Commencement 2017


picture of grad ceremonyWindward Community College's Commencement Ceremony is an annual event honoring our graduates for 2016-2017.  This includes students from Summer 2016, Fall 2016; and Spring 2017.

Where: Ko‘olau Ballrooms & Conference Center
45-550 Kionaole Rd.
Kane‘ohe Hawai‘i 96744
When: Friday, May 12, 2017
Time: TBA

Additional information for students

Additional information for faculty

Student Process

Through MyUH, visit your STAR Degree Check/View Transcript/Academic Pathway to view your progress for completing the degree or certificate you are pursuing.  Work with your counselor to verify eligibility to graduate.

The following steps must be completed by the last day of instruction,
Wednesday, May 3, 2017.  If you plan to participate in the commencement ceremony and want your name included in the commencement program, you will need to complete the following process by Friday, April 14, 2017.

  1. Graduation Certification Appointment:  Call the Counseling Office at 235-7413 for an appointment.
  2. Take the completed Graduation Certification and Diploma Order Form to the Admissions and Records Office.
  3. Pay $15.00 to the Business Office for each diploma (in English or Hawaiian). There is an additional $15 charge for a copy of your diploma (in English or Hawaiian).  There is no obligation to purchase a diploma.

If you plan to participate in the 2017 commencement ceremony you will need to purchase a cap and gown from the Bookstore in Hale 'Ākoakoa between March 27 and May 11, 2017. They are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., closed on holidays. The cost for a cap and gown is approximately $41.00. You must show proof of graduation certification completion.

Four (4) commencement announcements and four (4) entry tickets will be distributed by the Bookstore upon purchase of regalia. Due to limited seating, tickets are required for admission to Ko’olau Ballrooms and Conference Center. Parking is also limited so we are encouraging that graduates and families carpool.

Commencement Speakers

If you are interested in becoming a commencement speaker for the class of 2017 please fill out the Commencement Speaker Application


Rehearsals will be at 3:30 p.m. at Hale ‘Ākoakoa 101-105 prior to the ceremony on May 12, 2017. Food will be provided.

If you have any questions regarding the graduation process or your eligibility to graduate, please see your counselor in Student Affairs.  Call 235-7413 or stop by Hale 'Ākoakoa 212 to make an appointment.

Summa Cum Laude - "with highest academic honors"
students with a GPA of 3.9 to 4.0

Magna Cum Laude - "with great distinction"
students with a GPA of 3.5 to 3.8

Cum Laude - "with honor"
students with a GPA of 3.0 to 3.4

Previous Commencement Ceremonies

The event is organized by the Commencement Committee