Graduation & Commencement


Thursday, May 7, 2020, 11:59 pm HST – Final deadline to apply for Graduation for the Spring 2020 semester. 

Important: Kapi‘olani Community College commencement ceremonies

Aloha Kapi‘olani CC ʻOhana,

On March 19, University of Hawai‘i President David Lassner made the important announcement: “After discussions with leadership at the campuses and system level, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all traditional commencement ceremonies at UH’s 10 campuses.”

We realize this is disappointing news for you and your loved ones. Each year, our Kapi‘olani CC ʻohana looks forward to sharing in one of the most significant milestones in our students’ lives. Please rest assured that this difficult decision was made after careful deliberation and weighing of possible risks to you and your families. We share in your disappointment that this unprecedented health crisis has robbed everyone of this moment.

If you were expecting to participate in commencement in May 2020, please think of this moment as a delay or postponement, not as a loss. You will have the opportunity to participate in a future in-person commencement. Information about participation in a rescheduled/postponed ceremony will be shared here, on our Facebook, and through email as information becomes available.

Cancelation of the May commencement ceremony will not prevent graduates from earning their degree so long as they have completed all their degree requirements. Read below for further details about diplomas.

To our soon-to-be graduates, please know how truly proud we are of all of you and all you have been able to accomplish during your time at KCC. We look forward to celebrating those accomplishments at a rescheduled commencement and hope that you will be able to join us then. For now, I wish you and your loved ones continued good health and safe end of the semester.

With much aloha,

Louise Pagotto



Congratulations! Graduating and attaining your Associate or Certificate​ is one of the most rewarding experiences in your academic journey. 

Please note that while commencement has been postponed, you still need to apply to graduate. To ensure you are eligible to graduate and get your degree, apply here.

Applying for Graduation

To be awarded a diploma from the College, you must submit an “Application for Graduation.Review your STAR prior to submitting the Application for Graduation. It is also strongly recommended that you schedule a “Degree/Certificate Check” appointment with your academic counselor before applying for graduation.

Send an email to your academic counselor to set up a Degree/Certificate Check now.

Apply for Graduation A $15.00 non-refundable/non-transferable fee is assessed upon processing of this application for all AA, AS, and CA and will post on your student account within 5 business days of submission. There is no charge for all CO, ASC, and APC.

Diplomas will be available for pickup 8-10 weeks after the last day of school at the Kekaulike Center in ‘Ilima 102. You will be notified via email at your address when your diploma will be available. Because semester records will not be available by commencement, the conferring of degrees at the ceremony is provisional, pending verification that degree requirements have been met. Diplomas will not be released if there are any outstanding financial obligations. For further information, email the Graduation Office at

Please do not call or come to the center before a notification is sent.

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