Spring 2017 Commencement

Date: Thursday, May 11th, 2017
Location: Neal Blaisdell Center, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu
Graduating Student
3 p.m., Blaisdell Exhibition Hall
Doors Open for Guests: 4 p.m., Blaisdell Arena
Graduate Line-up: 4:30 p.m., Blaisdell Exhibition Hall
Ceremony: 5 p.m., Blaisdell Arena


There are 10 seating tickets per graduating student. Everyone, children included, will need a ticket for entry into the Blaisdell Arena. Additional tickets will be available at Will Call after 3 pm. 

Ceremony Length

The ceremony is anticipated to take up to 2.5 hours. The ceremony is not complete until the recessional has ended. We ask that all graduating students stay for the entire ceremony and recessional.


The ceremony will be webcast live at HPU does not guarantee the quality of webcast.

Exhibition Hall Post Ceremony Meet-And-Greet

Following the graduate recessional, the Exhibition Hall will be open to your guests for a meet-and-greet event. Graduates may meet faculty, friends and family near signs designated with the first letter of your last name. The event will conclude at 8:30 p.m. Those who do not wish to participate in the meet-and-greet may leave the Exhibition Hall at the conclusion of the recessional.

Graduates, Have You Registered for Your FREE Picture with the President?

A graduation “handshake” photo with President Gotanda will be available on our HPU Alumni Directory approximately two weeks following commencement. To receive a free digital copy, please register online using an email address that you check frequently.

Senior Class Gift

Celebrate your milestone, leave your mark on campus and help support the next generation of students through the Student Philanthropy Council!

Senior Class Gift