Commencement vs Graduation

What’s the difference?

While it is often referred to as “Graduation”, Commencement is a ceremony to celebrate those students who have or are projected to complete their graduation requirements over the recent academic period.

Graduation is the term used to mark the successful and official completion of a student’s graduation requirements for their chosen academic degrees and/or certificates. Degrees/certificates must be applied for at the Kekaulike Center – Graduation Section.

Dates to Remember

  • Tuesday, February 28, 2023 – Graduate Mixer/Alumni Panel at Ohia Cafeteria and Ohia 118
  • Thursday and Friday, April 13 and 14, 2023 – GRAD Fest on Makahiapo/The Great Lawn and Ohia Cafeteria
  • Friday, May 12, 2023 – Commencement Ceremony at Diamond Head Theatre. Time to be determined
  • Friday, May 12, 2023 – Diploma/Degree Application must be submitted to be awarded your degree/certificate.