KCC graduation to feature Senda as keynote speaker

Over 130 students will receive certificates and degrees at the Kaua’i Community College’s Annual Spring Commencement Exercises scheduled for Friday, May 17.

The keynote address will be given by Judge Trudy Senda. Senda was born and raised on Kaua’i, and received her Bachelor in Arts degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She was a 1983 graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law. After seven years of private law practice on O’ahu, she returned home to Kaua’i and worked at the Law Offices of Randal Valenciano.

Senda is a past chairperson of the State Land Use Commission and has served on the boards of the Hawai’i State Bar Association, Consumer Lawyers of Hawai’i and the Kaua’i Humane Society. In May 2001, Senda was sworn in as Judge of the District Court of the Fifth Circuit.

This year’s student speaker is Marikit Mariano. She emigrated from the Philippines seven years ago. She graduated with honors as Summa Cum Laude from Waimea High School. She earned her Certificate of Completion in Nurses’ Aide and Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Kaua’i Community College. Marikit served as President of the Parnantasan Club and Nursing & Business Senator for the Associated Students of Kauai Community College. She also served as Secretary for Alpha Pi Xi, Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, and Public Relations Officer for the Nursing Club. As a Hawaiian Performing Arts Club member, Marikit had the opportunity to participate in a cultural exchange program to Aotearoa, New Zealand. Marikit was the chairperson of KCC’s First KCC Easter Festival and International Education Week. Marikit will graduate with a Certificate of Achievement in Practical Nursing in July, 2002. Her future career goal is to finish her Associate Degree in Nursing from Kaua’i Community College and continue her education to work as a midwife.

The Commencement Ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall. Admission cards are required for guest admittance to the ceremony. Graduates are advised to arrive at 4 p.m. for a dress rehearsal. Doors will open for guests at 5:30 p.m.

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