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--DEC. 13--

HONOLULU--December 7, 2010--Chaminade University will hold its 2010 Fall Commencement Ceremony on Monday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m., in the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena. More than 250 students will receive their degrees at the free public event.

Featured keynote speaker for commencement will be Naleen Naupaka Andrade, M.D., professor and chair of the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Andrade was the founding director of the National Center on Indigenous Hawaiian Behavioral Health and is also chair of the Board of Trustees at The Queen's Health Systems. A major focus of Dr. Andrade's professional career has been the advancement of Native Hawaiians. Her research studies include the longitudinal epidemiological studies of over 7,000 and 1,200 Native Hawaiian adolescents that determine the prevalence of psychiatric disorders and the role of culture in mental and behavioral health disorders. Dr. Andrade is a fellow and first vice president, slated to become the president of the Board of Regents within the American College of Psychiatrists. Her honors include the Sigma Xi Outstanding Research Award, recipient of the Royal College of Australian and New Zealand Psychiatrists H. B. William Visiting Professor and Fellow, the Outstanding Community Mental Health Leader Award by the Mental Health America of Hawaii, and the Robert Cancro Academic Leadership Award (for outstanding leadership as a psychiatry chair, in advancing child and adolescent psychiatry) by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Student speakers include Jason Blackwell, as featured undergraduate speaker, and Janelle Fa'salia B. Etelagi, as featured graduate speaker. Blackwell will receive a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Sciences-Chemistry minor. Etelagi will receive her Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration.

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About Chaminade University
Celebrating more than 50 years of educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University offers programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. The main campus is located in Kaimuki at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816, with 10 satellite locations around Oahu military bases and Catholic parishes and schools. For more information, visit the Chaminade web site at or call
(808) 735-4711.

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