Chaminade University holds its 2013 Spring Commencement, May 13, at 7 p.m., in the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena. More than 400 graduates will celebrate their achievements at the event, which is free and open to the public (no tickets needed). Featured speakers include Micah A. Kāne, as keynote speaker, Christina Elizabeth Carson, salutary undergraduate speaker, and Genesis Arieta Tau, salutary graduate studies speaker. Members of the media are welcomed. For more information, go to:

Olelo will broadcast the event live on digital channel 49. For oceanic subscribers who are on analog service only, to view commencement live stream via the web, go to:

Olelo will also rebroadcast the event at the following dates, times and channel:
5/29/2013      6:00 PM        OAHU 55
5/30/2013      8:00 AM        OAHU 55
5/31/2013      10:00 PM       OAHU 55
6/4/2013       1:00 PM        OAHU 55

Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. A Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 9681, which is its main campus. It also has nine satellite locations around Oahu. Chaminade University is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and looks forward to increased opportunities to promote environmental sustainability. For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at or call (808) 735-4711. ###

Keynote Speaker:
Micah A. Kāne
Micah A. Kāne joined Pacific Links Hawai’i in November 2011 as the chief operating officer and is responsible for the company’s Hawai’i operations and future acquisitions in the islands.  Kāne also serves as a trustee for Kamehameha Schools, as well as Menlo College, and is a director on the board for Hawaiian Electric Company. His previous work experience includes being the chairman of the Hawaiian Homes Commission and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.  Kāne also served as the chairman and executive director of the Hawai’i Republican Party and prior to that was the government liaison for the Building Industry Association of Hawai’i.  Kāne is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools, Menlo College, and received his M.B.A. from the University of Hawai’i.

Salutary Undergraduate Speaker: Christina Elizabeth Carson
Christina Elizabeth Carson
was born in Bremerton, Washington to a military family.  Between elementary school and middle school, she attended schools in Hawaii, Massachusetts, and Maryland before returning to Hawaii to begin high school.  During her three years at Chaminade, Ms. Carson was the president of Alpha Phi Sigma and vice president of Delta Epsilon Iota honor societies and was also a peer mentor for the CUH 100 class.  She participated in many community service projects, including hosting a Children’s Easter Day at Chaminade in conjunction with the Keiki O Ka Aina Mentoring Program for youths with incarcerated parents.  She believes that her experiences from living in many different places and interacting with others from every background have helped her to be a more culturally understanding person.  Ms. Carson considers herself fortunate to have the love and support of her family, friends, and mentors who have encouraged her to grow and excel.

Salutary Graduate Speaker: Genesis Arieta Tau
Genesis Arieta Tau
was born and raised in American Samoa and is the oldest of three siblings.  She received her B.S. in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Chaminade in 2010.  Ms. Tau works in the Associate Provost Office at Chaminade and volunteers at Hawaii’s District Court.  She previously tutored students at St. Patrick Intermediate School.  Ms. Tau dedicates her time to community outreach programs for the homeless community.  This spring, she was inducted into the Criminal Justice Honor Society, Alpha Phi Sigma, and Iota Gamma Chapter.  She is most proud of her title of ‘Mom’ to a one-year old beautiful girl, to whom she dedicates this honor.  When she is not working on “saving the world”, you can find Genesis running, hiking, or burning up the dance floor with her salsa moves.  She plans to attend law school and work towards becoming an attorney.

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