Day of Ceremony

 
 

DAY OF COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

*****Line Up:

Please plan your transportation accordingly, the construction to and from the campus may cause delays.  

Please arrive at 4pm and check in at the bottom of the round staircase in front of the Learning Commons (You will check in according to LAST name and you will receive a card that indicates your phonetic spelling and program)

You will line up by the program/major/community you choose to represent as listed below: 

Ke Ala `Ike Scholars, Liberal Arts, Accounting, Automotive Technology, Business Technology, Culinary Arts, Digital Media, Hawaiian Studies, Health Information Technology, Information and Computer Science, Integrated Industrial Technology, Management, Natural Science, Substance Use Disorders Counseling, Sustainable Agriculture, Teacher Education, and Leeward CC Wai`anae Moku

o    There will be signs on the rockwall downstairs that you will line up against 

o    Commencement staff will assist in lining you up alphabetically by programs

Announcer Cards: 

Your announcer cards that you will pick up at check in will include information from the RSVP site in the following order and will be announced when you walk across the stage: 

Full Name

Phonetic Spelling if you indicated one or your preferred name 

Program/Major

QR Code for easy access to photos from Picture Man of Hawai‘i

WHEN YOU CHECK IN OUR STAFF MAY ASK YOU TO PHONETICALLY SPELL YOUR NAME IF WE FEEL LIKE YOUR NAME COULD BE HARD TO PRONOUNCE. 

You will hold this card throughout the Ceremony, until you walk across the stage. 

Audience Seating

Audience seating is on a first come first serve basis, so we recommend your guests arrive between 4:00-4:30pm.  THIS IS A NON TICKETED CEREMONY.  There are 1100 seats available. 

Family Meeting Area after the Ceremony

 Graduates will be the first to exit the ceremony area and the guests will be asked to stay seated until all graduates are out of the area.  You will meet with your families according to the following: 

 

  • Last names A-L: Meet in Lion Courtyard
  • Last names M-Z: Meet in Theater Courtyard

Subject to change

You will be exiting once the Parade Marshals direct you towards the `Ewa side of the stage.  The Diamond Head side of your rows will be blocked off.  This makes it easier for you to separate into your respective courtyards to meet your families/friends. 

Accessible Shuttle Service: There are only three seats on the golf cart so your family member may need to wait for the shuttles.  Shuttles are only for the elderly and physically challenged. To use the shuttle service please complete the liability form below and bring to the ceremony.

4:00pm-5:30pm 

  • Diamondhead Portables Parking lot 

 

7:00-8:00pm 

  • Pick up at the side of BS 101 → Diamondhead Portables Parking Lot (map attached)   

 

Family/Friends Extra Information

  • There will not be an area to set up photo tripods.  Please inform family/friends they will not be allowed to set up tripods around the ceremony area. 
  • Your family/friends cannot hang banners on the railings, they must carry them.  
  • STREAMING: Do you have family and friends who are not able to attend the Ceremony? They can watch it at home!  Send your family and friends the link below so they can watch you walk across the stage!  Site will be live on Friday, May 12th at 5pm

https://commencement.hawaii.edu/leeward/2023/ 

Other

  • If you are late (arrive after 5:15pm) please see THE STAFF by the Learning Commons first floor elevator and they will escort you. If you are late you will not be placed with your program and instead you will be seated at the very end of the line. 

 

  • Please drive with aloha.  To assist with safe driving HPD will be directing traffic on the roads and Leeward Security will be directing traffic in the parking lot 
  • There is NO rehearsal, Staff will be sharing this information with you when they line you up before the Ceremony.  
  • Commencement Ceremony Programs will be given to you as you line up 
  • You must stay for the entire Ceremony
  • Your tassels should be placed on the RIGHT and will move to the LEFT at the closing of the ceremony
  • Share the pride: #LeewardGrad23
  • You do NOT receive your diplomas at the Commencement Ceremony. You will receive your diploma/certificates in the mail in 6-8 weeks from the close of grades. 

CONGRATULATIONS!