HPU Events

HPU Commencement Ceremony

May 16, 2013 04:00 PM - May 16, 2013 06:00 PM

Location: Neil Blaisdell Center, 777 Ward Avenue

Event Type: Commencement

Graduating Student Check-In: 2 p.m., Blaisdell Exhibition Hall

Doors Open for Guests: 3 p.m., Blaisdell Arena

Graduate Line-up: 3:30 p.m., Blaisdell Exhibition Hall

Processional: 4 p.m., Blaisdell Arena

Guests not seated by 4 p.m. will be seated following the graduate processional.

Exhibition Hall Viewing Room:  Doors open approximately 30 minutes after processional


Parking is available for $6 at the Blaisdell Center if entering before 5 p.m. Parking after 5 p.m. is $7. Handicapped parking is available. Limited free or metered parking is available on city streets near the Blaisdell Center.


Arena doors will open at 3 p.m. Handicapped guests may be seated at 2:45 p.m. Guests not seated by 4 p.m. will be held at the door to be seated after the conclusion of the processional. Family and friends will not be able to enter the Exhibition Hall during student check-in and must wait on the concourse until the doors open.


Everyone, children included, will need a ticket for entry into the Blaisdell Arena. Tickets are not needed for the Exhibition Hall Viewing Room. For more information on ticket distribution, click on this link.


Limited Handicapped-accessible seating is available at the venue. Mobility challenged persons may be accompanied by up to three (3) able-bodied guests. To request for mobility challenged seating, please contact Ruby Okano at or (808) 544-9358.


The reserved VIP seating area will be designated with signage for guests of student valedictory speakers and university administrators only. Please check in at the VIP host table to be directed to the reserved seating area.


Enjoy the live viewing of the Commencement ceremony in the Exhibition Hall. Doors will open about 30 minutes after the processional. Tickets are not needed for entry.


Following the processional, family and friends may sit and relax inside the Exhibition Hall and enjoy the live feed of commencement.  Light refreshments and cookies will be served.  Following the recessional, graduates may meet faculty, friends and family near signs designated with the first letter of your last name. The event will conclude at 8 p.m. If you do not wish to participate in the meet-and-greet, you may leave the Exhibition Hall following the conclusion of the recessional.

For more information, click on this link.