Information Regarding Disability Access

109th Annual Commencement Exercise
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Stan Sheriff Center

9:00 a.m. Ceremony 3:30 p.m. Ceremony
  • Ceremony begins at 9:00 a.m.
  • Estimated End time: 11:30 a.m.
  • Faculty arrive at 8:00 a.m.
  • Speaker:
  • Est. No. of Participants: 1200
  • Est. Length of Ceremony: 2.5 hours
  • Ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m.
  • Estimated End time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Faculty arrive at 2:00 p.m.
  • Speaker:
  • Est. No. of Participants: 1200
  • Est. Length of Ceremony: 2.5 hours


Guests needing disability assistance may park in the disability parking area on the third floor of the parking structure. From the third floor, a ramp leads directly to the main entrance of the Stan Sheriff Center. Please note that all parking is available on a first-come first-served basis. Parking will be available from 5:00 a.m.

Passenger Drop-Off/Pick-Up Areas

The designated ADA passenger drop-off and pick-up area will be behind the Murakami Baseball Stadium in Zone 18. Signs will be posted to direct drivers to this area.

A secondary passenger drop-off area is the Bachman Hall parking lot - entrance is from University Avenue. Passengers will not be allowed to be dropped off in the Restricted Parking Area behind the Stan Sheriff Center. For concerns of safety, please do not drop off passengers in the middle of the road or along areas with heavy traffic.

We recommend students and guests arriving via taxi be dropped off and picked up in the Bachman Hall parking lot - entrance is from University Avenue.

Seating for Guests

Persons with mobility needs will be able enter the arena without using the stairs as elevators are available both in the parking structure and in the athletics complex. As you enter the main entrance to the Stan Sheriff Center, you will arrive on the mezzanine level of the main concourse. The row of seats around the main concourse is reserved for persons with disabilities. Ushers will be available to assist you as needed.

American Sign Language Interpreter

A sign language interpreter will interpret the commencement ceremonies from the beginning introductions to the commencement address, and the closing remarks. The interpreter will not interpret the individual recognition of students. The interpreter will be positioned on stage, and visible on the large screen of the Jumbotron.

Electronic and Large-type Programs

Large-type programs are available upon request. If you or your guest requires such programs, be sure to ask an usher to assist you. Electronic copies of the program will be posted on the commencement home page closer to the date of the ceremony.

Candidate Information

Degree candidates meet at the Security Entrance of the Stan Sheriff Center, noted on the attached map. If you require special assistance in order to participate in the ceremony, you must contact KOKUA Services at 956-7511.

After the Ceremony

All graduates are escorted to the appropriate alphabetical sign on the athletic fields (A-K meet at the Clarence T. C. Ching field, L-Z meet at the Les Murakami Baseball Stadium field). Signs will be posted on the fields and maps will be available in the programs. Guests with special needs may want to consider meeting graduates at a location closer to the Stan Sheriff Center.


The University does not provide wheelchairs for the commencement ceremonies. If you are in need of a wheelchair, you are advised to make your own arrangements prior to the ceremony. The following wheelchair and scooter rental companies may be of service to you.

Better Home Appliances, Inc   737-3055
Hawaii Wheelchair Rental   772-9723
Hawaiian Islands Medical Corp   597-8087
Additional Questions?

For further information, email , or call 956-GRAD .