Graduation Ceremony


For the health and safety of our students and community, and in light of new government regulations limiting travel and other activities, we are saddened to announce the postponement of our May 9 Commencement Ceremony. A new date will be set when it is safe to do so.

Every year, HPU students, families, faculty and staff look forward to celebrating this important day, so this decision has been particularly difficult - but, given the rapidly changing circumstances around the world, it was the only one we could make to protect the well-being of our entire ’ohana.

To the spring Class of 2020 – we know how significant this milestone is to you, your families and friends. Hawai’i Pacific University is deeply committed to honoring your hard work and accomplishments. We began this journey together just a few years ago when you joined our international learning community, and although you’re not able to walk this spring, you are no less a proud alum of HPU. We celebrate your achievements, we congratulate you on your successful journey through this stage in your life, and we promise to be here for your next steps. As soon as it’s possible to safely resume events, we will announce a rescheduled graduation ceremony for you.

Brooke Carroll 
Vice President of Advancement 
Hawaii Pacific University

Each graduate will receive (5) general admission tickets for their guests to attend the commencement ceremony. Tickets may be picked up at the following times/locations:

  • Grad Fest – April 14, 3:00-5:00 PM – Aloha Tower Marketplace, Sunset Ballroom 
  • HPU Bookstore – Immediately following Grad Fest through 4:00 PM on May 8, 2020 – anytime during normal business hours – Aloha Tower Marketplace
  • All tickets must be picked up by the graduate prior to 4:00 PM on May 8, 2020. Any tickets not picked up by then become available to graduates looking for extra tickets. Extra tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis at will-call at the information tent on commencement day. 

IMPORTANT: if you are unable to make it to Aloha Tower Marketplace prior to commencement day to pick up your tickets due to class or work obligations, please email and we will gladly hold your tickets. An email stating your request is required for this special arrangement.

For the 10 AM ceremony, doors will open to ADA guests at 9:00 AM and to general admission guests at 9:15 AM. For the 2 PM ceremony, doors will open to ADA guests at 1:00 PM and to general admission guests at 1:15 PM. ADA guests may request seats to be held for them by emailing For anyone that makes a special reservation for an ADA accessible seat, please follow signage at the entrance on the event day. Someone from HPU Security will escort you to your seat.

For security reasons, the following will not be allowed in the venue. Please plan to leave the following prohibited items in your vehicles or at home and arrive early as screening at all entrances will be increased. Each guest’s bags will be searched for the following prohibited items:

  • Sticks or rods
  • Balloons
  • Tripods
  • Laser pointers
  • Outside food or beverage including alcohol
  • Noisemakers or air horns
  • Silly string, confetti, or confetti cannons
  • Strollers
  • Ceremonial mats
  • Drones
  • Balls including beach balls
  • Inflatables
  • Selfie sticks
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Fireworks
  • Smoking paraphernalia
  • Wrapped gifts

Guests with any prohibited items are encouraged to leave them in their cars or check them in at the Bag Check Room located in the Welcome Center at Aloha Tower Marketplace.

The ceremony is anticipated to take up to 2 hours. The ceremony is not complete until the recessional has ended. We ask that all graduating students stay for the entire ceremony and recessional.

Below is a listing of parking options on Commencement Day at and around Aloha Tower Marketplace. Pre-payment for all self-parked vehicles at Piers 5 & 6, Irwin Park and TOPA Financial Center can be handled at the Elite Parking Tent on the Pier 9 Promenade (same location as commencement guest seating) or at a secondary tent in the Center Atrium. You must present your parking ticket at either of the Elite Parking Tents to receive validation so please don’t leave your ticket in your vehicle. Self-parking payments can be made with cash or credit card and valet parking payments are cash only. There are ATMs located in the Center Atrium of Aloha Tower Marketplace should you find yourself on property without cash.  

  • Piers 5 & 6 at Aloha Tower Marketplace – 1 Aloha Tower Drive – Self-parking for $7 flat rate with validation
  • Irwin Park at Aloha Tower Marketplace – 1 Aloha Tower Drive – Self-parking for $7 flat rate with validation
  • Valet parking at Aloha Tower Marketplace – Drop-off/pick-up vehicle on Aloha Tower Drive in front of the marketplace, overflow valet parking drop-off/pick-up at Ala Moana Mini Park – $10 flat rate
  • TOPA Financial Center – 700 Bishop Street (garage entrance off Nimitz Highway) – $10 flat rate with validation

If you decide not to drive, please consider taking TheCAB, Hawaii’s largest taxi dispatch company. TheCAB services hotels all over the island and has a taxi stand in the front of Aloha Tower Marketplace on Aloha Tower Drive for easy drop-off and pick-ups. Make your reservation today by (808) 422-2222.


General Admission seating will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. For the 10 AM ceremony, the doors will open to guests at 9:15 AM. For the 2 PM ceremony, the doors will open to guests at 1:15 PM. Please be mindful of signs indicating seats being held for graduates, faculty, and University leadership.

Should you need an ADA seat reserved for you, please email your request to by April 30, 2020. Seats will be reserved for you and you may enter the seating area starting at 9:00 AM for the 10 AM ceremony, or at 1 PM for the 2 PM ceremony. For anyone that makes a special reservation for an ADA accessible seat, please follow signage at the entrance on event day. Someone from HPU Security will escort you to your seat.

Following the ceremony, meet your graduate behind the tower for lei greeting and photographs. For those guests wishing to only attend the lei greeting portion of the event, the venue will open to those without event tickets at the conclusion of the graduate recessional. You can locate your graduate under the sign of the first letter of their last name.

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

GradImages is the official photographer of Hawai‘i Pacific University commencement. Each walking graduate will have (3) individual portraits taken by GradImages when accepting their diplomas on stage. Photos will be available online at approximately (1) week following commencement.

To view your photos, visit and enter your last name, enter Hawaii Pacific University as 'school,' and enter 2020 as 'year'. Your photos should then populate. If you need any assistance, please contact GradImages’ Customer Service Department at (800) 261-2576, online at, or via email at

GradImages will be emailing a coupon for a free 5”x7” matte print to each graduate who is photographed. You can use the coupon on whichever photo you prefer--it does not have to be the "handshake" photo. Shipping and handling are not included.


Large signs, balloons, inflatable toys, noisemakers, and camera tripods are not allowed. Guests may not bring any items that may infringe upon the view of other guests. Guests who do not comply may be denied entry by ushers.