Traffic alert: Commencement ceremonies to be held on Saturday, May 11

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Diane Chang, (808) 956-0391
Director of Communications, Chancellor's Office
Posted: May 10, 2013

UH Mānoa’s two Spring 2013 Commencement exercises are scheduled for this Saturday, May 11, at the Stan Sheriff Center.  The undergraduate ceremony is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and should end around noon; the advanced degree 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 ceremony.

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.

About 1,500 bachelor candidates are eligible to receive bachelor’s degrees at 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.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell will be the featured Commencement speaker at both ceremonies.  During the afternoon ceremony, an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters will be awarded to Hawai‘i’s living treasure, Eddie Kamae, acclaimed musician, composer, author and filmmaker.

Doors to the Stan Sheriff Center will open at 7:45 a.m. for the undergraduate ceremony and at 1:45 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.  Parking shuttle service will be provided for the undergraduate ceremony only. No shuttle service will be provided during the advanced degree ceremony. The shuttle buses are wheelchair accessible and run a continuous route from the Biomedical Science Building to Krauss Circle.

Friends and family members may greet graduates following the ceremony on the football practice field (surnames A-L) and the soccer practice field (M-Z). Authorized lei vendors will be located in the areas. Please consider meeting guests with physical disabilities at a location closer to the Stan Sheriff Center or another accessible location.

There will be a live webcast of the undergraduate ceremony. See the website at