: Lisa Natoli, Davilla Riddle, Linda Sobaje, Aki Summers, Amanda Werth, Cassandra Wormser, Eduardo Zayas-Quinones.
Post Baccalaureate Certificate-Special Education: Stacy Price.
Master of Education, Educational Technology: Ignacio Arcas, Bob Bruck, Ryan Garcia, Robert Norton.
Master of Education, Special Education: Edrian Apo, Laurel Latimer, Jaccara Lewellen Pahia, Fred Losano, Laree Mowat Pacheco, Davina Villarimo, Renee Wood.
Master of Human Resource Management: Rossel Critchlow, Jennifer Egami, Tracy Fujitani, Juliana Patao, Tracie Takatani, Yuan Xu.
Master of Social Work: Marisa Chin, Madeline Colon, Sunnie Hueu, Malissa Matsumura, Casey McAlinden, Lauren Wilson.
Doctor of Philosophy, Electrical Engineering: Michael Reiley.
*This article contains a correction from the one originally printed on May 16, 2010. The wrong company was named as the employer for Michael Reiley, based on information supplied by the school.