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Commencement Information for Graduates

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 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.

Spring 2018 Commencement RSVP

Parking Passes

Please note: While this is NOT a ticketed event, parking on campus is limited. UH West O Ľahu commencement parking passes are required to park on campus. Cars without a parking pass will be turned away. Drop offs will not be allowed.

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. 

Commencement Rehearsal



Commencement regalia is available at The UH West O‘ahu Bookstore, 808-689-2550 or online at


Candidates who meet the criteria for Graduation with Distinction (current 3.75 UH West O`ahu GPA and on track for completion of 30 UH West O`ahu 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  Click on transcripts, then campus transcripts by semester. You may purchase your honor cord for $13.00 through The UH West O‘ahu Bookstore.

Student Veteran Honor Cord

UH West Oahu Student Veterans may purchase red, white, and blue honor cords from the UH West Oahu Bookstore for $13.00.

Who: Veterans, active duty, Reserve, and National Guard members may purchase an honor cord to wear at the Commencement Ceremony.

Why: Honor cords represent the sacrifice, service and commitment to excellence that all veterans share.

How: Bring proof of veteran status (DD214), VA ID card, or military ID.

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.

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.


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 in Campus Center 208.

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


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

After the Ceremony

Photography and Video

Each graduate will be photographed by a professional photographer as they receive their degree, and these photos will be made available to the graduate.  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 9, 2017 to the Commencement Coordinator at


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. 

Your degree and/or certificate will not be awarded if you have a missing grade (e.g., RD-Record Delayed) or an incomplete grade, even if the class is not needed to fulfill a graduation requirement (i.e., extra elective class).  All missing or incomplete grades must convert to a final grade by June 12, 2018 in order to have your degree and/or certificate awarded for spring 2018; no exceptions will be made after this deadline.  Be sure to contact your instructor since some may not be available after final exams week.

In the event that you do not meet the graduation requirements after the semester, you will be sent a notification letter by the Records Office.

Conferring of degrees is completed within 6-8 weeks after commencement. Once conferred, the diplomas are then ordered and available approximately in late July for spring and late March for fall.  An email will be sent to all graduating students when the diplomas are available. 

Students who no longer reside on Oahu after commencement should update their mailing address in MyUH so their diploma can 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 issued.  

Got Commencement Questions? Please contact the Commencement Coordinator by phone at 689- 2689 or by email at