Future Ceremonies:

2020 Mid-Year Commencement Excercise
Saturday, December 19, 2020

110th Annual Commencement Exercises
Saturday, May 15, 2021

April 6th, 2020
Spring and Summer 2020 Candidates,

We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well. Thank you for your patience as we work through our options regarding the postponed Spring commencement.

COVID-19 has not yet stabilized, so we are still unable to select a firm date for your commencement ceremony at this time. We understand how disappointing this is for all of you, and we are deeply saddened at the postponement and uncertainty surrounding what should have been a joyous celebration of your perseverance and success.

We are committed to finding a way to honor and celebrate your achievements, even if it cannot be at the May ceremonies as we had planned. If an earlier ceremony is not possible, we will make arrangements for you to celebrate with your fellow May graduates at an expanded December 19th ceremony. Stay tuned for more details on that.

We know that some individual schools, colleges and programs are planning their own virtual celebrations. And we will produce a traditional commencement program for you to be able to commemorate your graduation, even if you do not attend a ceremony.

In the meantime, we would like to facilitate a modified version of the recorded Mahalo Messages. Spring and Summer 2020 candidates can submit a 15-second recorded message. UH Productions will compile the messages and produce a final version to be shared in May via social media and the commencement website. If you are interested in recording a message, please follow these guidelines:

  • Length of message should be no longer than 15 seconds. Recording time may be longer but the actual spoken message should be a maximum of 15 seconds.
  • Record your message using a mobile phone in landscape mode (i.e. holding your phone sideways, horizontal, or widescreen when taking the video for quality consistency).
  • Record your message in an area where the light is on your face. The sun or a glare from lights behind you will create shadows and a dark recording.
  • If any part of your message is in another language, please include the translation on your google form and/or in your email when you submit the video.
  • Sign up via google form: https://forms.gle/f3DHggfCcJ7r7wQM7
  • Messages need to be submitted to uhpgm@hawaii.edu by Friday, April 17th.

Mahalo and stay safe! If you have any questions, please email graduate@hawaii.edu.

Michael S. Bruno
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
March 19th, 2020
Aloha our Mānoa ʻOhana,

This morning, University of Hawai‘i President David Lassner made the important announcement: “After discussions with leadership at the campuses and system level, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all traditional commencement ceremonies at UH’s 10 campuses.” http://go.hawaii.edu/Ar6

We realize that this is disappointing news for you and your loved ones. Each year, our campus looks forward to sharing in one of the most significant milestones in our students’ lives. Please rest assured that this difficult decision was made after careful deliberation and weighing the possible risks to you and your families. We share in your disappointment that this unprecedented health crisis has robbed everyone of this moment.

Please think of this moment as delayed or postponed, and not a loss. Students who would have walked in this semester’s ceremony, will have the opportunity to participate in a future in-person commencement. Information about participation in a rescheduled/postponed ceremony as it becomes available, will be shared on our website, social media (Facebook and Twitter), and email as it becomes available.

In the meantime, graduates who have purchased their regalia and who do not plan to participate in a future ceremony may return the regalia for a full refund if it is in its original packaging and in saleable condition with an original receipt. The scheduled March 25th Graduation Fair has been cancelled.

Cancelation of commencement will not prevent graduates from earning their degree as long as they have completed all of their degree requirements. For further details about diplomas, see https://manoa.hawaii.edu/records/diplomas.html

To our soon-to-be graduates, please know how truly proud we are of all of you and all you have been able to accomplish during your time at Mānoa. Our campus will come out of this stronger and more resilient. The strength and aloha our community has for one another will grow. I wish you and your loved ones peace and good health.

Go to UH News for the President Lassner’s full announcement: https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/03/19/important-commencement-announcement/

E mālama pono,
Michael S. Bruno
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa