Honorary Doctoral Degree Conferral Ceremony for President M. R. C. Greenwood, University of Hawai‘i System

The honorary doctoral degree conferral ceremony for President M. R. C. Greenwood, University of Hawai‘i System, was held on 13th October 2011 at the University of the Ryukyus.

The Honorary Doctoral Degree was awarded in recognition of President Greenwood’s outstanding academic and educational contributions in the advancement of international exchange between the University of the Ryukyus and the University of Hawai‘i.

The ceremony was held in the presence of Governor Neil Abercrombie of the State of Hawai‘i. As a special gift from the University of Hawaii, two students and a professor from the Hawaiian protocol team performed a Hawaiian traditional chant, hula and a Hawaiian song (“mele”), which was newly composed for the University.

A plaque bearing the words of the song and a model of the voyaging canoe "Hokule'a." were then presented to President Iwamasa by President Greenwood.

After the ceremony, commemorative sakura trees were planted in the front of the University’s head office by President Greenwood and Governor Abercrombie, in the sincere hope that the partnership between the state of Hawaii, the University of Hawai‘i and the University of the Ryukyus will deepen in future, and that both universities will continue to prosper in the years to come.

(From left) President Greenwood, President Iwamasa, Governor Abercrombie
(From left) President Greenwood, President Iwamasa, Governor Abercrombie

Chant and hula by Hawaiian protocol team
Chant and hula by Hawaiian protocol team

President Iwamasa receiving the gift of a model of the voyaging canoe “Hokule'a” from President Grewoodod
President Iwamasa receiving the gift of a model of the voyaging canoe “Hokule'a” from President Greenwood

Awarding of the honorary doctoral degree to President Greenwood
Awarding of the honorary doctoral degree to President Greenwood

Speech by President Greenwood
Speech by President Greenwood

Address by Governor Abercrombie
Address by Governor Abercrombie

Gift from Governor Abercrombie
Gift from Governor Abercrombie

Honorary doctoral degree conferral ceremony
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Honorary doctoral degree conferral ceremony
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University’s original pair of shisa (Okinawan lion guardian statues)
University’s original pair of shisa (Okinawan lion guardian statues)(1)

Presenting the pair of shisa to Governor Abercrombie and President Greenwood
Presenting the pair of shisa to Governor Abercrombie and President Greenwood

Commemorative tree planting
Commemorative tree planting(1)

Commemorative tree planting
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