Spring 2019 Commencement to Be Held on May 9

Graduates recessing at Commencement ceremony

HPU looks forward to celebrating the achievements of our graduates at the Spring 2019 Commencement ceremony, which will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2019, 5 p.m., at Neal Blaisdell Arena. More details will be announced leading up to this special day.

Hosting Fall Commencement at Aloha Tower was significant for the University, and in the very near future, we intend to host Commencement on campus permanently.

The May 9 date for this year’s Spring Commencement was published via our academic calendar this past summer. As the spring graduating class is larger than the fall class, and we don’t want to begin the ceremony any earlier on a weekday, we needed a venue large enough to accommodate everyone at one start time this Spring. We don’t presently have a campus venue able to host all spring graduates and guests at one time; however, the Blaisdell is available to accommodate all circumstances, which is why we’ve selected this venue again. Beyond this spring, though, the Blaisdell is slated for a multi-year renovation.

Holding Commencement on campus – the place HPU Sharks made their academic memories – is something we’ve long planned. Aloha Tower Marketplace is a place of special significance to our university and our state. We’re working on logistics that will ensure future campus Commencements, whether at Aloha Tower or another venue.

The Commencement planning committee, comprised of staff from various departments across the University, is diligently planning an event that will be special for our graduates and their families and friends. We hope you will join us to proudly congratulate our students — who we have the pleasure of working with and mentoring — and welcome them into the University’s global network of alumni, numbering more than 45,000 individuals.