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Details for 2017 Commencement Exercises at UH Mānoa; MD Convocation Ceremony

Date: May 8th, 2017 in JABSOM News, Student Life    Print or PDF

Pictured: Festivities after the MD 2016 Convocation Ceremony

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoaʻs 106th Commencement Exercises will be different this year. For the first time in a long time, all of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) graduates will march in the same ceremony! The MDs, the BS, Master’s and PhD’s all will be part of the afternoon ceremony at the Stan Sheriff Center on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

There will be two ceremonies, the first at 9 a.m. and the second at 4 p.m. However, instead of separating the students by undergraduate and advanced degrees as has been done in recent years, the two ceremonies will be split by colleges and schools in a similar fashion to the mid-year commencement exercise held every December.

This change, which is being piloted for the first time this spring, was a response to concerns from the campus community that the spring undergraduate ceremonies had grown far beyond the capacity of the campus creating significant safety concerns for ceremony participants. The pilot is expected to foster a more even distribution of the estimated 2,400 students who are expected to participate, along with their guests at each ceremony. Guests are asked to check the commencement website to determine which ceremony to attend.

The 4 p.m. ceremony (4 to 7 p.m.) will recognize undergraduate and advance degree candidates from professional schools:
College of Education
College of Engineering
John A. Burns School of Medicine
Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, including Public Health
School of Architecture
School of Nursing and Dental Hygeine
School of Travel Industry Management
Shidler College of Business
William S. Richardson School of Law

The 9 a.m. ceremony (9 a.m. to noon) will recognize undergraduate and advanced degree candidates from colleges of arts and sciences:

College of Arts and Humanities
College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature
College of Natural Sciences
College of Social Sciences
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge
Interdisciplinary Studies
School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology
School of Pacific and Asian Studies


Doors to the Stan Sheriff Center will open at 7:45 a.m. for the 9 a.m. ceremony and at 2:45 p.m. for the 4 p.m. ceremony. Both events are free and open to the public. No tickets are issued and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Balloons, large signs, and strollers are not allowed inside the arena.


On Commencement Day, free parking is available campus-wide. Graduates and guests are encouraged to carpool and arrive early as considerable traffic and pedestrian congestion surrounding the campus is expected. UH Shuttles will be available from various locations throughout the campus. For more information, please visit the Commencement Transportation webpage at http://manoa.hawaii.edu/commencement/transportation.php.

Greeting the graduates
After each ceremony, family and friends may greet the graduates as follows:

Last names A-K: Clarence T.C. Ching Field
Last names L-Z: Les Murakami Baseball Stadium Field

Live webcast and more information
There will be a live webcast of both ceremonies. To view the live webcasts, and for more information about the Commencement Exercises, visit the Commencement website at http://manoa.hawaii.edu/commencement/.

Contact the Commencement Coordinator at graduate@hawaii.edu or by phone at 808-956-GRAD.


May 14, 2017 is both Mother’s Day and a time to celebrate the new degrees awarded to the MD Class of 2017 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa) John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). The convocation ceremony is all about letting the new MDs celebrate with their families. It is characterized by meaningful tributes by the new MDs to those who inspired and sustained them during their long educational journey. The graduating MDs publicly present that “special person” in their lives a maile lei on stage. Convocation also includes numerous awards which provide financial gifts to graduating students who have shown special excellence during their training.

Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono, MD

The MD 2017 Convocation Ceremony keynote address will be delivered by U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, MD, Director of the Defense Health Agency. The Defense Health Agency (DHA) is a joint, integrated Combat Support Agency that enables the Army, Navy, and Air Force medical services to provide a medically ready force and ready medical force to Combatant Commands in both peacetime and wartime.

The John A. Burns School of Medicine supports preservation of the Native Hawaiian Language. We respectfully use proper Hawaiian diacritical marks where we can. On-line, we may neglect them in some instances to increase search ability on the internet. Where possible we also will include versions of the word (perhaps in parentheses) with its proper markings.

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