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Spring Commencement, Saturday, May 16, 2009


Picture of Commencement at WCC

The Commencement will begin at 1:00pm at Paliku Theatre.

Graduates should gather in Hale Pālanakila Room 225 no later than 12:00 noon.  You will pick up your name card and line up for the procession.

Doors open at 12:30, unreserved seating. Members of the audience will be directed to their seats by ushers.

Programs will be available at the ceremony and are also available to download as PDF.

The ceremony should be done by 2:30pm, followed by a reception in the main courtyard of Pālanakila.

For graduating students we suggest you wear comfortable attire under your gown, preferably dark-colored clothing and shoes.

Balloons are not allowed in the theatre. As our campus tries to be more sustainable, we encourage you to not bring balloons to the ceremony.

Note: a rehearsal will be held in Paliku Theater on Friday, May 15 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  All participants are strongly encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Leslie Opulauoho, Commencement Chairperson, at 235-7469, email:

Picture of man with many leisTickets

Due to limited seating, tickets will be required for admission to the Commencement Ceremony in the theater. 

Commencement announcements and tickets for family and friends will be available from Christine at Student Services, Hale Akoakoa Room 212. 

Announcements and tickets are not reserved for students.  They are offered on a first-come, first served basis.  You will need to arrange to pick up announcements and tickets, during the distribution period.

Family and friends who do not have tickets, may view the ceremony by closed circuit television.  Certified graduates with commencement regalia may still participate in the ceremony.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend this momentous and joyous event. The following have confirmed that they can attend:

  • Anne Lemke & Yukon
  • Ben Moffat
  • Bernadette Howard
  • Brian Richardson
  • Charles Whitton
  • Frank Mattos
  • Frank Palacat
  • Gloria Falstrom
  • Inge White
  • Jean Okumura
  • Jean Shibuya
  • Kai Noa Lilly
  • Kathleen French
  • Libby Young
  • Margie Coberly
  • Marty Nikou
  • Marvin Kessler
  • Paul Field
  • Peggy Regentine
  • Richard Fulton
  • Ross Langston
  • Snowden Hodges
  • Tara Severns
  • Toni Martin
  • Weiling Landers


Previous Commencement Ceremonies