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Class of 2023 Commencement Information

Commencement Date: Friday, May 19, 2023 at 7:00pm
Location: Edith Kanaka’ole Tennis Stadium 
Graduate Rehearsal: 8:15 am (Report to Edith Kanaka’ole Tennis Stadium)
                                     *Grad Nite Attendees: Bring your bag that you’ll be taking to Grad Nite
Graduate Report Time for Ceremony: 5:15 pm (Report to stadium, dressed in appropriate attire)
Parents & Guests: Doors Open at 6:00 pm

Cap and Gown

  • Required to participate in the ceremony
  • Order online at by Dec. 1, 2022
  • When ordering cap and gown, the tassel and diploma cover are included (diploma covers given at the ceremony, on stage)
  • All cap and gown orders will be delivered to the school, seniors will be notified to pick them up in A-22 before Spring Break
  • Orders received after Dec. 1, 2022 = $20 late fee, after March 1, 2023 = $40 late fee 
  • No orders will be accepted after April 4, 2023
  • Just need to order a tassel and diploma cover? You must mail in your order form
  • Paying with a check? You must mail in your order form
  • Questions? Call Balfour at (808) 395-3711
If you need a full cap and gown, press the Cap & Gown Order Form button below.
If you are borrowing a sibling or friend's Hilo High cap and gown, you will need to order only the tassel and diploma cover. Click on the Tassel & Diploma Cover Order button below.

Song Practices

    • Start date: January 2023
    • All practices are during 1st recess & STARS 
    • Attendance will be taken and is mandatory
    • Late = 5 minutes = NO PRACTICE
    • Excused absences from song practice include: AP testing, school activities, or absences excused by administration
    • Students that work need to give employer early notice, no exceptions

Tickets (all tickets must be earned)

  • Students that paid all dues & fees: Floor Seat Tickets (given 5/19/2023 at rehearsal)
  • Depending on state/health guidelines, other tickets may include: song practices, Commencement Fund, Senior Parent Night attendees, Grad Nite attendees, after school song practice (5/17/2023)
  • A ticket is required to enter
  • There are NO extra tickets available


(No external adornment may be worn)



  • White collared shirt
  • Dark pants
  • Dark dress shoes
  • White dress
  • White dress shoes or sandals (high heels are not suggested, as students will be walking up and down stairs)