Information for Faculty

106th Annual Commencement Exercises
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Stan Sheriff Center


The 106th Annual Commencement Exercises are on Saturday, May 13, 2017 in the Stan Sheriff Center. The ceremony is scheduled as follows:

Morning Ceremony Afternoon Ceremony
  • Ceremony begins at 9:00 a.m.
  • End time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Faculty arrive at 7:30 a.m.
  • Speaker: Dr. Vivek Murthy
  • Est. No. of Participants: 1200
  • Est. Length of Ceremony: 3 hours hours
  • Ceremony begins at 4:00 p.m.
  • End time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Faculty arrive at 2:30 p.m.
  • Speaker: Dr. Vivek Murthy
  • Est. No. of Participants: 1200
  • Est. Length of Ceremony: 3 hours hours

To participate in the commencement ceremony, please register online to ensure that you are included in the procession.

Regalia Availability:
1) The bookstore has tailored special order faculty regalia available for purchase or rental. Please contact Sarah Hutz and allow six weeks for delivery. The bookstore will customize regalia to faculty alma maters. Purchase prices vary. Rental rates are as follows:

  • Master cap & gown with tassel $85.00
  • Master hood $64.50
  • Doctoral Cap & Gown with tassel $90.00
  • Doctoral Hood $68.00
  • Tam (8 sided) with gold silk tassel $75.00
2) A limited amount of regalia is available from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs free of charge. These are one-time use regalia. You may reserve your regalia when you register to participate. The deadline to request regalia is April 30, 2017. Regalia will be available for pick-up in Hawaiʻi Hall 209 from May 2, 2017. An email reminder will be sent to those who have borrowed regalia. PLEASE NOTE: We will be discontinuing the free-of-charge borrowed regalia after the Spring 2017 ceremony.

A demonstration video by Herff Jones on how to wear the cap, gown,and hood is available here. We strongly recommend participants view it before commencement day.

Parking: Plan to arrive early, as considerable congestion surrounding the campus is expected. 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.

Commencement Reception: The Chancellor invites you to join the reception for our commencement speaker and distinguished guests in the Wong Hospitality Room in the Stan Sheriff Center at 7:30 a.m. for the morning ceremony and 2:30 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony.

Assemble for the Procession:

Faculty sponsors must arrive by 8:00 a.m. for the morning ceremony and 3:00 p.m. for the afernoon ceremony to the Stan Sheriff Center loading dock area to assemble with the doctoral procession.

Faculty who are not sponsors should wait for commencement staff announcement to line up (approximately 8:50 a.m. for the morning ceremony, 3:50 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony) behind the Stage Party (Deans).

Faculty Procession and Seating Section: Faculty will proceed into the arena following the student procession and will be seated above the stage party in the upper seating areas. Faculty Marshals will lead the procession. Please be on time in order to assemble and process with the faculty party.

Recession: Following the ceremony, faculty will follow the stage party out of the arena and line the hall along the Stan Sheriff Center exit to applaud the graduates as they exit the arena.

Questions? Please email us at graduate@hawaii.edu or call 956-3889.