Award-winning journalist is UHM Commencement speaker on Saturday

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Diane Chang, (808) 956-0391
Director of Communications, Chancellor's Office
Posted: Dec 16, 2013

Commencement speaker Jose Antonio Vargas
Commencement speaker Jose Antonio Vargas

UH Mānoa will hold its mid-year 2013 Commencement ceremony on Saturday morning, December 21, at the Stan Sheriff Center. Commencement speaker will be Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, immigration activist, and founder of Define American, a campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation on the topic of immigration.

The UH Mānoa mid-year 2013 Commencement program will begin at 9 a.m. The student procession will begin at 8:30 a.m.

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.

About 1,100 students are eligible to receive degrees and certificates to conclude the Fall academic term. Just over 800 students will receive bachelor degrees, and more than 300 will receive master’s and doctorate degrees, and post-baccalaureate certificates in secondary education.

Doors to the Stan Sheriff Center will open at 7:45 a.m. The event is 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 lower campus Parking Structure, which will open at 6 a.m.

Following the ceremony, friends and family members may greet graduates on the football grass practice field (surnames A-L) and the soccer practice field (M-Z).

There will be a live Webcast of the ceremony. For more information on the Webcast, and other details about the Commencement ceremony, see

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