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Commencement Information for Graduates

Fall 2014 Commencement
Saturday, December 13, 2014, 9:00 am UH West Oʻahu Campus Lower Courtyard
*VIP, Faculty and Candidates Reception 7:30 – 8:30 am in Multi-Purpose Room (C208)

Commencement Rehearsal
Friday, December 12, 2014 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm in Campus Center C225

Please note that the commencement ceremony is separate from the actual degree certification and conferral. Participation in a commencement ceremony and/or inclusion in the commencement program does not indicate official graduation or degree conferral.

Fall 2014 Commencement RSVP and Graduate Student Survey

Commencement Rehearsal

Announcements

Regalia

Commencement regalia is available at The UH West O‘ahu Bookstore, 808-689-2550 or online at www.bookstore.hawaii.edu/westoahu

Before Arrival

NOTE: Large bags (purses, backpacks, etc.) placards or signage, beach balls, and pets (excluding service animals) will not be allowed on the ceremony area. Plan to have your guests keep your personal belongings until after the ceremony.

NOTE to PARENTS: Children (including infants) will not be allowed to accompany graduates in the ceremony. Please plan to have your guests watch your children during the ceremony.

Tickets

Please limit your guests to six (6) individuals. NO Tickets will be issued. Guests may arrive at 8:00 am. We strongly recommend that your guests arrive early, as the area will be sectioned off once we reach maximum capacity. If you have guests who need special accommodations, please contact Student Affairs at (808) 689-2900 by November 13, 2014.

NOTE: Balloons and strollers are not allowed into the seating area for safety reasons. Also, advise your guests that photographs and videos may be taken from their seats only.

Parking

All campus parking will be free. 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.

Arrival

Commencement Ceremony Reception – for our Invited VIP, Faculty, and Candidates for Graduation; hosted by the UHWO Student Activity Fee Board from 7:30 am – 8:30 am.

NOTE: Traditionally, flower lei are not presented or worn until after the ceremony. No balloons and signs/banners are allowed into the courtyard area.

Ceremony

NOTE: Please honor your fellow candidates, who have also worked hard for this moment, by treating them with dignity and respect.

After the Ceremony

Photographs

Audience members can take photographs from their seats only. A photographer will take a photograph of each candidate receiving his/her diploma. After commencement, you will receive an email message from the photographer with a link to view your proof online. You may order additional photographs at that time.

If you do not wish to have your contact information forwarded to the photographer so that he may send your proof, please submit your request in writing by November 13, 2014, to the Commencement Coordinator at uhwo.advising@hawaii.edu.

The University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu (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.

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.

Distinction

Candidates who meet the criteria for Graduation with Distinction (current 3.75 UH West Oʻahu GPA and on track for completion of 30 UH West Oʻahu credits) will be recognized during the ceremony. Your designation at the time of the ceremony is based upon the previous semester’s grades. Any change in the designation based upon this semester’s grades will be reflected on your transcripts and diploma. To see if you might be eligible, visit star.hawaii.edu. Click on transcripts, then campus transcripts by semester. You may purchase your honor cord for $13.00 through The UH West O‘ahu Bookstore.

Diplomas

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

Diplomas will be available approximately 10 weeks after commencement (Fall – end of February / Spring – beginning of July). Students on Oʻahu may pick up their diplomas at the Office of the Registrar and will be required to show a valid photo ID.

Students who will no longer reside on Oʻahu after graduation should provide the Office of the Registrar with their updated mailing address so their diploma may be mailed. Diplomas are mailed via the U.S. Postal Service. All financial obligations within the UH system must be cleared before a diploma can be released.

Got Commencement Questions? Please contact the Commencement Coordinator by phone at 689-2689 or by email at uhwo.advising@hawaii.edu