University of Hawaiʻi — West Oʻahu

Commencement Information for VIPs

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)

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 am – 8:30 am 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.  Dignitaries are welcome to join the recession.

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 Annette Lehano (Chancellor’s Office).