University of Hawaiʻi — West Oʻahu

Preparing for Graduation


Students who are nearing completion of their academic program should make an appointment to meet with a student services academic advisor for a graduation check and submit the Application for Graduation. Appointments can be made at the Academic Advising Office located at the Campus Center, C-236, or by calling 689-2689. Neighbor island students may contact their office toll-free at (866) 299-8656 or by email at

This application is required by all degree and certificate seeking students in order to officially graduate from the University. A separate application is required for each degree and/or certificate that is being petitioned.

Graduation Term Application Deadline
Fall 2014 September 26, 2014
Spring 2015 February 13, 2015
Summer 2015 June 5, 2015

Students who submit the application after the University deadline will not have their name published in the commencement program and ordering and receipt of the diploma will be delayed.


Students who have already submitted an Application for Graduation and need to postpone or cancel their application should contact Office of the Registrar as soon as possible. Another Application for Graduation may be required.


The University provides graduates with a fall and spring commencement ceremony. Additional information is mailed to prospective graduates approximately 4-6 weeks after the application deadline. Students who participate in the commencement ceremony and meet the distinction requirements at the time they petition to graduate will be recognized as a candidate for distinction. Students who plan to graduate in summer will be able to participate in the following fall commencement.


Graduation with Distinction will be conferred on those graduates who complete 30 or more UH West O‘ahu credits with a minimum UH West O‘ahu cumulative GPA of 3.75, including courses whose credits were not applicable to the degree.


Degrees are formally conferred at the end of the fall (December), spring (May), and summer (August) terms. The conferral process takes 8-10 weeks after the final examination period. Students may view their STAR Degree Check via MyUH to confirm the awarding of their degree.


Diplomas are available approximately 12-14 weeks after commencement. Students on O‘ahu may pick up their diploma at the Office of the Registrar and will be required to show a valid photo ID. Diplomas will be mailed to students who reside on the neighbor islands. Students who will no longer reside on O‘ahu 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 the diploma can be released.


Optional Hawaiian language diplomas are available to students who were awarded degrees from spring 1995 to the present. The student's name, degree, and major, as well as official University signatures appear in English.


To order a replacement diploma, contact the Office of the Registrar for more information. Diplomas will be printed in the current format with signatures of current University officials. Please allow 16-18 weeks for processing.