Chancellor's Message to the Community

Aloha Kauaʻi Community College ʻOhana,

March 20, 2020

This morning, University of Hawai‘i President David Lassner made the important  announcement: “After discussions with leadership at the campuses and system level, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all traditional commencement ceremonies at UH’s 10 campuses.”

We realize this is disappointing news for you and your loved ones. Each year, our Kauaʻi Community College ʻohana looks forward to sharing in one of the most significant milestones in our students’ lives. Please rest assured that this difficult decision was made after careful deliberation and weighing of possible risks to you and your families. We share in your disappointment that this unprecedented health crisis has robbed everyone of this moment. 

Please think of this moment as delayed, and not a loss. Students who would have walked in this semester’s ceremony will have the opportunity to participate when in-person commencement resumes. We are also discussing possible alternatives to a traditional ceremony. Our community is strong, and we will come through this together.

Cancelation of commencement will not prevent graduates from earning their degree so long as they have completed all of their degree requirements.

To our soon-to-be graduates, please know how truly proud we are of all of you and all you have been able to accomplish during your time with Kauaʻi Community College. Our campus will come out of this stronger and more resilient. The strength and aloha our community has for one another will grow. I wish you and your loved ones peace and good health. 


Go to UH News for the President Lassner’s full announcement:


E mālama pono,