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Details for 2017 Commencement Exercises at UH Mānoa; MD Convocation Ceremony
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:
Greeting the graduates
Live webcast and more information
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.