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While traditional commencement ceremonies are postponed for spring 2020, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is encouraging spring and summer graduating students to send in recorded messages for the traditional Mahalo Messages video. UH Productions will compile the messages and produce a final version to be shared in May via social media and the UH Mānoa commencement website.

Students interested in recording a message should follow these guidelines:

  • Sign up via Google form.
  • The message should be no longer than 15 seconds. Recording time may be longer, but the actual spoken message should be a maximum of 15 seconds.
  • Record the message using a mobile phone in landscape mode (i.e. holding the phone sideways, horizontal or widescreen when taking the video for quality consistency).
  • Record the message in an area where the light is on your face. The sun or a glare from lights behind you will create shadows and a dark recording.
  • If any part of the message is in another language, please include the translation on the Google form and/or in the email when submitting the video.
  • Messages need to be submitted to by Friday, April 17.

UH Mānoa is committed to finding a way to honor and celebrate the spring and summer 2020 graduating students’ achievements and will make an announcement once a decision has been made regarding the ceremonies. A traditional commencement program will be produced for graduating students to commemorate their graduation, even if they do not attend a ceremony.

For more information, email