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All eligible students will receive registration instructions from their respective program advisors. There is no fee to participate. All students who graduated in Fall 2019 or are eligible to graduate in Spring or Summer 2020, and wish to participate in the Recognition Ceremony must:

  • Register online by Friday, March 13, 2020.
  • Read the information on the Recognition Ceremony page and this For Graduates page.
  • Participate in both the rehearsal and ceremony on May 13, 2020.

Please consult with the Office of Student Services for instructions on filing a petition to graduate – preferably prior to the semester you will be graduating. A degree check is usually performed to confirm if you are qualified to graduate. If your plans change and you decide not to participate after you register, we ask that you please inform your faculty advisors as soon as possible.

The School provides up to five (5) Recognition Ceremony announcements free of charge to graduates. You may request announcements/envelopes at the time of your online registration. In an effort to conserve paper, we ask that you request only the number of announcements that you actually need. Please take a moment to consider how many announcements you will use. Recognition Ceremony announcements are different from UH Manoa Commencement announcements. Visit UH Manoa Commencement‘s online page for more information about those announcements.

Note: This page will be updated annually shortly before student registration becomes available.


Graduates will be informed of the agreed upon ceremony attire. Ceremony attire is selected by the student committee and approved by the faculty advisors. Failure to wear the approved attire or the wearing of inappropriate attire may result in your inability to participate.

Ceremony Schedule

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Hawaii Convention Center, Kalakaua Ballroom

  • Graduates report at 2:15 p.m.
  • Rehearsal 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Class photos 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Meet presenters 4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Doors open 4:45 p.m.
  • Processional line up 5:00 p.m.
  • Ceremony commences at 5:30 p.m.

Before Arrival

You must wear the approved attire as determined by the student committee. Failure to wear the approved attire or the wearing of inappropriate attire may result in your inability to participate. The school will not be responsible for graduate’s personal belongings. Graduates should give their personal belongings to their presenters along with their presenter cards (you will receive these cards at rehearsal) between 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. to hold for them in the ballroom during the ceremony.

Graduate Arrival / Rehearsal – 2:15 p.m.

Graduates must report to the Hawaii Convention Center Kalakaua Ballroom at 2:15 p.m. Graduates need to arrive dressed in ceremony attire for rehearsal. Women should arrive with hair and make-up done as there will only be time for touch-ups. If you are unable to attend rehearsal, you must receive prior approval from the faculty advisors. In the case of an emergency, contact the student committee and/or faculty advisors to inform them that you will be late or will not be participating in Recognition Ceremony.

Class Photos – 4:00 p.m.

Graduates will take professional class photos before the ceremony. Professional photographers will also take photos during the ceremony. These photos will be available for purchase after the event.

Meet Presenters to Give Presenter Cards & Personal Belongings – 4:30 p.m.

Students will receive their presenter cards at rehearsal and will be responsible for meeting their presenters between 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. to give them the card and any personal belongings they have. The presenter card indicates the presenter’s line up order for their participation in the formal ceremony. The master of ceremonies will call the presenters to line up during the appropriate times in the ceremony.

Doors Open – 4:45 p.m.

Seating is first-come, first-served. All guests will be restricted to the general seating areas. Guests should not sit in a reserved seat or row, unless it is prearranged and your name is on the seat. Ushers will help guests with disability access needs. Graduates are not allowed to reserve seats.

Ceremony – 5:30 p.m.

Graduates will line up outside of the ballroom at 5:00 p.m. The processional begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. Please honor your fellow candidates, who have also worked hard for this moment, by treating them with dignity and respect.

Two Presenters

A long-standing tradition is that each student invites two individuals of their choice to participate in Recognition Ceremony. These two individuals will be guided on stage to present each graduate with a ribbon lei provided by the School, affixed with a UHM Nursing alumni pin. Students will have their photo taken with their presenters that will be available for purchase following Recognition Ceremony. In order to expedite the ceremony and out of respect to the other families, we ask that you abide by the two presenter rule. Should you have a child who is not able to sit unattended and you do not have guests to leave them with, a special exception will be made for you and your family.

During the Ceremony, the emcee will call up presenters by degrees conferred and by number. Presenters will reference the information on the presenter card. When instructed, presenters will line up in numerical order. Ushers will be holding signs to assist. Once presenters reach the front of the line, a faculty member will instruct them when to go on stage. Presenters will be handed a ribbon lei with a pin affixed. Presenters will give the graduate the lei and pause momentarily for a photo at the X marked on the stage. Presenters will exit the stage as instructed and will return to their seats. Photos will be available for purchase after the event.

After the Ceremony

Immediately following the recessional, graduates will be escorted to appropriate alphabetical signs outside of the ballroom to meet their families. We recommend that you consider meeting guests with physical disabilities at a predetermined location outside of the ballroom.

Special Nursing Pin

Graduates who wish to purchase a special nursing pin may do so through JH Recognition. Costs range depending on the style and materials of the pin. The order form will be distributed to eligible students each year. Students are responsible for the ordering and purchasing of these pins by March for Spring Recognition.

Graduates with Children

Children (including infants) will not be allowed to accompany graduates to rehearsal or on stage during the ceremony. Please plan to have your guests watch your children during the ceremony. Should you need a private room to breastfeed your baby, please inform the school by April 24, 2020.

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