On Saturday, June 5, 2021, Punahou will host an in-person graduation ceremony on Alexander Field, with the Class of 2021 together and two family members for each student present on campus to watch. The State of Hawai‘i has made a special exception for schools to hold in-person commencement ceremonies with safety precautions in place.
“This will be a truly historic graduation, marking the first time in over a half century that this most important of all Punahou ceremonies is held on our campus,” President Mike Latham ’86 said. “Details are being worked out, but you can expect many of the hallmarks of a classic Punahou graduation ceremony. It is my distinct privilege to award each student their diploma in the presence of their family who have done so much to support them.”
When students and families were asked what they valued most about Commencement, the answer was clear that they wanted the Class together, with parents to see their children graduate in person, said Sydney Whittington ’21, this year’s graduation co-chair with Ikaika Van Dyke ’21. “What felt impossible only a few months ago is now, finally, a reality,” she said.
The ceremony also will be streamed for other family members and friends.
While Commencement will take place with an in-person audience, Baccalaureate will take place with the Class together, but presented to friends and family virtually. Senior Chapel will be produced and presented virtually.