HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Commencement exercises for the University of Hawaii-Manoa will be held Saturday, May 14, at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The undergraduate ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. and should end around noon; the advanced degree ceremony is set for 3-5 p.m.
Traffic is expected back up at H-1 University off-ramps in both directions prior to the ceremony.
Graduates, families, friends, and UH faculty and staff who plan to attend this year's commencement should arrive early to avoid delays and guarantee seating.
Some 2,300 students will earn degrees and certificates for the Spring semester and Summer session. More than 1,500 bachelor candidates are eligible to attend the undergraduate ceremony, while nearly 800 graduate degree candidates (master's and doctor's degrees and post-baccalaureate certificates in secondary education) may take part in the afternoon ceremony.
Jim Leach, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, will be the featured speaker at the undergraduate ceremony in the morning. Gov. Neil Abercrombie will be the speaker at the afternoon advanced degree ceremony.
Doors to the Stan Sheriff Center will open at 7:45 a.m. for the undergraduate ceremony and at 2 p.m. for the advanced degree 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 and strollers are not allowed inside the Stan Sheriff Center.
Free parking will be available in the parking structure, which will open at 6 a.m.
Parking shuttle service will be provided for the undergraduate ceremony only. No shuttle service will be provided during the advanced degree ceremony.
The shuttle buses are wheelchair accessible and run a continuous route from the Biomedical Science Building to Krauss Circle.
Friends and family members may greet graduates following the ceremony on the football practice field (surnames A-L) and the soccer practice field (M-Z). Authorized lei vendors will be located in the areas.
There will be a live Webcast of the ceremony. For information about the graduation, visit http://manoa.hawaii.edu/commencement.
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