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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

111th Annual Commencement Exercises
Friday, May 13, 2022 and Saturday, May 14, 2022
Stan Sheriff Center

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Which ceremony am I in?

Friday, May 13, 2022 – 5:00 p.m.

  • College of Social Sciences
  • College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
  • School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology
  • William S. Richardson School of Law

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (estimated time) – Stan Sheriff Center

Candidates arrive by 4:00 p.m. to Stan Sheriff Center loading dock area (please see map below).

Gates will open for guests at 3:45 p.m.

Saturday, May 14, 2022 – 9:00 a.m.

  • College of Arts, Languages & Letters
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • Hawai’inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing
  • School of Architecture
  • Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (estimated time) – Stan Sheriff Center

Candidates arrive by 8:00 a.m. to Stan Sheriff Center loading dock area (please see map below).

Gates will open for guests at 7:45 a.m.

Saturday, May 14, 2022 – 3:30 p.m.

  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • Shidler College of Business, with School of Travel Industry Management

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (estimated time) – Stan Sheriff Center

Candidates arrive by 2:30 p.m. to Stan Sheriff Center loading dock area (please see map below).

Gates will open for guests at 2:15 p.m.

Upon arrival, candidates should check in with the student marshal standing near the school/college sign.

Diagram of the Stan Sheriff Center loading dock area

If you are graduating with two or more degrees/majors, complete your registration with the college/school you would like to sit with on commencement day.

Who is eligible to participate?

Any prospective spring or summer graduate who has filed a degree application is eligible and encouraged to participate in the commencement ceremony. Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020 graduates and Spring, Summer, Fall 2021 graduates are also invited to participate in the Spring 2022 ceremony.

Please consult with the student academic services office of your college/school for instructions on filing a petition to graduate – preferably prior to the semester you will be graduating. A degree check is usually performed to confirm if you are qualified to graduate.

How do I register to participate?

Register at manoa.hawaii.edu/commencement/register by May 1, 2022 to participate in the ceremony. Please be advised that registering for the ceremony is not the same as filing a degree application.

You must register and have a cap and gown (and hood for advanced degree candidates) to participate.

How do I order my cap and gown?

You may purchase your cap and gown (and hood for advanced degree candidates) online via the Bookstore’s Website or visit the Bookstore before May 13, 2022 to purchase your cap and gown in person. * Note: Purchase your regalia early. The Bookstore cannot guarantee the availability of all sizes, hood and tassel colors after April 11, 2022.

Prices: (*All subject to change)

Gown prices: Undergraduate $45.95, Master’s $52.95, Doctoral $62.95*. Note: Gowns requiring special sizing must be ordered by April 2, 2022. Special sizing orders after this date will be assessed a service charge for air freight.

***Please note that the undergraduate gowns are GREEN.

Hood prices: Master’s $40.95, Doctoral $49.95*.

Bookstore Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call the Bookstore at (808) 956-6884.

How do I register if I am off-island and without internet access?

Contact the Commencement Office at 956-GRAD or in writing to: Commencement Coordinator, 2500 Campus Road, Hawaiʻi Hall 209, Honolulu, HI 96822 to request a registration form. You may order your cap and gown by phone by calling (800) 842-6657. Place your order by April 11, 2022.

How do I order commencement announcements?

Personalized graduation announcements are available at the Bookstore. Minimum order: 25 cards. Regular price: $1.95 each (price subject to change). You may place your order online at:

http://www.bookstore.hawaii.edu/manoa/

How do I arrange for my name to be called at the ceremony?

When you register online, be sure to print your name card. After printing, please fold the sheet in half, and bring it with you to the ceremony. Please present the name card, to the name reader as you cross the stage.

How do I ensure that my honor society memberships are listed in the program?

Inform faculty advisers of the honor societies to which you belong that you are a candidate for graduation.

Do my family or I need tickets?

The ceremony and lei reception after the ceremony are open to the public. No tickets or names of guests will be required. All guests are welcome to the ceremonies on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Arena doors will open at

  • 3:45 p.m. for the Friday, 5:00 p.m. ceremony
  • 7:45 a.m. for the Saturday, 9:00 a.m. ceremony, and
  • 2:15 p.m. for the Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ceremony

We strongly recommend that guests arrive early, as the doors to the Stan Sheriff Center will be closed when the arena reaches maximum capacity.

Balloons, large signs, and strollers are not allowed into the arena for safety reasons. Guests can take photographs and videos from their seats only.

Do I or my guests need to be vaccinated?

Per the UH System Press Release, COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements have been suspended across all 10 campuses within the system effective March 26, 2022. Regular testing and proof of vaccination for COVID-19 will no longer be required for commencement participants. However, we strongly recommend graduates and their guests wear masks as a way to protect the community as a whole at the commencement ceremonies. Please visit the COVID-19 website for further information.

Masks are now required at the ceremonies

UH Mānoa is requiring commencement attendees to wear masks during the indoor ceremonies. The three ceremonies will be held at the Stan Sheriff Center — one on Friday, May 13, and two on Saturday, May 14.

The only time masks may be removed is when the graduating student poses for the on-stage photo when receiving their diploma. This decision was made in the hope of keeping everyone at the ceremonies safe. 

The recent increase in COVID-19 cases has prompted the change from encouraging masks to requiring them. State health officials and experts from the UH medical community have warned that preventive measures should be followed to limit the current rise in cases.

Mask wearing is encouraged during lei giving outdoors.

Clear Bag Policy

UH is suspending the requirement of clear bags for graduation/commencement ceremonies held at the Stan Sheriff Center.

What happens on the day of the ceremony?

Friday

On Friday night, the livestream is only available online due to the previously-scheduled baseball game.

Saturday

On Saturday, the pubic may view a livestream of the ceremony from Murakami Stadium.

Graduates

Wear your cap and gown (and hood for advanced degree candidates). Alteration of gowns is prohibited (i.e. shortening the length). Without a cap and gown, you cannot participate in the ceremony. Please refrain from decorating your caps with any items that may obstruct the view of your fellow candidates seated behind you. Assemble at the Stan Sheriff Center security entrance by:

  • 4:00 p.m. for the Friday 5:00 p.m. ceremony
  • 8:00 a.m. for the Saturday 9:00 a.m. ceremony, and
  • 2:30 p.m. for the Saturday 3:30 p.m. ceremony

Signs will be posted along a rope originated from the loading dock gate entrance. Please check in with your school/college student marshal once you find your sign, then line up in double-file lines behind the appropriate sign for your degree and college (see Loading Dock map above). If you are uncertain where to line up, please refer to your name card. Friends who wish to sit side by side during the ceremony must line up one behind the other or they will be separated.

Traditionally, flower lei are not presented or worn until after the ceremony. No balloons are allowed into the Stan Sheriff Center.

Note: Large bags (purses, backpacks, etc.), placards or signage, beach balls, and pets (excluding service animals) will not be allowed on the arena floor. Plan to have your guests keep your personal belongings until after the ceremony.

Note to Parents and Pet Owners: Children (including infants) and pets (excluding service animals) will not be allowed to accompany graduates in the ceremony. Please plan to have your guests watch your children during the ceremony.

To preserve our newly renovated athletic fields, potentially damaging shoes (i.e., stiletto heels, metal cleats, etc.) are prohibited. Please also pass this information on to your guests.

Can my family and friends take photographs?

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, you will receive an email message from the photographer with a link to view your proof online. If you do not wish to have your contact information forwarded to the photographer so that he can send the proof to you, please submit your request in writing by May 1, 2022 to the Commencement Coordinator, 2500 Campus Road, Hawaiʻi Hall 209, Honolulu, HI 96822.

Photographs will be available after the ceremony at www.pmoh.com

When will I receive my diploma?

The conferring of degrees at the ceremony is provisional and is contingent upon the successful verification that degree requirements have been met by the Office of the Registrar and your college/school. Diplomas will be mailed to the mailing address on record within 8-10 weeks after the end of the semester. Students are responsible for ensuring their mailing address is correct.

For further information, please visit the Office of the Registrar website.

How can I get an extra copy of the printed program?

Programs containing a list of the graduates will be provided to graduates at their seats. For additional copies (while supplies last) after the ceremony, email graduate@hawaii.edu. Guests will be given an abbreviated copy upon entering the arena.

What happens after the ceremony?

The lei reception after the ceremony is open to the public. Graduates will meet their guests by the appropriate alphabetical sign on the athletic fields. 

Friday

Due to a scheduled baseball game on Friday evening, the guests will meet the graduates at Clarence T. C. Ching Complex.

Saturday

On Saturday, the guests will meet the graduates at:

  • A-K: Clarence T. C. Ching Complex
  • L-Z: Les Murakami Baseball Stadium

To preserve our newly renovated athletic fields, potentially damaging shoes (i.e., stiletto heels, metal cleats, etc.) are prohibited. Please also pass this information on to your guests.

Graduates and their guests will be asked to clear the fields by:

  • 7:00 p.m. for the Friday 5:00 p.m. ceremony
  • 11:30 a.m. for the Saturday 9:00 a.m. ceremony, and
  • 6:00 p.m. for the Saturday 3:30 p.m. ceremony.

Waste Reduction Efforts

We invite you to support our campus’ waste reduction efforts towards a zero-waste future by taking the following actions before you arrive on-campus:

  • Leave the plastic clamshell containers at home.
  • Carry your lei and makana (gifts) in reusable bags.
  • Make lei from plants growing in your garden instead of purchasing them from the store.

What about disability access information?

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. For information and referral, visit the Commencement Disability Access page or call 956-GRAD.

Are there any other instructions?

The commencement ceremony is a special rite of passage, honoring you and your fellow students who have all worked hard to reach this moment. Please honor your fellow graduates throughout the ceremony by treating them with respect and dignity.

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