University of Hawai'i - West O'ahu


Applying for graduation

All students must submit the Application for Graduation to have their degree/certificate conferred, regardless of intended participation in the commencement ceremony, as that is optional, after registering for the last semester of classes needed to fulfill their degree requirements for graduation.  A separate application is required for each degree and/or certificate that is being petitioned.

Step 1: Complete Application for Graduation.

Step 2: If pre-approved by an advisor, your application will then be forwarded to the Office of Registrar and your student account will be charged the applicable $25 diploma fee.

Step 3: Payment may be made online through your Star GPS or MyUH Services account or in-person at the Cashier’s Office, C-141.  Failure to make payment in a timely manner may result in a financial obligation to the University of Hawai‘i.  Only pre-approved and paid applications will be processed.

Graduation Term Application Deadline
Spring 2022 February 11, 2022
Summer 2022 June 10, 2022
Fall 2022 September 23, 2022

Postponing Graduation

Students who have already submitted an Application for Graduation and need to cancel their application should contact Office of the Registrar as soon as possible. Another Application for Graduation will be required.


The University provides graduates with a fall and spring commencement ceremony. Additional information is emailed to prospective graduates from the Advising Office. Students who participate in the commencement ceremony and meet the distinction requirements at the time they petition to graduate will be recognized as a candidate for distinction. Students who plan to graduate in summer will be able to participate in the following fall commencement.

Commencement Regalia

A complete graduation regalia set includes a black mortarboard cap, black gown and red tassel (or purchased individually) and is available at the UH West O‘ahu Bookstore, 808-689-2550 or online at

Graduation With Distinction

Graduation with Distinction will be conferred on those graduates who complete 30 or more UH West Oʻahu credits with a minimum UH West Oʻahu cumulative GPA of 3.75, including courses whose credits were not applicable to the degree.

Degree Conferral

Degrees are formally conferred at the end of the fall (December), spring (May), and summer (August) terms. Conferring of degrees is completed within 4-6 weeks after the semester ends. Students may view their STAR account to confirm the awarding of their degree.


Effective Summer 2022, the diploma fee is $25.00. The diploma fee includes an English and Hawaiian diploma; two separate paper diplomas, an English and Hawaiian Certified Diploma (Cediploma); two separate certified diplomas and one diploma cover.

Once conferred, the diplomas are ordered and available approximately in March for fall; August for spring, and October for summer. An email will be sent to all graduating students when the diplomas are available. All financial obligations within the UH system must be cleared before the diploma can be issued. Should a student need proof of their degree prior to the release of their diploma, they should request for an official Transcript or Enrollment Verification.

Replacement Diplomas

We are in the process of transitioning to a new diploma vendor and replacement diploma requests received after January 28, 2022 won’t be processed until May/June 2022. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. In the meantime, we strongly encourage alumni to request a transcript or enrollment verification.

To order a replacement diploma, complete the Application for Replacement Diploma. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing. Diplomas will be printed in the current format with signatures of current University officials and “Reissued” will be printed on the lower left corner of the diploma.

Hawaiian Language Diplomas

Hawaiian language diplomas are available to students who were awarded degrees from spring 1995 to the present. The student’s name, degree, and major, as well as official University signatures appear in English.

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