Traffic Advisory: UH Mānoa spring 2024 commencement Saturday

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: May 9, 2024

Video link: File footage of UH Mānoa commencement

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa will hold its spring commencement exercises on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at the Stan Sheriff Center. 

Ceremonies will be held at 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The ceremonies will also be available via webcast from the Mānoa Commencement page. More than 2,000 candidates for bachelor’s, master’s and doctorates are registered to participate in the ceremonies.

Kūhiō Lewis, CEO, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement will be the commencement speaker.

9 a.m. ceremony:

  • College of Arts, Languages & Letters
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • College of Social Sciences
  • College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources
  • Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology

3:30 p.m. ceremony

  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing, including Department of Dental Hygiene
  • School of Architecture
  • Shidler College of Business
  • Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health

Prior to the start, vehicles may be backed up on H-1 Freeway near the university in both directions. Please drive with caution. After the ceremonies end traffic will be heavy on Dole Street, University Avenue and other roads leading from campus. 

Balloons, strollers and large signs are not allowed inside the SSC. Overflow seating for the ceremony is in the Les Murakami Stadium. The ceremony will be shown live on the stadium screen. Food will be available for purchase at concession stands in the Stan Sheriff Center.

Parking and carpooling

Campus parking is free. Disability accessible parking stalls are located on the third-floor Diamond Head side of the parking structure, with additional stalls distributed on each floor on the ʻEwa side of the parking structure and throughout lots on the main campus. For disability access information, call the Mānoa Commencement Hotline at (808) 956-GRAD (4723).

Passenger Drop-Off and Pick-Up Areas

The designated passenger drop-off and pick-up area will be on the ground floor area between the parking structure and the Athletic Complex. Signs will be posted to direct drivers to this area.

This area will be closed when the parking structure has filled and/or during the period when traffic is modified for exiting.

Congratulating graduates

After the ceremony, guests may meet graduates to bestow their congratulations and lei near the appropriate alphabetical signs on the T.C Ching  field (last names A–K) and the Les Murakami Stadium field (last names L–Z). Alphabet signs will be posted and maps will be available in the commencement program. Lei vendors will be available next to the beach volleyball court next to T.C. Ching field.

We ask that those presenting lei to graduates leave the plastic clamshell containers behind as they overwhelm the trash receptacles. To preserve our newly renovated athletic fields, potentially damaging shoes (i.e. stiletto heels, metal cleats, etc), streamers, and confetti are prohibited. 

For more information on commencement, go to:

Also, eight Hawaiʻi high schools will hold their graduations at UH Mānoa as well starting on May 18. See the list of schools along with dates and times.