On May 7, 2014, at the UH Alumni Awards Dinner, Chancellor Manny Cabral was honored to present longtime island TV personality, Emme Tomimbang with her AA degree after she had attended Leeward for two years from 1968-1970 and then transferred to Manoa with full junior status.
Emme had always thought that she'd officially received her Leeward degree, but we discovered that she was a few elective credits short of having her degree confirmed. With the inspiration of our new "reverse degree" agreement with UH Manoa, we were able to confirm that Emme completed the required credits at UHM, and thus on Wednesday evening I happily and proudly presented Emme with her official Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts degree. It was a "chicken skin" moment for us all. Emme has always been one of Leeward's greatest supporters and cheerleaders in the community, and now after 43 years, her status as a Leeward CC graduate is now officially confirmed.