Guest Information

2019 Mid-Year Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Stan Sheriff Center

An instructional video for students and guests is available at

Driving to Stan Sheriff Center

From the Airport: Travel east on the H-1 freeway. Take the University exit (Exit 24B). Stay in the far right lane heading north on University Avenue. Take a right on Dole Street at the first light. Take another immediate right on to Lower Campus Road.

From Waikiki: Head north towards Ala Wai Boulevard. Travel west on Ala Wai Boulevard (one-way street) and make a right turn at McCully Street. Take a right at the first light on to Kapiolani Boulevard. Take a left at University Avenue. Stay in the far right lane heading north on University Avenue. Take a right on Dole Street. Take another immediate right on to Lower Campus Road.

(Directions courtesy of the UH Athletics Dept.)

From H1 East Directions / Google map.
From H1 West Directions / Google map.


Parking is available at no charge during the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa Commencement ceremonies in the lower campus parking structure as well as the lots on the main campus.

The parking structure will open at 5:00 a.m. Campus parking for guests is free but limited on graduation day. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. UH Shuttles will be available from various locations throughout the campus area. Please check the UH Commencement Transportation webpage for more information.

The road leading from the Waiʻalae gate entrance to the Stan Sheriff Center will be closed before and during the ceremony. The area near the ROTC buildings is reserved.

Parking is restricted in the areas behind the Stan Sheriff Center and around the Les Murakami Baseball Stadium. The parking lots in the Student Housing areas are restricted for permit holders only. Stalls marked with a Reserved Parking sign are enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The lower campus parking structure is expected to fill up quickly. When the parking structure is full, drivers will be directed to park in the lots on the main campus. As each lot fills, the attendants will direct drivers to the next available lot. They will continue to do this until all lots are full.


Parking shuttle service will be provided from 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The shuttle buses are wheelchair accessible and run a continuous route from the Biomedical Science Building (near Sherman Laboratory) to Krauss Circle. The lower campus areas are accessible by crossing Dole Street and proceeding to the elevators on the top floor of the parking structure.

All stops along this route will be marked with the RAINBOW SHUTTLE STOP signs.

The stops along the shuttle route are:

  • Biomedical Science Building (near Sherman Laboratory)
  • Moore Hall
  • Kennedy Theatre
  • Physical Science Building
  • Art Building
  • Krauss Circle
  • Kuykendall Hall (near Sustainability Courtyard)
  • Watanabe Hall
  • Jefferson Hall
  • Center for Korean Studies
  • Biomedical Science Building (near Sherman Laboratory)
Shuttle Route

For the return trip, passengers may board the shuttles at Krauss Circle. Please be aware that the length of time for the shuttles to return to this area may vary according to the amount of traffic along the route.

Passenger Drop-Off and Pick-Up Areas

Graduates and participants should anticipate heavy traffic and plan accordingly for ample time to get to their designated staging area. Vehicle access around this staging area will be restricted and passenger drop off will not be allowed in this area.

The designated passenger drop-off area will be on the ground floor area between the parking structure and the Athletic Complex. Signs will be posted to direct drivers to this area. This drop-off area will be closed when the parking structure has filled and/or during the period when traffic is modified for exiting. A secondary passenger drop-off area is the Bachman Hall parking lot - entrance is from University Avenue. Passengers will not be allowed to be dropped off in the Restricted Parking Area behind the Stan Sheriff Center. For concerns of safety, please do not drop off passengers in the middle of the road or along areas with heavy traffic.

We recommend students and guests arriving via taxi be dropped off and picked up in the Bachman Hall parking lot - entrance is from University Avenue.

Printed Programs

Programs containing a list of the graduates will be provided to graduates at their seats. For additional copies after the ceremony, email . Guests will be given an abbreviated copy upon entering the arena.

Disability Accommodations

Please click here to view more information.

Entering the Arena

The doors at Gates A & B will open to the public at 7:45 a.m. All seating is open to the public (no tickets or reservations required). We strongly recommend that guests arrive early, as the doors to the Stan Sheriff Center will be closed when the arena reaches maximum capacity.

Arena Regulations

Please be advised that large signs, placards, balloons and strollers will not be allowed inside the arena for safety and security reasons. Please be advised that only graduates will be allowed on the arena floor. All guests will be restricted to the general seating areas.

Pictures and Video

The audience may take photographs and videos from their seats. A photographer will take individual photographs of students as they are recognized on stage. After commencement, the graduate will receive an e-mail message from the photographer with a link to view their proof online. Additional photographs may be ordered at that time.

Meeting the Graduates After the Ceremony

Meet your graduate by the appropriate alphabetical sign on the athletic fields:

  • A-K will meet on the Clarence T. C. Ching field.
  • L-Z will meet on the Les Murakami Baseball Stadium field;

Maps will be available in the commencement program. Guests with special needs may want to consider meeting graduates at a location closer to the Stan Sheriff Center.

While giving lei is a Hawaiʻi tradition, we ask that you encourage family and friends attending the commencement to help with UH Mānoa’s sustainability efforts by leaving the plastic clam shell containers at home or even consider using a reusable bag to help reduce the high volume of trash that takes up our garbage cans.

Guests will be asked to clear the fields at 12:30 p.m.

Lei Vendors

Several vendors selling flower lei will be on campus during the commencement ceremonies. The authorized lei vendors will be located on the Clarence T. C. Ching field.

Live Webcast of Ceremony

The webcast will air live during the ceremony, and will be available for viewing for several months thereafter. Please visit the following page for the webcast.

Do I or my family need tickets?

No tickets will be issued. All guests are welcome to the ceremonies on a first-come, first-seated basis. We strongly recommend that guests arrive early, as the doors to the Stan Sheriff Center will be closed when the arena reaches maximum capacity.

Questions? Email or call 956-GRAD .