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AlumKnight graduates cum laude from Chaminade

A MEMBER of Mount Carmel School’s Class of 2015, Savannah Lyn Delos Santos, 22, graduated cum laude from Chaminade University in Honolulu where she earned her bachelor’s degree in business marketing.

AlumKnight Savannah Lyn Delos Santos graduated cum laude from Chaminade University in Honolulu, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in business marketing. Contributed photo

Delos Santos, who was born and raised on Saipan, was selected by the university to be the student speaker at the graduation ceremony held in May.

“If there was one thing I was certain I wanted to get, it was that student speaker position. It was my main goal going into Chaminade,” Delos Santos said.

She said her four years at Chaminade strengthened her faith and appreciation for family, service, justice, peace and change.

“I didn’t originally plan on attending a four-year university because our family didn’t have the financial capability,” Delos Santos said, adding that she is the first in her family to graduate from a four-year university.

She said MCS president Dr. Galvin Deleon Guerrero helped her secure scholarships that allowed her to attend Chaminade University.

“My mother was happy because it meant bigger opportunities and I would also be closer to my father’s native Hawaiian culture,” she said.

In her college years, Delos Santos worked harder, juggling different jobs and six to eight classes.

She was also given the opportunity to be a part of 16 various student organizations and programs.

During her first year at Chaminade, she secured an internship with Make-A-Wish Hawaii. She helped and participated in a “Wish Reveal” and became a certified “wish granter.”

She attended six school trips that provided her learning opportunities outside the classroom.

She was part of the Hogan Entrepreneurial Program which taught her to network and how to start her first small business. She said the program also inspired her goal to become the youngest fashion designer during New York’s Fashion Week, and gave her an opportunity to visit India.

In addition, Delos Santos was part of the team that won third place at the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education in Las Vegas. “That process educated me about adaptation and change and helped me develop critical thinking skills,” she said.

Delos Santos’s participation in a campus ministry immersion program brought her to Skid Row, an area in Los Angeles known for having the highest population of homelessness in the U.S. She said it educated her about the importance of service, justice and peace.

“I was fortunate to have received more than 10 recognition awards. My senior year, I started my first small business. In addition, I was blessed with the opportunity to work with several fashion designers with a little modeling here and there for re-branding and fashion shows,” she added.

Delos Santos is currently in the Philippines. “I am thinking of staying here for six months to one year to learn more about my mother’s culture,” she said.