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Fall 2016 Commencement
Saturday, December 10, 2016 9:00 am UH West O‘ahu Campus Lower Courtyard

View the recording of the full Fall 2016 commencement ceremony now.

Graduates please see the Commencement Information for Graduates page regarding rehearsal and other details.

The West O‘ahu Bookstore will be open from 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and located in the Central Plaza. Snacks and cold beverages will be available for purchase.


Parking is limited and will be on a first come, first served basis. The parking lot will be closed once it reaches full capacity. Carpooling is highly encouraged. Plan to arrive early as there will be considerable congestion along the Farrington Highway entrance to the campus. Those needing disability parking are especially encouraged to arrive early.


Guests may arrive at 8:00 a.m.

We strongly recommend that you arrive early, as the area will be sectioned off once we reach maximum capacity.  If you need special accommodations, please contact Student Affairs at (808) 689-2900 by November 10, 2016.

NOTE:  Balloons, signs/banners and strollers are not allowed into the seating area for safety reasons.  Also, photographs and videos may be taken from your seats only. 

Only Service Animals Allowed

The ADA defines a service animal as any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. If they meet this definition, animals are considered service animals under the ADA regardless of whether they have been licensed or certified by a state or local government.

Service animals perform some of the functions and tasks that the individual with a disability cannot perform for him or herself. Guide dogs are one type of service animal, used by some individuals who are blind. This is the type of service animal with which most people are familiar. But there are service animals that assist persons with other kinds of disabilities in their day-to-day activities. Some examples include:

Animals that do not meet the above definition of service animals are prohibited on campus.


Audience members can take photographs from their seats only. A photograph of each candidate receiving his/her diploma will be taken by Picture Man of Hawaii.  To view and order your graduation diploma and posed portrait, go to, select our ceremony, and register to get your proofs online and by mail.

The University of Hawai'i - West O'ahu (UHWO) reserves the right to photograph/videotape participants and guests at commencement for purposes of publicizing the University's programs or for any other lawful purpose, including the right to print, publish, broadcast, and use as appropriate for public information without additional consideration or compensation. All photographs/videos become the property of UHWO. Many of the photographs taken that day will be added to the UHWO Flickr site.

Lei Vendors

Vendors selling flower lei will be on campus during the commencement ceremonies.  The vendors will be located on the grass area in front of the Dining Commons.

If you would like to be an on-campus Lei vendor during Commencement, please submit a written proposal along with a copy of your HI State General Excise Tax License and W-9 Form. You must be able to provide adequate inventory and sell fresh flower lei from 7:30 am - 9:30 am on Saturday, December 10, 2016. We expect approximately 200 graduates and 2500 guests at the event. 
Proposals should be submitted via email, to UH West O‘ahu Event Planner, Lynn Reyes, at by 12:00 pm on Thursday, November 10, 2016. If selected, you will be notified by return email and a Certificate of Insurance will be required.

First Aid

A First Aid station will be near the Library and at the E building. In case of emergency, medical or otherwise, please inform Campus Security or a staff member wearing yellow lei. 

After the Ceremony