Frequently Asked Questions

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1. How do I start the graduation process?

To start the graduation process, please contact the Office of the Registrar to apply for Graduation. Applying to graduate with the Office of the Registrar is a separate process from registering to participate in the Commencement Ceremony. Be sure to apply for Graduation at the Office of Registrar first. Visit Office of the Registrar's Website

2. Who is eligible to participate in the ceremony?

Any student who has filed an application for graduation degree(s) with the Office of the Registrar is eligible and encouraged to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.

3. When is the celebration?

The Fall 2022 Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, December 17, 2022.

Alumni that graduated in Spring 2020 through Fall 2021 will be invited to a special Commencement Ceremony, tentatively planned for Friday, December 16, 2022.

More information will be available regarding both ceremonies during the Fall semester.

4. How do I register to participate?

If you have applied to graduate, you will receive an email informing you that registration for Commencement has opened for the semester.

5. How do I purchase my cap and gown?

General regalia may be purchased at the UH Hilo bookstore. Supplies are on a first-come, first-served basis, so do not wait until the last minute.

Master and Doctoral regalia are not kept in stock. To order, please contact the UH Hilo Bookstore.

Persons over 250 lbs or taller than 6’6”, should place a special cap & gown order. To order, please contact the UH Hilo Bookstore.

Visit the UH Hilo Bookstore or online at UH Hilo Bookstore.

Bookstore Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 10:00am-2:00pm; Friday-Sunday: Closed

For more information you may contact the Bookstore at (808) 932-7394.

6. I am a veteran and would like a Veteran’s Honor cord, how do I obtain a Veterans Honor cord?

If you are a veteran, you may obtain a Veteran’s Honor cord from the Registrar’s Office .

7. How do I ensure that my honor society memberships are listed in the program?

Deans and faculty advisors of your honor society affiliations will be responsible for getting your name to the committee to appear in the program.

8. How do I order Commencement announcement cards?

Personalized commencement announcements are available at the UH Hilo Bookstore for $1.80 each (price subject to change, minimum order of 5). Please note that announcements are not required for entrance into the commencement site. Please contact the Bookstore for more information at (808) 932-7394

9. Are there any other memorabilia that I may be able to purchase?

Class Ring: Herff Jones Ring Company offers customized class rings. Brochures are available at the bookstore for those who are interested. Questions regarding class rings can be forwarded to our Herff Jones Representative, Mary Chiang at (808) 395-1322, or emailed to

UH Hilo Diploma frames are also available at the bookstore.

For further information, contact the Commencement Committee at or (808) 932-7840.