Commencement Speeches

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  • The Incomparable

    Class of 2017

    It is an honor to present the Class of 2017 on behalf of the faculty and staff of Punahou School. Many people have played important roles in the lives of these remarkable students seated behind me. Among them are the dedicated and talented faculty and staff of Punahou School. Thank you for all you have done for this class and all of our students.

  • 2017 Commencement Address

    President Jim Scott ’70

    In 2009, as you were approaching middle school, the national and local economy was in a tailspin. During that time of financial, personal, and professional uncertainty – when no one knew where the bottom might be during that economic free-fall – your parents and your families made a decision to keep you at Punahou – or to send you to Punahou. Many of you with the support of some financial assistance from the School.

  • 2016 Commencement Address

    President Jim Scott ’70

    Seniors, in presenting you for your diplomas, Dr. McCarren did not describe you as an impressive collection of individuals. Rather, she described you as an impressive graduating class. Certainly the evidence of your senior year and throughout your years here makes a case that you are one of the most accomplished Punahou graduating classes in recent memory. You also may be the most economically diverse.

  • Presentation of the Class of 2016

    Emily McCarren

    Families, friends, faculty and staff, trustees of Punahou and Class of 2016, aloha and good evening. It is an honor to present the Class of 2016 on behalf of the faculty of Punahou School. Joining us tonight is Dr. Paris Priore-Kim representing our junior school faculty.

  • 2016 Commencement Speech

    Justin Kaneko ’16

    Well, Class of 2016: we did it. We are graduating from Punahou School. Tonight is a night to celebrate our accomplishments, reflect on our experiences and simply just be together one last time.

  • 2013 Commencement Speech

    President Jim Scott '70

    In the fall of 2008, when these seniors were in the eighth grade, the national and local economy went into a tailspin. Yet, during that time of financial, personal and professional uncertainty – when none of us knew where the floor would be during that economic free fall – you made a family decision to keep your child at Punahou, or send your child to Punahou.

  • 2013 Commencement Speech

    Academy Principal Kevin Conway

    For the Class of 2013 there have been too many to cover in any comprehensive manner this evening. But to give you some idea, consider academics. Students in this Class have been the recipients of numerous awards, honors and scholarships.

  • 2013 Commencement Speech

    Philip Lin ’13

    Generating a great graduation speech requires a few key ingredients. First: the stock. Start with a helping of nostalgia, perhaps reminiscing about kindergarten naptime and juice boxes.