Ka La, the graduation issue, is here

April1The April/May issue of Ka La, the student newspaper of Honolulu Community College, is now available all over campus.

In addition to the usual interesting stories about campus events and people, the final paper of the semester, also includes a complete list of those graduating or receiving certificates from the school this semester, as well as a list of all the students on the Deanʻs List for last fall.

You can pick up a copy of the newspaper at many places on campus or read it online here.

Tom Mofatt to speak at commencement

Tom Mofatt and Elvis Presley, back in the day
Tom Mofatt and Elvis Presley, back in the day

Honolulu radio personality and promoter Tom Mofatt will be the keynote speaker at commencement ceremonies for Honolulu Community College, the school has announced.  Mofatt for years has been the person bringing top name entertainers and productions to Hawaii. His list of includes everyone from Elvis Presley to Michael Jackson.

Click here to see a short video of last yearʻs commencement ceremonies.

The 2015 commencement  will be held on Friday, May 15, starting at 5:30 at the Waikiki Shell.  More than 300 students are expected to receive their degrees and certificates in the ceremony.   Gates open at 4:45 p.m.

Student speakers are Shirell Bell (Liberal Arts) and Shailanne Ah Loo (Fashion Technology). And the  schoolʻs Native Hawaiian programs will be presenting a special chant at the ceremony.


Graduation ceremonies are Friday, May 16

graduatiesHonolulu Community College will hold its spring commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 16 at the Waikiki Shell.
The ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m.  Those planning to attend are advised to get there early because parking in the area is very limited.
And if you know people who are graduating from other UH schools this semester, here’s a list of commencement activities around the state.

Saturday, May 9

UH West Oʻahu
Time: 9 a.m.
Location:UH West Oʻahu Lower Courtyard

Friday, May 15

Hawaiʻi Community College (East Hawaiʻi)
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium

Kapiʻolani Community College
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Hawaiʻi Convention Center

Kauaʻi Community College
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Vidinha Stadium Read more

Spring 2014 Academic Schedule

final exam schedule

Spring semester is coming to an end; here are some important dates to keep in mind.
May 7 Last day of instruction
May 8-9 Study period; no classes, no exams. (Not applicable to classes on Military Bases)
May 10-16 Evaluation period. Final exams.
May 16 Spring semester ends. Graduation.
May 19 Faculty deadline to submit grades for Spring 2014 via MyUH Portal by 4 p.m.

By: Michelle Beckett

‘I took a chance’ — now she’s graduating

Jasmine Tavares, right, is following in the footsteps of her son Jeremiah, who graduated from HCC last year.
Jasmine Tavares, right, is following in the footsteps of her son Jeremiah, who graduated from HCC last year.

By Mathew Ursua
Ka La editor 

Jasmine Tavares and her son Jeremiah Tavares make the pilgrimage from their home in Waimanalo to the college’s campus in urban Honolulu every weekday.

It’s a long bus ride.

They’ve been doing it together for three years.

Jasmine Tavares uses a wheelchair. She has arthritis in her back that makes it hard to walk. She said she walks when she can, but can’t make it far. Jeremiah pushes his mother’s wheelchair from the bus stop on King Street where they’re dropped off.

Jeremiah graduated from HonCC last year and is pursuing another degree in computer networking. This year, he’ll watch as his mother gets her own degree.

It was Jeremiah who talked his mother into going to college, more than two decades after she graduated from high school

He said that his mother would ask him what he learned in his classes day after day. One day he told her to enroll and find out for herself.

She did.

“I took a chance,” Jasmine said.

She said that she would attend for one semester and see what happened. Three years later she’s on track to graduate with her first degree.

Jasmine says possibilities are limitless. After graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts, she plans to pursue another degree in science so she can move closer to becoming a biologist.

She writes and illustrates children’s stories, too.

She said she started telling stories to her son when he was an infant in the 1990s. Soon after, she started putting them on paper and producing artwork.

Jasmine said she’s expanding on one of her stories — making it longer and updating the art. It’s about an alien named Mikey who commandeers his parents’ spaceship, shoots across the universe, and encounters new forms of life on a planet called Earth.

When she wrote it in the 1990s, she saw her story as a means of teaching elementary school students about biology.

“The moral of the story was to be honest,” she said.

Mikey the alien eventually tells his parents about his trek across the universe. He wasn’t supposed to hit the red button to activate the spaceship.

Jeremiah said that he doesn’t remember his mother’s bedtime stories.

“I used to tell him stories to put him to sleep,” Jasmine said, “I think he would get bored and doze off.”

Twenty years later, she sees new themes in her Mikey the alien story.

She said the new moral is to “take a chance.”

“You have to grab opportunity when it presents itself,” she said, “because it doesn’t present itself all the time. When that door opens, and you’re being given an opportunity, grab it.” Jasmine said.

For Jasmine, it’s more about the journey than the destination.

She’s made a lot of friends along the way.

Computer networking major Edward Chang met Jasmine and Jeremiah in 2011. Jasmine said hello and invited him to sit at a table in the science building’s courtyard– the same table where you’ll find them almost every morning.

“He came and sat down,” Jasmine said, “and he’s been doing it for three years now.”

“She says hi to everyone who walks by,” Chang said.

Final exams start May 12.

final exam scheduleBy Amazing-Grace Etelagi

Go Forward: This school year is finally coming to an end and finals exams are around the corner.

The last day of instruction for Honolulu Community College will be Wednesday, May 7, and study period (no classes) is from May 8-9, 2014.

Final examinations begin on Monday, May 12 and end on Thursday, May 15. You can find the schedule for exams in the chart above. Following the final exams is graduation at the Waikiki Shell at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 16.

Registration for the terms summer 2014 and fall 2014 has begun. The payment deadline for all summer registrations is due on Monday, May 12, at 4 p.m.

For more information about special schedules (cooperative or distance education), important dates, class availability, and the registration guides, visit http://www2.honolulu.hawaii.edu/?q=node/201.