Keynote speaker, Ambassador (Ret.) Lauren Kahea Moriarty, 
was the first person of native Hawaiian ancestry to serve as a U.S. Ambassador

Chaminade University announced that its Fall Commencement on December 14 will include the inaugural class of the Chaminade MBA program offered in partnership with the Macau Institute of Management.

Launched in March 2014, the program constitutes the only U.S. Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree currently offered in Macau. The first class includes students from some of Macau’s prominent families, including executives from major Macau banking and financial organizations, hotels, public utilities, higher education institutions as well as commercial and industrial entities. Some of the corporations in Macau, such as Bank of China; Banco Nacional Ultramarino have provided some form of sponsorship to their employees for studying the  program, as the program is of added value to the productivity of their executives.

Chaminade president, Bro. Bernard J. Ploeger, SM, PhD, noted that the Macau MBA program would not have been possible without the initiative of alumnus, Mr. Sai Cheong Chui (’76, ’78), president of the Macau Management Association (MMA), who also serves on Chaminade’s Board of Governors and was a member of Chaminade’s first MBA class which graduated in 1978. 

The keynote speaker will be Ambassador (Ret.) Lauren Kahea Moriarty who served as US Ambassador to Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and later as Dean at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.  Moriarty has long experience in Asia and provided critical support to the China and Taiwan accessions to the World Trade Organization.  A former career U.S. diplomat, Moriarty is a committed community leader who serves on the boards of The Asia Foundation, Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, and other organizations related to international affairs and education.  Moriarty was the first person of native Hawaiian ancestry to serve as a U.S. Ambassador.

The salutatory student speakers will be Lindsey Renner (undergraduate representative), receiving her B.S. in Environmental Studies, and Alison Hanako Tanaka (post-graduate representative), receiving her M.B.A.

Approximately 246 students will graduate this semester. The ceremony will start at 7 p.m. in the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena, located at 777 Ward Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814.  The event is FREE and estimated about two hours.  Tickets are not required.  Parking at the Arena is $7. For more information, got to: www/

Celebrating 60 years of 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 programs available.. A Native Hawaiian serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816.  For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at or call (808) 735-4711. ###