University of Hawaiʻi — West Oʻahu

Commencement Information for Faculty

Spring 2018 Commencement
Saturday, May 5, 2018 9:00 am, UH West O'ahu Campus Lower Courtyard
Commencement will be viewable live on the UH West O‘ahu website.

*Dignitaries, Faculty and Candidates Reception 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. in Multi-Purpose Room (C208)

Commencement Rehearsal
Friday, May 4, 2018, from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. in Campus Center C225

Please let Terri Ota know if you will NOT be participating in the Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremony. The ceremony is scheduled as follows:

Rental of Graduation Regalia

DUE: March 3, 2018 Rental of regalia is available through the UH West O‘ahu Bookstore, 808-689-2550.


While this is NOT a ticketed event, parking on campus is limited and all cars will need a parking pass to enter the parking area.  Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  The parking lot will be closed once it reaches capacity (due to safety concerns).  Carpooling is highly encouraged.  Plan to arrive early as there will be considerable congestion along the Farrington Highway entrance to the campus.  

We have limited identified parking spaces for persons with disability parking permits.  Any guest with both a parking pass and a disability parking permit who has trouble finding an accessible parking space should contact one of our Campus Security officers for assistance. 

  • Please pick up a parking pass from Terri Ota in the VCAA office
  • FYI - graduates will be issued a total of THREE (3) parking passes for their use and their guests.
  • Pick up your parking passes at the VCAA Office (D201) from Monday, April 23rd thru Wednesday, May 2, 2018 (Business days during open office hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).
  • Remaining parking passes will be given to students on the waitlist before the Commencement Rehearsal on Friday, May 4, 2018.

Pre-Commencement Ceremony Reception

Time: 8:00 am. Reception for our invited Dignitaries, Faculty and Candidates for Graduation will be hosted by the UHWO Student Activity Fee Board from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. in Campus Center 208 (Multi-Purpose Room).

Assemble for the Procession

Time: 8:40 am. Following the reception, please assemble for the procession at 8:40 a.m.  Faculty Marshals and volunteers will assist in lining faculty and stage party members in the appropriate order. Distinguished guests will be escorted to their seats in the courtyard.

Faculty Procession and Seating Section

Faculty will exit the Multi-Purpose Room and proceed down the stairs (or elevator) to line up parallel to the Enrollment Service Office windows.  Following the student procession, the faculty will be led to the faculty seating area under the trees facing the podium.  Faculty Marshals will lead the procession.  Please be on time in order to assemble and process with the faculty party.  The Faculty Senate Chair will carry the mace and lead the stage party in last.


Following the ceremony, faculty will follow the stage party away from the courtyard and line up along the “rock wall” near the Library entrance (gauntlet style; two sides) to applaud the graduates as they exit the courtyard and join their guests.

NOTE: Large bags (purses, backpacks, etc.) placards or signage, beach balls, and pets (excluding service animals) will not be allowed on the ceremony area.

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

Got Commencement Questions? Please contact the Terri Ota (VCAA Office).