Graduation Information

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Applying for Graduation 

Application for Degree/Certificate

To be awarded a diploma from the College, you must submit an “Application for Degree/Certificate”. We strongly recommended that you schedule a “Degree/Certificate Check” appointment with a counselor before applying. Send an email to your counselor to set up a Degree/Certificate Check now.

A non-refundable $15 fee is required for an Associate Degree or Certificate of Achievement. If you are denied graduation, the fee may be applied to subsequent degree/certificate applications. Proof of payment is required for the fee to be waived for subsequent semesters.

Applications for a degree/certificate will be denied if all requirements, including incompletes, have not been met by the end of the graduating semester. An “I” grade, regardless of the contingency grade assigned, is considered non-completion of a course. You will be eligible for graduation in the semester that the “I” grade has been changed and will be required to reapply for graduation.

Application Deadlines

  • October 15 for Fall graduation
  • March 15 for Spring graduation
  • June 15 for Summer graduation


Step 1 : See your program counselor for a graduation check.

Make an appointment with your program counselor for an official graduation check before the graduation application deadline.

Step 2 : Submit a graduation application form.

Complete and submit a graduation application form by the application deadline*.

(*NOTE: You will need to log in with your email address to gain access to this form. Please make sure you are signed in with your own UH username.)

Please fill out all of the required information. A $15.00 fee is assessed upon submission of the form and will post on your student account. You may pay this fee via your student account or at the Cashier’s office. The deadline to apply for graduation (notation of credentials) is the last day of instruction in the semester or summer session that you are completing your program graduation requirements.  If you would like to order a diploma, you will need to submit your Application for Graduation by the deadlines stated above. If your Application for Graduation is submitted after the deadline, your diploma will not arrive until the end of the following semester.

Students applying for multiple degrees must submit multiple application forms with fees.

Students who do not submit their applications by these deadlines will not may not have their names printed in the KCC Commencement Program. However, you are still eligible to participate in the Ceremony.

Step 3 : Purchase cap and gown.

The KCC Bookstore will have your monarch blue cap, gown, tassel, collar (for women) available for purchase the second week of April. Cost for cap and gown is approximately $36.00 (subject to change).

Step 4 : Commencement Pre-Ceremony Preparation

Commencement Ceremony at Kapi’olani Community College will be held on the last Friday of the Spring semester at 6:00 p.m on the Great Lawn on the KCC campus. You must REGISTER to participate in the Commencement Exercises.

Follow the Commencement Day Procedures for Graduates for more information.

Step 5 : Pick up your diploma.

Diplomas are available at KISC in Ilima 102 approximately two months after the end of the semester. KISC will contact you via email or regular mail indicating when diplomas are available.