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Graduation and Commencement 2019


picture of grad ceremonyWindward Community College's Commencement Ceremony 2019 is an annual event honoring our graduates. This includes all students who have already or plan to complete their WCC degree/certificate after Summer/Fall 2018 and Spring/Summer 2019.

Where: Windward Community College
Great Lawn
When: Friday, May 10, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM

Information for Faculty/Staff

Information for Graduates

Planning to graduate and participate in the Commencement Ceremony?

Steps 1-3 must be completed by May 2, 2019. Additional steps are also required; see Commencement Ceremony section below for details and important dates.

Planning to graduate but not planning to participate in the Commencement Ceremony?

Steps 1-3 must be completed no later than the last day of instruction, Thursday, May 2, 2019.

Graduation Certification

  • Step 1: Check Your Progress in STAR

    • Login to STAR to check your progress on the Academic Essentials tab.
  • Step 2: Meet with Your Academic Counselor

    • If it looks like everything is complete or you’re not sure, schedule an appointment with your academic counselor.
    • At this appointment, you and your counselor will review your degree requirements to verify your eligibility to graduate. If you have met all requirements, you and your counselor will complete the Graduation Certification Form.
  • Step 3: Turn in Your Completed Graduation Certification Form

    • Turn in your completed Graduation Certification Form (with signatures) to WCC Admissions & Records.
    • You may also choose to complete the bottom portion of the Graduation Certification Form to order a diploma, however, graduates are not obligated to purchase a diploma.
  • Step 4. Commencement Ceremony

    • WCC Commencement is a special celebration of our graduates. It is also a time for friends, family and whole WCC community to come together and recognize the accomplishments of our students. As a graduate, we strongly encourage you to participate! Questions may be directed to the WCC Student Life Coordinator/Counselor.
  • Step 5: Stop by WCC Student Activity Center

    • At the Commencement Ceremony, there will be a slideshow recognizing our graduates. Be sure to email your photo and an inspirational quote (optional) to Kaahu Alo at Please do this no later than Friday, May 3, 2019 in the WCC Student Activity Center.
  • Step 6: Purchase Cap and Gown

    • Purchase your cap and gown (to be worn at the Commencement Ceremony) at the WCC Bookstore. A limited number of cap and gowns may be available to rent. Contact Carla Rogers at for more info.
  • Step 7: Attend Rehearsal for Commencement Ceremony

    • Please be at WCC Great Lawn at 3:00PM Thursday, May 9, 2019
    • Upon arrival, you will be asked to wait patiently in the rehearsal area. Once we have everyone present, we will begin the rehearsal led by WCC staff.

Information for Faculty/Staff

At the Commencement Ceremony, faculty/staff and dignitaries will be wearing graduation regalia (either standard black or the color of their alma mater and the hood of their degree). Kīhei will also be provided.

The symbolism of the kīhei, or shawl, is to show status, also a role of importance in a ceremony. In traditional times it was used as a garment for men and women; in modern times we often use the kīhei in combination with our modern day garments as our native attire. This type of wear is seen among masters of hula, Hawaiian martial arts, healing practitioners. In educational institutions, kīhei is worn by distinguished members and awarded to candidates for graduation.

Since 2013, Ke Kumu Pali has gifted distinguished faculty members kīhei as part of their regalia to honor the graduates.

Participating faculty/staff must RSVP to participate in Commencement due to seating arrangements. It is encouraged that all faculty/staff meet at Hale Ākoakoa 101-105 to help with kīhei ceremony on the day-of. Please refer to Day-of Commencement Information below for details about what to expect and how you can prepare.

Day-of Commencement Information

Attire & Items to Bring

Commencement is a semi-formal event. The following information is meant to help inform you about what to expect so you can plan accordingly and be comfortable.

Cap and Gown

  • You may want to consider ironing your gown before the ceremony.
  • You will not need to use the white collar that is included with your gown.
  • Windward Community College will gift you a green kīhei which you will receive at rehearsal prior to Commencement. This kīhei represents your achievement and plays an important role in the Commencement Ceremony.
  • Honor stoles may be worn over the kīhei.
  • The tassel on your cap should be worn on the right side, initially. After receiving your diploma or when directed to do so by the graduation speaker, you will move your tassel to the left side.

Personal Items

Please leave personal items with family/friends, as there will not be an attended room for storage. WCC is not responsible for any items left unattended.

If you have any questions about attire, please contact the Student Activity Center.

Transportation to-from Campus & Parking

Information about transportation to-from Campus and parking may be found here.

Carpooling/Rideshare is highly encouraged as parking as been limited due to recent construction. Student are also asked to get dropped off and/or carpool/rideshare to campus.

What to Wear

  • Dark colored clothing under your gown. No jeans please.
  • White or light colored collared shirts
  • Dark colored shoes or sandals with back-sling; no slippers please (Commencement will be on the Great Lawn so heels are Not Recommended).
  • Do not use the white collar which is included with the gown.
  • Gowns should be ironed before the ceremony.
  • You will wear a green kihei, a gift from Windward Community College, which you will receive at prior to the ceremony on Friday, May 10, 2019. This kihei represents your achievement and plays an important role in the ceremony.
  • Honor stoles are worn over the kihei.


Graduates will need to arrive at Hale Ākoakoa 101-105 no later than 3:30 PM on the day of Commencement. Below is an timeline of what to expect upon arrival:

Time Event
3:30 - 4:15 PM Check-in and get dresses
4:15 - 4:45 PM Kīhei Ceremony

At the Kīhei Ceremony, it is tradition for Windward Community College faculty/staff to tie kīhei for students on the day of Commencement. This kīhei is a gift to students celebrate your achievements and next chapter in life.

4:45 - 5:00 PM Line up and head down to great

All participating graduates and RSVP’d faculty/staff members will proceed to the Ceremony area in the order they will be seated and called to the stage, respectively.


Questions regarding Commencement may be directed to Kaahu Alo at

The event is organized by the Commencement Committee