Instructions for Bachelor's Degree Candidates
104th Annual Commencement Exercises
Undergraduate Ceremony
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Stan Sheriff Center

All participating graduates must register by May 1, 2015.

Place/Time

Undergraduate Ceremony
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Stan Sheriff Center
Candidates report by 8:00 a.m. to Stan Sheriff Center loading dock area (please see map below). Candidates should check in with the student marshal upon arrival.

Guests

No tickets will be issued. All guests are welcome to the ceremonies on a first-come, first-seated basis. However, as a courtesy, graduates are asked to limit their guests to five (5) individuals. Gates will open at 7:45 a.m. We strongly recommend that your 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.

Parking

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

Graduates who arrive in a vehicle with three or more occupants can park on the University Lab School lawn on the corner of Dole Street and University Avenue (entrance to lawn is on Dole Street). A trolley will be provided to and from the Stan Sheriff Center. Space is limited so plan to arrive early. Parking on the lawn will open at 6:00 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.

For disability access information for your guests, please call 956-GRAD.

Prior to Commencement

Print your Name Card page produced by the online registration system and bring it to the ceremony. Include pronunciation hints, if necessary, for the name reader.

All candidates must have a cap and gown in order to participate. Alteration of gowns is prohibited (i.e. shortening the length). We ask that you refrain from decorating your cap with items that will obstruct the view of your fellow candidates.

A demonstration on how to wear the cap and gown is available here. We strongly recommend participants view it before commencement day.

Day of Commencement

Caps should be worn at all times. The cap should be worn squarely on the top of the head. The front of the cap, which has the shorter point, should be centered directly over your nose. Tassels on your caps should hang on the right of your cap until after the symbolic conferring of degrees.

Assemble at the Stan Sheriff Center security entrance by 8:00 a.m. Check in with your college student marshal, 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 together 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: Children (including infants) will not be allowed to accompany graduates in the ceremony. Please plan to have your guests watch your children during the ceremony.

Candidates needing disability accommodations are required to contact the KOKUA program at 956-7511.

Procession

The student procession into the arena will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. under the direction of your college student marshal. All graduates will be seated on the arena floor facing the stage. Refer to floor map for additional seating details.

**Subject to change. Layout will vary depending on number of graduates registered to participate.

Ceremony

The faculty marshal will ask you to rise when your college and degree are called. Follow your college student marshal single file up to the side of the stage. You will take your first photograph on the arena floor before going on stage. The second photograph will be taken on stage. Present your printed Name Card to the name reader (ensure that it is folded in half) as you cross the stage. As your name is read, move to stage center to receive diploma cover and congratulations, exit the stage and return to your original seat. Remain standing until you are instructed to be seated by the faculty marshal.

When all candidates have returned to their original seats, the Chancellor will direct you to shift your tassels to the left as a symbol of graduation and then instruct you to be seated.

Please honor your fellow candidates, who have also worked hard for this moment, by treating them with dignity and respect.

After the Ceremony

Meet your guests by the appropriate alphabetical sign on the following fields:

  • A-N: Clarence T. C. Ching Complex
  • O-Z: Les Murakami Baseball Stadium

We recommend that you meet guests with physical disabilities at a location closer to the Stan Sheriff Center.

Diplomas

Because semester records will not be available by the date of commencement, the conferring of degrees at the ceremony is provisional, pending verification that degree requirements have been met. Diplomas will be available for pickup 10 weeks after the ceremony at the Office of the Registrar, Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services 010. To receive your diploma by mail, complete a "Request to Mail Diploma" card at that office (be sure to check postal rates for mailing outside the United States). For further information, call 956-8010.

Photographs

Audience members can take photographs from their seats only. A photographer will take a photograph of each candidate receiving his/her diploma. After commencement, you will receive an email message from the photographer with a link to view your proof online. You may order additional photographs at that time. If you do not wish to have your contact information forwarded to the photographer so that he may send your proof, please submit your request in writing by May 1, 2015 to the Commencement Coordinator, 2500 Campus Road, Hawaiʻi Hall 209, Honolulu, HI 96822.

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