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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
Spring 2018 February 9, 2018
Summer 2018 June 1, 2018
Fall 2018 September 21, 2018

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. Conferring of degrees is completed within 6-8 weeks after commencement.. Students may view their STAR Degree Check via MyUH to confirm the awarding of their degree.


Once conferred, the diplomas are ordered and available approximately in late March for fall; late July for spring, and late September for summer.  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.


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.