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Information Regarding Disability Access

113th Annual Commencement Exercises
Saturday, May 11, 2024
Stan Sheriff Center

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Although there are accessible parking stalls throughout campus, the majority of the accessible stalls are located on the Diamond Head side of the third floor of the lower campus parking structure. From the third floor, a ramp leads directly to the main entrance (for guests) of the Stan Sheriff Center. Graduates should proceed to the loading dock area behind the Stan Sheriff Center.

Please note that all parking is available on a first-come first-served basis.

Parking attendants will be able to provide directions to drivers needing accessible parking. A valid Department of Transportation placard is required to park in these stalls.

Passenger Drop-Off and Pick-Up Areas

It is recommended that passengers, including ADA passengers, be dropped off on the third floor of the Diamond Head side of the lower campus parking structure. From the third floor, a ramp leads directly to the main entrance (for guests) of the Stan Sheriff Center. Elevators are available in the parking structure and the athletic complex.

For concerns of safety, please do not drop off passengers in the middle of the road or along areas with heavy traffic.

Seating for Guests

Persons with mobility needs will be able enter the arena without using the stairs as elevators are available both in the parking structure and in the athletics complex. As you enter the main entrance to the Stan Sheriff Center, you will arrive on the mezzanine level of the main concourse. The row of seats around the main concourse is reserved for persons with disabilities. Ushers will be available to assist you as needed.

American Sign Language Interpreter

A sign language interpreter will interpret the commencement ceremonies from the beginning introductions to the commencement address, and the closing remarks. The interpreter will not interpret the individual recognition of students. The interpreter will be positioned on stage, and visible on the large screen of the Jumbotron.

Electronic and Large-type Programs

Large-type programs are available upon request. If you or your guest requires such programs, be sure to ask an usher to assist you. Electronic copies of the program will be posted on the commencement home page closer to the date of the ceremony.

Candidate Information

Degree candidates report to the Security Entrance of the Stan Sheriff Center. If you require special assistance in order to participate in the ceremony, you must contact KOKUA Services at (808) 956-7511.

After the Ceremony

All graduates are escorted to the appropriate alphabetical sign on the athletic fields (A–K meet at the Clarence T. C. Ching field, L–Z meet at the Les Murakami Baseball Stadium field). Signs will be posted on the fields and maps will be available in the programs. Guests with special needs may want to consider meeting graduates at a location closer to the Stan Sheriff Center.


The University does not provide wheelchairs for the commencement ceremonies. If you need a wheelchair, you are advised to make your own arrangements prior to the ceremony. The following wheelchair and scooter rental companies may be of service to you:

  • Better Home Appliances, Inc (808) 737-3055
  • Hawaii Wheelchair Rental (808) 772-9723
  • Hawaiian Islands Medical Corp (808) 597-8087

Additional Questions?

For further information, email, or call (808) 956-GRAD.