About 900 UH Manoa students are registered to participate in Dec. 17th Commencement Exercises

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Shawn Nakamoto, (808) 956-0990
Senior Director of Communications and Marketing, Office of the Chancellor
Posted: Dec 12, 2016

Commencement keynote speaker Ai-Jen Poo
Commencement keynote speaker Ai-Jen Poo

UH Mānoa will hold its 2016 Mid-Year Commencement Exercise on Saturday, December 17, in the Stan Sheriff Center on Lower Campus from 9 a.m. to noon.  The student procession will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the program begins at 9 a.m.  Approximately 900 candidates for certificates, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorates are registered to participate in the ceremony.

The keynote speaker is Ai-Jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (see link at https://manoa.hawaii.edu/commencement/speakers.php for more info).  The student speaker is Cautchy Bailly, candidate for a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Finance.

Attendees should be aware of expected traffic congestion upon entering and exiting Lower Campus.  Free parking is available in the Lower Campus Parking Structure, which opens at 5 a.m.  Please approach the campus with caution, and arrive early to avoid delays, if possible. The Waialae entrance will be closed before and during the ceremony.

To view a live webcast of the Commencement ceremony, and for more information, please visit https://manoa.hawaii.edu/commencement.  The webcast will be viewable on the website until May 12, 2017.


Doors to the Stan Sheriff Center will open at 7:45 a.m.  The ceremony is free and open to the public. No tickets are issued, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Attendees are urged to arrive early, as the doors to the Center will be closed when the arena reaches maximum capacity.

Balloons, strollers and large signs are not allowed inside the Stan Sheriff Center.

Overflow seating for the ceremony will be available in the Les Murakami Stadium.  The ceremony will be shown live on the Stadium screen.  Food will be available for purchase at concession stands in the Stadium.

The metal staircase leading from Johnson Hall on Dole Street to the tennis courts and grass fields is closed due to construction, so attendees should use the Parking Structure elevators or the path from Student Housing to access Lower Campus.

The H-Zone store will be open at the Stan Sheriff Center from 9 a.m. until the end of the ceremony.  A 10% discount is available during Saturday’s special hours of operation.


Campus parking is free.  Disability accessible parking stalls are located on the third-floor Diamond Head side of the Parking Structure, with additional stalls distributed on each floor on the ʻEwa side of the Parking Structure and throughout lots on the main campus.  For disability access information, call the Mānoa Commencement Hotline at (808) 956-GRAD (4723).

Graduates who arrive in a vehicle with three or more occupants can park on the UH Lab School lawn on the corner of University Avenue and Dole Street, with the entrance on Dole Street.  All occupants will receive a free trolley ride to and from the Stan Sheriff Center.  VIP Parking for graduates will open at 6 a.m. and is available until capacity is reached.  

A parking shuttle service will be provided from Upper Campus (main campus) to the Stan Sheriff Center on Lower Campus.  Shuttle buses are wheelchair accessible and run a continuous route from the Biomedical Science Building to Krauss Circle, where riders may exit and walk to lower campus at the traffic light and crosswalk located between the law school library and law school.

All stops along its route will be marked with RAINBOW SHUTTLE STOP signs.  Stops along the shuttle route are:

•           Biomedical Science Building

•           Moore Hall

•           Kennedy Theatre

•           Physical Science Building

•           Art Building

•           Krauss Circle

•           Kuykendall Hall

•           Watanabe Hall

•           Jefferson Hall

•           Center for Korean Studies

•           Biomedical Science Building

•           Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies

For shuttle return trips throughout Upper Campus (main campus), passengers may board the shuttles at Krauss Circle and will be dropped off at stops along the way.


After the ceremony, guests may meet graduates to bestow their congratulations and lei near the appropriate alphabetical signs on the Clarence T.C. Ching Field (last names A-K) and the Les Murakami Stadium field (last names L-Z).  Alphabet signs will be posted and maps will be available in the Commencement program.

Authorized lei vendors will be set up within Ching Field on the pool side of the facility.

For more information, visit: https://manoa.hawaii.edu/commencement/