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Application for Degree/Certificate: Graduation

To be awarded a diploma from the College, you must submit an “Application for Degree/Certificate”. We strongly recommended that you schedule a “Degree/Certificate Check” appointment with a counselor before applying. Send an email to set up a leeward [at] hawaii [dot] edu (Degree/Certificate Check) now.

A non-refundable $15 fee is required for an Associate Degree or Certificate of Achievement. If you are denied graduation, the fee may be applied to subsequent degree/certificate applications. Proof of payment is required for the fee to be waived for subsequent semesters.

Applications for a degree/certificate will be denied if all requirements, including incompletes, have not been met by the end of the graduating semester. An “I” grade, regardless of the contingency grade assigned, is considered non-completion of a course. You will be eligible for graduation in the semester that the “I” grade has been changed and will be required to re-apply for graduation.

Click on the link for this year's Commencement ceremony.

Deadline for Fall 2015 Graduation
Please note: There is one Commencement Ceremony, held in May. However, you can also obtain your degree or certificate in the Fall! Be sure to read the above information on "Application for Degree/Certificate." Priority Application and Payment Deadline for Fall 2015 Graduation is October 16, 2015.

Deadlines for Spring 2016 Commencement Ceremony held on Friday, May 13 from 5:00 – 7:30pm on Tuthill Courtyard, Pearl City Campus.

  • To have your name printed in the Commencement Program:
    Pay fees at the Cashier’s Office by Friday, April 15.
  • Any “Application for Degree/Certificate” received after April 20 is not guaranteed to be listed in the Commencement Program. However, you are still eligible to participate in the Ceremony.
  • Deadline to participate in the Commencement Ceremony:
    Pay fees at the Cashier’s Office by Wednesday, May 4. Applications received after May 7 does not guarantee participation in the Ceremony.

Commencement Ceremony Participation Policy

Congratulations! Graduation is one of the most rewarding experiences in your academic journey. The Commencement Ceremony is held once a year in mid-May. If you obtain your degree at the end of the Fall semester, we encourage you to participate in May.

To participate in the annual Commencement Ceremony, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • candidates for any Associate Degree must be within nine (9) credits of completing the requirements for the degree.
  • candidates for any Certificate must have earned, or be enrolled in, all of the requirements for the certificate.
  • candidates must have an official degree/certificate check and degree audit (Degree/Certificate Check) on file with the Records Office by the published deadline.

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