Graduation & Commencement

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

If you have not already done so, please be sure to apply for graduation.

Dates to Remember

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 11:59 HST
deadline to participate in the Commencement Celebration or Virtual Celebration.


Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 11:59 pm HST
Final deadline to apply for Graduation for the Spring 2021 semester.

Applying for Graduation

To ensure official awarding of your degree or certificate from our College, be sure to submit the online Application for Graduation. Please review your STAR prior to submitting the Application for Graduation to verify that you have met all degree requirements. It is also strongly recommended that you schedule a “Graduation Check” with your academic counselor before submitting the online Application for Graduation Form. Send an email to your academic counselor to set up a “Graduation Check” now. 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. You will be notified via email at your hawaii.edu address with confirmation of your award and information on how to receive your diploma (if purchased). Diplomas will not be released if there are any outstanding financial obligations.

For further information, email the Graduation Office at kapgrad@hawaii.edu. Please do not call or come to the center before a notification is sent.

Commencement Celebrations

Four main celebration activities:

  1. Photo Zone
  2. Mahalo Messages
  3. Grad Pages
  4. Commencement Celebration (walk-thru celebration)

Photo Zone

We also will be hosting a photo zone on Friday, April 16 on campus from 12pm – 4pm in the Ohia Cafeteria (above the Bookstore), where you will make an appointment to come onto campus. We will have a professional photographer and a backdrop set up so that you can take photos in your cap and gown or whatever graduation attire you would like to wear. You will have the option to purchase prints directly from our photo vendor, Picture Man. We will also have another backdrop if you want to take your own photos as well. You can sign up for an appointment time.

Mahalo Messages

We will also be recording Mahalo Messages on Friday, April 16 on campus from 12pm – 4pm. Mahalo Messages is when you can record a message (max of 15 seconds) to your family, friends, professors, staff or fellow graduates. This will be shared during the virtual celebration and possibly the school website as well as our social media. You can make an appointment to come on campus to record OR you can record and submit it on your own from your own place/time.

Graduate Pages

We will also have graduate pages available online for those who graduated Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 who have graduated/expected to graduate whether you are doing the walk-thru in-person Commencement Celebration or Virtual Celebration. You will have your own online page where you can upload up to 5 photos and 3 quotes/messages for your family and friends to see. We will email instructions on how to access your Graduate Page. The graduate pages will go live on Friday, May 14.

Commencement Celebration

Friday, May 14, 2021
On campus, in person, walk-thru

We will be doing a socially distanced Commencement Celebration that will allow you to have your photo professionally taken, march and have your name read, receive a scroll from the Chancellor, and turn your tassel.

Each graduate will be allowed to have two guests accompany them. Along the way, there will be options for students to take photos at our photo zone or purchase items from the bookstore. Once you get to the stage, only you, the graduate will take a picture, and will go on the stage. Your name will be read, you will receive a scroll, take a picture, and turn your tassel with your program/group in another area. Your two guests can take pictures and record as well and then you will head out! After you register, you will be assigned a time to walk in with your program.

More details will be provided once you have filled out the google form. RSVP here and we will send you more information.

This is an opportunity for you to walk and be photographed in your graduation regalia. You can purchase a cap and gown from the Bookstore’s Grad Store.

For any questions regarding commencement celebration activities, please refer to our Commencement FAQs or please email kapcomm@hawaii.edu.

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