Traffic alert: Spring 2010 graduation ceremonies

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Diane Chang, (808) 722-2538
Chancellor's Office
Posted: May 13, 2010

UH Mānoa’s two Spring 2010 Commencement exercises are scheduled for this Saturday, May 15, at the Stan Sheriff Center.  The undergraduate ceremony is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and should end around noon; the graduate ceremony is set for 3-5 p.m.
Traffic has been known to back up at H-1 University off-ramps in both directions prior to the ceremonies.
Graduates, families, friends, and UH faculty and staff who plan to attend this year’s Commencement should be aware of possible traffic congestion, to approach the campus with caution, and to arrive early to avoid delays and guarantee seating.  
Some 2,400 students will earn degrees and certificates for the Spring semester and Summer session. More than 1,600 bachelor candidates are eligible to attend the undergraduate ceremony, while nearly 800 graduate degree candidates (master’s and doctor’s degrees and post-baccalaureate certificates in secondary education) may take part in the afternoon ceremony.
Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng, sister of President Barack Obama and education specialist at the East-West Center, will be the commencement speaker for both morning and afternoon ceremonies.  She will be available for a group interview at the conclusion of the undergraduate ceremony at around noon.
Doors to the Stan Sheriff Center will open at 8 a.m. for the undergraduate ceremony and at 2 p.m. for the advanced degree ceremony. Both events are free and open to the public. No tickets are issued, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Balloons and strollers are not allowed inside the Stan Sheriff Center.
Free parking will be available in the parking structure, which will open at 6 a.m.  Friends and family members may greet graduates following the ceremony on the football practice field (surnames A-L), the soccer practice field (M-T) and at the softball stadium (U-Z). Authorized lei vendors will be located in the areas.
There will be a live Webcast of the ceremony. For information on the Webcast and additional details about graduation, visit