KCC celebrates graduation Friday

PUHI — Kaua‘i Community College will celebrate the conferring of 383 total degrees Friday starting at 6:15 p.m. at the KCC Performing Arts Center.

Earl Nishiguchi, vice chancellor of student affairs, said the total number of degrees reflects several students receiving multiple degrees, not the actual number of students graduating.

The commencement is an invitation-only event, but there will be space for those who want to present lei and gifts to graduates but did not get an invitation, Nishiguchi said.

“Last year, the audio-visual crew arranged to have the commencement exercises televised to monitors set up in the dining facility,” Nishiguchi said. “This year, the overflow crowd has been increased because in addition to the dining facility, monitors will be set up in the multi-purpose room at the Office of Continuing Education and Training.”

He was excited about the latest development, which will allow the public to view the commencement exercises from home through the Internet.

“There was a contractor who provided live streaming service during last year’s ceremony,” Nishiguchi said. “This year, the college will be doing its own live streaming. Visit www.kauai.hawaii.edu for the link starting Friday.”

There will be special parking arrangements in force Friday to allow for the graduates to meet their well-wishers and families following the commencement exercises.

Of the degrees, the associate in arts – liberal arts represents the largest number with 70 listed, followed by the certificate of completion in automotive mechanics technology, with 42 degrees posted.

Business technology (10), culinary arts (8), facilities engineering technology (8), hotel operations (6), and marine option program (1) round out the certificates of completion.

Nurse’s aid, with 36 degrees in the certificate of competence, leads that field followed by automotive mechanics technology (17), massage therapy (8), electronics technology (5), culinary arts (4), early childhood education (4), auto body repair and painting (4), Hawaiian studies (3), and Hawaiian Botany (1).

Practical nursing will present the largest number of certificates of achievement with 22 degrees, followed by automotive mechanics technology (10), culinary arts (8), accounting (7), and business technology (5).

Accounting leads the associate in applied science degrees with 21, followed by culinary arts (11), business technology (9), automotive mechanics technology (3) and hospitality and tourism (3).

Nursing leads the associate in science degrees with 20, followed by five in electronics technology.

Nineteen degrees will be conferred to graduates from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa through the University Center, followed by nine from the UH-West O‘ahu campus and four from UH-Hilo.

Visit www.kauai.hawaii.edu for more information on the KCC programs, as well as to view the commencement exercises via live streaming.

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