Policy Regarding the Printed Program
February 2000

The Commencement Exercises program provides graduates of the University of Hawaii at Mānoa with a keepsake of their accomplishments as a student, provides participants with information about the ceremony, and defines and recognizes the excellence of this University.

The program is designed to recognize students matriculating from this University with honors, as well as those who have graduated as a University of Hawaii Regent or Presidential Scholar or those who have received national honors and awards.

In previous years and graduation ceremonies, no official policy existed to determine who could be recognized in the program. Practice has been that names submitted by schools and colleges for inclusion in the program under “Awards and Scholarships” or “Honor Societies” have not been challenged.

All graduates are listed once in the program. Special recognition within the printed program should be an honor to distinguished students and organizations, as well as the University, and not an open call for all levels of honorees. Therefore, an established selection process or policy of criteria was needed.

This policy establishes the way in which students, student organizations, and honor societies are recognized within the commencement program.

Student Honor Societies:

Graduating members of national honor societies will be recognized in the program.

Presidential and Regents Scholars and Honors Program Graduates:

Graduating Presidential and Regents Scholars, and Honors Program candidates will be recognized in the program.

Award Recipients:

Recipients of departmental grants, scholarships, prizes, and other awards and honors will not be recognized in the program.

Tuition Waiver Recipients:

Tuition waiver recipients will not be recognized in the program.

Other Groups and Distinctions
(Dean's Lists, Department Club Officers):

Members of school or college Dean's Lists and department club officers will not be included in the program.

Verbal Announcements during Commencement Program:

Only graduates who are Regent Scholars, Presidential Scholars, Honors Program candidates, and participants within the ceremonies (i.e., chanters, soloists, etc.) will be announced during the program.


As the commencement program is an institutional recognition of graduates, the special organizations and awards that are listed in the program should not be departmental or school/college-based organizations.

Hence, Presidential or Regent Scholars and Honors Program graduates will be recognized in the program, in addition to the general listing of all graduates.

Graduating members of national honor societies will also be included in the program.

Schools, colleges, and departments are encouraged to recognize their outstanding graduates at other functions before or after commencement.

For further information, contact the Commencement Coordinator at, or by phone at 956-GRAD.