Frequently Asked Questions on Participating
105th Annual Commencement Exercises
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Stan Sheriff Center



Place/Time/Date?

Undergraduate Ceremony Advanced Degree Ceremony
  • Stan Sheriff Center
  • Saturday, May 14, 2016
  • Ceremony begins at 9:00 a.m.
  • End time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Students report at 8:00 a.m.
  • Speaker: Brian Schatz
  • Est. No. of Participants: 1200
  • Est. Length of Ceremony: 3 hours
  • Stan Sheriff Center
  • Saturday, May 14, 2016
  • Ceremony begins at 3:00 p.m.
  • End time: 5:00 p.m.
  • Students report at 2:00 p.m.
  • Speaker: Angela Davis
  • Est. No. of Participants: 800
  • Est. Length of Ceremony: 2 hours
Who is eligible to participate?

Any prospective spring or summer graduate who has filed a degree application is eligible and encouraged to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Please consult with the student academic services office of your college/school for instructions on filing a petition to graduate – preferably prior to the semester you will be graduating. A degree check is usually performed to confirm if you are qualified to graduate.

How do I register to participate?

Register at manoa.hawaii.edu/commencement/register by May 1, 2016 to participate in the ceremony. Please be advised that registering for the ceremony is not the same as filing a degree application.

You must register and have a cap and gown to participate.

How do I order my cap and gown?

You may purchase your cap and gown online via the Bookstore's Website or visit the Bookstore between February 8, 2016 and May 13, 2016 to purchase your cap and gown in person. * Note: Purchase your regalia early. The Bookstore cannot guarantee the availability of all sizes, hood and tassel colors after April 30, 2016.

Prices: (*All subject to change)
Gown prices: Undergraduate $41.00, Master's $48.00, Doctoral $57.00*. Note: Gowns requiring special sizing must be ordered by April 30, 2016. Special sizing orders after this date will be assessed a service charge for air freight.

***Please note that the undergraduate gowns are GREEN.

Hood prices: Master's $38.00, Doctoral $45.00*.

Bookstore Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

For more information, call the Bookstore at 956-6884.

How do I register if I am off-island and without internet access?

Contact the Commencement Office at 956-GRAD or in writing to: Commencement Coordinator, 2500 Campus Road, Hawaiʻi Hall 209, Honolulu, HI 96822 to request a registration form. You may order your cap and gown by phone by calling (800) 842-6657. Place your order by April 30, 2016.

How do I order commencement announcements?

Personalized graduation announcements are available at the Bookstore. Minimum order: 25 cards. Regular price: $1.60 each (price subject to change). Early order price: 10% discount on orders placed by March 20, 2016. You may place your order online at the Mānoa Bookstore Grad Store website.

How do I arrange for my name to be called at the ceremony?

When you register online, be sure to print your confirmation. After printing, please fold the sheet in half, and bring it with you to the ceremony. Please present the confirmation, to the name reader as you cross the stage.

How do I ensure that my honor society memberships are listed in the program?

Approximately three months before the ceremony, inform faculty advisers of the honor societies to which you belong that you are a candidate for graduation.

Do my family or I need tickets?

No tickets will be issued. All guests are welcome to the ceremonies on a first-come, first-seated basis. However, as a courtesy, graduates are asked to limit their guests to five (5) individuals. Gates will open at 7:45 a.m. for the Undergraduate Ceremony and 2:00 p.m. for the Advanced Degree Ceremony. We strongly recommend that guests arrive early, as the doors to the Stan Sheriff Center will be closed when the arena reaches maximum capacity.

Balloons, large signs, and strollers are not allowed into the arena for safety reasons.

What happens on the day of the ceremony?

All graduates report to the Stan Sheriff Security Entrance by 8:00 a.m. for the Undergraduate Ceremony and 2:00 p.m. for the Advanced Degree Ceremony. Please be on time and bring your completed name card to the ceremony.

Wear your cap and gown. Alteration of gowns is prohibited (i.e. shortening the length). Without a cap and gown, you cannot participate in the ceremony. Do not decorate your cap with items that will obstruct the view of your fellow candidates.

Can my family and friends take photographs?

The audience may take photographs and videos from their seats. A photographer will take individual photographs of students as they are recognized on stage. After commencement, you will receive an email message from the photographer with a link to view your proof online. If you do not wish to have your contact information forwarded to the photographer so that he can send the proof to you, please submit your request in writing by May 1, 2016 to the Commencement Coordinator, 2500 Campus Road, Hawaiʻi Hall 209, Honolulu, HI 96822.

Will I receive my diploma in the ceremony?

Because semester records will not be available by the date of commencement, the conferring of degrees at the ceremonies is provisional, pending verification that degree requirements have been met.

Diplomas may be picked up approximately 10 weeks after the commencement ceremonies at the Office of the Registrar, Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services 010.

Students planning to leave Oʻahu before picking up their diplomas should report to the Office of the Registrar to complete a "Request to Mail Diploma." For diplomas mailed to foreign countries, check with the same office regarding postal costs. For more information on having your diploma mailed, please call 956-8010.

What happens after the ceremony?

Meet your graduate by the appropriate alphabetical sign.

Undergraduate Candidates:
Clarence T. C. Ching Complex (A-N) and the Les Murakami Baseball Stadium (O-Z)

Advanced Degree Candidates:
Clarence T. C. Ching Complex (A-Z)

Maps will be available in the commencement program. Guests with physical disabilities: We recommend you consider meeting graduates at a location closer to the Stan Sheriff Center.

What about disability access information?

For information and referral, visit the Commencement website or call 956-GRAD.

Are there any other instructions?

The commencement ceremony is a special rite of passage, honoring you and your fellow students who have all worked hard to reach this moment. Please honor your fellow graduates throughout the ceremony by treating them with respect and dignity.

For further information, contact the Commencement Coordinator at graduate@hawaii.edu, or by phone at 956-GRAD.