May 15, 2015 – Waikiki Shell – 5:30 PM
Commencement is a time for all of us – parents and children, teachers and students, faculty and staff, friends and family – to pause for a moment in the shadow of majestic Diamond Head crater to glance back on the experiences that have brought us to this high place of learning and achievement. From that vantage point we can look ahead to the challenges and opportunities before us and see in them the profound and pivotal role of higher education. The Commencement of the University of Hawai‘i – Honolulu Community College salutes the Graduating Class of 2014-2015 and pays tribute to the many people who have made their graduation possible. The infectious spirit of success will radiate at our Commencement activities on a fine May evening-a fitting farewell to our degree candidates. Please join with us as together we celebrate our students’ achievements and bright futures.
Location of Ceremony
This year’s ceremony will be held at the Waikiki Shell (2805 Monsarrat Ave) in Kapiolani Park, between Waikiki and Diamond Head in Honolulu. With the world-famous Diamond Head Crater for a backdrop. The Waikiki Shell is a spectacular location for us to celebrate the achievements of our graduates. Parking at and near Waikiki Shell is limited. Special parking will NOT be available. Plan enough time for travel and parking.
- No tickets are required for entry. You may invite an unlimited number of friends, family & colleagues. The venue seats 2400 and the lawn area has capacity for an additional 6000. Seating is first come, first serve, with reserved sections only for graduates, faculty, and college affiliated personnel.
- The gates to the Waikiki Shell will open to family, friends and guests at 4:45 PM.
- When guests arrive, graduates will already be lining up in preparation for the procession. Guests should take their seats and greet their graduates after the ceremony. The processional will begin promptly at 5:30 PM.
- Late guests may be refrained from seating until a break in the graduation program.
- After the event there will be large letters posted on the perimeter of the grounds. Meet family & friends at the letter that corresponds to the graduates last name.
- Parking at and near the Waikiki Shell is limited. To have our event be the best it can be for all those involved we suggest that guests carpool with friends and family to the event, allow ample time to get through rush hour traffic and consider getting to Waikiki early or staying after to enjoy the park & beach and avoid the high traffic flow times.
- Requests for a sign language interpreter or other special accommodation may be made by contacting email@example.com or by calling 844-2392 V/T. Two weeks advanced notice requested.
- Guests using wheelchairs should contact the ushers upon arrival at the Waikiki Shell for seating suggestions.
- If you need ADA support to participate in any of these activities please contact 844-2392 or email firstname.lastname@example.org at least 2 weeks prior to the event.
Day of the Ceremony
- Arrive at the Waikiki Shell by 3:00 PM Friday, May 15
- Plan extra time for travel & parking since traffic is expected.
- Bring and/or come wearing your cap and gown. If you must bring a handbag or bag, it must fit neatly under your gown. There are no places to leave or store bulky belongings. We recommend that if you must bring a handbag that it be one that fits neatly under your gown. Re-entry will not be allowed.
- We will do a short rehearsal so that everyone is familiar with what is going to happen during the actual ceremony.
- During rehearsal there will also be light refreshments and an opportunity to get critical information regarding your photos of the event, diplomas and alumni association membership. We will then line up for the actual ceremony.
- Please do not bring any belongings that are bulky or need to be stored. There will not be any places to leave or store such belongings. [
To inform your friends and family of your graduation, you can print your own invitations from the professional design we are providing.
Photos & Videos
The audience may take photographs and videos from their seats only. The Picture Man of Hawai’i will take individual photographs of students as they are recognized on stage. A free proof will be mailed to you by the photographer after commencement, and you may order additional photographs at that time. If you do not wish to have your address forwarded to the photographer so that he can send the proof to you, please submit your request in writing by May,01, 2015
Commencement Ceremony Request
874 Dillingham Blvd
Honolulu, HI, 96817
For more information on ordering photographs, call 808-499-2400.
A Honolulu Community College video will be made of the ceremony for us to capture the history, pride and appreciation students have of HCC. We will interview students about the journey from the first day of class to graduation. We encourage everyone to participate in sharing memories.
- Kailua High School Alumni (Class of 1999)
- Graduate of HCC (Associates in Liberal Arts)
- Attending University of Hilo in the fall semester of 2015 to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice with a minor in Hawaiian Studies
- Vocalist of the Hawaii Sacred Choir and traveled to England and made history
- Former employee of Sizzlers (Dillingham) for thirteen years
- Member of Windward Samoan Congregational Christian Church
- President of Church Youth
- Praise Team Coordinator
Lynn Taamilo is an alumni of Kailua High School (Class of 1999). As a current graduate of Honolulu Community College, Lynn plans to use her Associates degree in Liberal Arts towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice and a minor in Hawaiian Studies. Lynn played a vital part in making history as a tenor in the Hawai’i Sacred Choir; as they traveled to England to be the first representatives of Hawai’i to perform in the area. Before the long trek to England, Lynn was a faithful employee of Sizzler’s restaurant for thirteen years. She has not only been a devoted employee, but a devoted follower of Christ. Lynn has been a committed member of the Windward Samoan Congregational Christian Church. She serves as the current President of the church’s youth and in her spare time, she never fails to utilize her musical and vocal talents within the community. For example; she assists in coordinating the church’s praise team, and she has also supported the Polynesian Clubs of Kailua High school and ILH. In the future Lynn plans on applying her education to emotionally guiding troubled youth through trials regarding legalities. Her overall mission is to make a difference by helping future generations become aware of their full potential. In doing so, she hopes to help them achieve their goals regardless of how impossible they may seem to be.
Shailanne Ah Loo
- Graduated Castle high school in 2013
- Phi Theta Kappa member (Alpha Kappa Iota Chapter)
- Mother of a five year of son named Darnell
- Enjoys doing arts and crafts projects, baking, and being outdoors with her son
- Non academic goal is to own her own business — boutique(s)
- Pursuing an Associates Degree in Applied Science directed towards Fashion Technology
- Work in campus at PCATT- but will need possibly need to find new employment after the semester is over
An entrepreneur. Shailanne is professionally beginning to work on her top goal of owning her own line of boutiques. Shailanne also wants to start foundations to help underprivileged families obtain the most basic life essentials to assisting underprivileged individuals pursue their own education and/or professional careers.
Shailanne will graduate from Honolulu Community College this Spring 2015 with an Associates Degree in Applied Science directed towards Fashion Technology with plans to obtain a Bachelors Degree in the near future that will assist her in her goal of business owner.
Shailanne has been blessed with many people in her life that have been able to guide her and mentor her on her business endeavors. Shailanne has also been fortunate enough to have participated in many fashion related events as she has been able to learn new things and “tricks of the trade” on each occasion.
Shailanne was inspired by the magical energy of the outdoors. Shailanne wanted to incorporate the many elements found outdoors. From the free flowing wind that flutters through the leaves, to the abundance of colors found throughout the woodlands. Shailanne wants the women that wear her clothes to feel fresh, young, playful, and full of life.
After graduation Shailanne will continue to develop herself professionally and personally in order to reach her dreams for herself, her son, and her family.
Shailanne Ah Loo lives in Pearl City, Hawaii..
- 2012 Graduate of Kapolei High School
- Received Associates degree in Liberal Arts last fall
- Psychology Major at UH West Oahu
- Current member of Psi Chi chapter, a international honor society in psychology
- Very active in the Filipino community
- Currently on the program committee for Sariling Gawa, a non-profit organization that seeks to empower youth
- Employed at Honolulu CC, student assistant for the Dean of Student Services and student assistant for Gear Up under the counseling department.
Shirell Bell is a 2012 graduate of Kapolei High School who currently attends the University of Hawai’i at West Oahu full time as a Psychology major. She received her Associates from Honolulu Community College last semester, Fall 2014. Shirell is a member of the Psi Chi chapter at West Oahu and is very active in the Filipino community. More specifically through Sariling Gawa, a non-profit organization whose mission focuses on youth empowerment. Shirell’s aspirations include a short term goal of being Princess Tiana at Disney World and a long term goal of being in the same league as people like Oprah and Walt Disney. She wants to go out into the world, inspire and positively impact the lives of others. Possibly creating her own foundation in which she would provide scholarships for higher education. Her aspirations remain limitless.
Caps & Gown Pick Up
he HCC Bookstore is coordinating the distribution of caps, gowns and tassels. The book store is located on the first floor of Building 2. The complete package cost for cap, gown & tassel is approximately $40.00.
Caps and gowns are black and sold by height. Tassels are Teal. Sizes are limited. Ensure that your gown is ironed and/or crease free for the Graduation ceremony. You may wear a black graduation gown that you already own. Graduates without gowns will NOT be able to participate in this event. Also, plan ahead with enough bobby pins to secure your caps as necessary. The attire worn under the gown should be fitting of the formality of the ceremony. We recommend comfortable, closed toe shoes
Cap & Gown Donations
If you are in a financial hardship now and may need to use a donated gown, send an email to Student Life at email@example.com that explains your situation. All requests will be evaluated and we will let you know the outcome.
To assist future graduates who may find it hard to afford a cap and/or gown, we will be collecting donations of used gowns after the ceremony. If you have no plans to re-use your cap and/or gown, please leave it in the donation box at the exit of the event or bring it to the Student Life and Development office anytime thereafter.
Honors students earning a cumulative institutional GPA of 3.5 or higher as of Fall 2014 will be acknowledged in the program and at the ceremony as “with honors.” Those students will be awarded a gold honor cord at the event. You must attend the event to receive your honor cord.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society or Student Leader Stoles
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and student leader graduates should see their organization advisors if they have any questions about how to pick up their graduation attire, in advance.
Graduation Cap Decorating Contest
Over the past years some students have really enjoyed decorating their Graduation cap to reflect their pride in their major and/or campus. These designs have been flat or 3-D and made from a variety of materials. This year we will be awarding prizes to those students who best exemplify their major (Liberal Arts student may use a future major or career). For example: Sheet Metal could have a metal piece on their cap, a replica of an item they have built, a picture that represents the trade or union. The possibilities are endless. All caps must be recognizable as Graduation caps and wearable for the ceremony.
One cap may be submitted for each Graduate with their own original work.
Decorations are not to exceed 6 inches high, and the dimensions of the cap. Please be mindful of the weight.
- Students wishing to compete must bring their decorated cap to Graduation rehearsal at the Waikiki Shell by 3:15 PM.
We are looking for Honolulu Community College students who are not graduating but are interested in being part of the event to serve as volunteers. The Graduation Volunteers help usher other guests, line up graduates, coordinate parking, coordinate refreshments, and such. Please encourage your friends and classmates to contact Student Life, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diplomas will be available for pickup 10 weeks after the ceremony at the Records Office. Because semester records will not be available by commencement, the conferring of degrees at the ceremony is provisional, pending verification that degree requirements have been met. For further information, call (808) 845-9120.