The graduation commencement week begins with Baccalaureate, a farewell address delivered to Punahou's graduating class and typically held at the historic Central Union Church. Parents are recruited to help with preparations, including the making of the garland that beautifully decorates the front of the church balcony.

Although Commencement is currently held at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, throughout Punahou's history it has been held at several locations, including Bishop Hall, Pauahi Hall, Front Street Church and Central Union Church. A tradition was born in 1963 when senior girls voted to wear Hawaiian Holoku instead of formal dresses.

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  • 2013 Commencement Speech

    President Jim Scott '70

    In the fall of 2008, when these seniors were in the eighth grade, the national and local economy went into a tailspin. Yet, during that time of financial, personal and professional uncertainty – when none of us knew where the floor would be during that economic free fall – you made a family decision to keep your child at Punahou, or send your child to Punahou.

  • 2013 Commencement Speech

    Academy Principal Kevin Conway

    For the Class of 2013 there have been too many to cover in any comprehensive manner this evening. But to give you some idea, consider academics. Students in this Class have been the recipients of numerous awards, honors and scholarships.

  • 2013 Commencement Speech

    Philip Lin ’13

    Generating a great graduation speech requires a few key ingredients. First: the stock. Start with a helping of nostalgia, perhaps reminiscing about kindergarten naptime and juice boxes.

  • 2013 Commencement Speech

    Lizzy Buechel ’13

    When I moved to Hawai‘i four years ago, I suspected that transitioning from middle school back home to high school at Punahou would be somewhat of a shock. And on registration day, what a shock it was!


2015 Baccalaureate
Sunday, May 31, 2015
6 – 8 p.m.
Central Union Church
LIVE Webcast 

2015 Commencement 
Saturday, June 6, 2015
8 – 11 p.m.
Neal Blaisdell Center Arena