Information for Graduates

Commencement Ceremony

Date: Monday, May 14, 2018
Location: The Neal S. Blaisdell Arena, 777 Ward Avenue, Honolulu
Time: 7:00 p.m
For information on the Baccalaureate/Honors Ceremony, please click here.

Things to do before Commencement

Students verified by the Office of the Registrar as completing all degree requirements or as potentially completing requirements by the end of the qualifying semester. All students participating must file a petition and submit their graduation fee by the February 9, 2018 deadline. After February 9 you must complete the late petition form and pay a $100 late fee. The graduation fee is required of all graduates, regardless of participation in the ceremony.

Need Accommodations?
Please let us know if you need any special accommodations or seating arrangements at the ceremony. You may email

Order Your Cap & Gown
Orders for your cap and gowns and personalized announcements will be done online beginning January 29, 2018 until April 5, 2018. To place your order, please go to You will not be charged for the cost of the cap, gown, and tassel; you will need to pay a $15.95 shipping fee as your order will be mailed directly to you.

Please make sure you receive an email confirmation after placing your order.
If you do not receive one, please contact Herff Jones at 1-800-837-4235 or at (808) 395-1322 (local representative). Please click here to order.

If you miss the ordering deadline, you may purchase regalia through the CUH bookstore at the prevailing retail price. Regalia will not be issued on Commencement night.

You may also order personalized announcements from the same website if you wish.

Order Photographs:
GradImages will be taking professional photographs of each graduate on stage during the ceremony.  Each graduate will be sent no-obligation proofs of the photographs via email and text after the event.  Proofs will also be sent via postal mail.  You will have the opportunity to purchase prints after you have seen your proofs.  Prior to the ceremony, visit their website, Enter your email and up to 6 emails of those who you would like to share in your accomplishment by allowing them to view and order your photos. If you have any questions about your commencement ceremony photographs, please visit  or call toll-free 1-800-261-2576.

Order Your Class Ring (Optional)
Class rings may be ordered at the CUH bookstore on Monday, March 5, 2018 and on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm.

Record Your Name:
Please record your name by going to This will help the announcers pronounce your name correctly. Deadline to do so is May 4, 2018..

Make your graduation exciting – see your name on the big screen!
We are the first and only school in Hawaii to utilize the Marching Order Display System. Your name, degree, and major will appear on the big screen in sync with a live video shot of you walking across the stage. Go to to submit the required information. Please fill this out even if you are not walking. Alumni Relations will send you a special graduation gift for filling out this form. Please allow 6-8 weeks after graduation for delivery of your gift. Deadline to submit the form is Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

Honor Cords and Hoods
Honors graduates will receive their cords at the Honors Ceremony. The honors designation is only for bachelor degree recipients.

Master’s degree recipients will receive their hoods on stage at Commencement. If you will not be attending, your hood will be mailed to you 3-4 weeks after May 14.

Commencement Day

Check in/Rehearsal:

  • 3:00-4:00 pm: Graduating Student Check in
  • 4:30 pm: Mandatory Rehearsal – Gather in the Exhibition Hall
  • 6:30 pm: Graduate Line Up, Blaisdell Exhibition Hall
  • 7:00 pm: Ceremony begins – the ceremony is estimated to last approx. 2 hours

Proper attire is required of all students participating in the ceremony. For attire under your gown:

  • Ladies: Dress or dress slacks with a top and comfortable sandals or low heels for safety reasons.
  • Men: Dark dress slacks, white collared shirt (tie is optional) , and dress shoes.

Since it is the University’s belief that Commencement is a special, dignified affair, no decorations are allowed on the cap and gowns. The only cords/sashes allowed are the ones given out by CUH and by the respective sanctioned honor societies. Honors cords will be distributed at the Honors Ceremony. Masters’ hoods will be presented on stage. Outstanding student award recipients may wear their medals. Leis may not be worn during the ceremony. You will not be allowed into the procession with inappropriate attire.

Please arrive at the Blaisdell with your cap and gown. You do not need to wear it for rehearsal. Do not bring purses, bags, or valuables to the Exhibition Hall since there is no place to store it. We suggest that you leave these items with a friend or family member.

Post Ceremony Meet and Greet:
Following the recessional, a meet and greet event will be held in the Exhibition Hall. The doors will open to guests once the last student exits the arena and enters the Hall. Graduates may meet with their guests under the signs designated with the first letter of the graduate’s last name.

Your legal name, as printed on your legal documents (birth certificate, social security card, passports, etc.) will be the name printed on your diploma.

Your diploma will be mailed to the address you provided on your petition. If the address has changed, please contact the records office.

You will receive your diploma once all your requirements have been completed and grades are in. This usually takes about 6-8 weeks after graduation.


For grades, records, and petitions – contact the records office at 808.735.4722 or email

For cap and gown/announcements – contact Herff Jones at 1.800.837.4235 or 808.395.1322 (local representative)

For the ceremonies or any other questions – call 808.739.4669 or email