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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  • The Incomparable

    Class of 2017

    It is an honor to present the Class of 2017 on behalf of the faculty and staff of Punahou School. Many people have played important roles in the lives of these remarkable students seated behind me. Among them are the dedicated and talented faculty and staff of Punahou School. Thank you for all you have done for this class and all of our students.

  • 2017 Commencement Address

    President Jim Scott ’70

    In 2009, as you were approaching middle school, the national and local economy was in a tailspin. During that time of financial, personal, and professional uncertainty – when no one knew where the bottom might be during that economic free-fall – your parents and your families made a decision to keep you at Punahou – or to send you to Punahou. Many of you with the support of some financial assistance from the School.

  • 2016 Commencement Address

    President Jim Scott ’70

    Seniors, in presenting you for your diplomas, Dr. McCarren did not describe you as an impressive collection of individuals. Rather, she described you as an impressive graduating class. Certainly the evidence of your senior year and throughout your years here makes a case that you are one of the most accomplished Punahou graduating classes in recent memory. You also may be the most economically diverse.

  • Presentation of the Class of 2016

    Emily McCarren

    Families, friends, faculty and staff, trustees of Punahou and Class of 2016, aloha and good evening. It is an honor to present the Class of 2016 on behalf of the faculty of Punahou School. Joining us tonight is Dr. Paris Priore-Kim representing our junior school faculty.


2018 Baccalaureate
Sunday, May 27, 2018
6 – 8 p.m.
Central Union Church
LIVE Webcast 

2018 Commencement 
Saturday, June 2, 2017
8 – 11 p.m.
Stan Sheriff Center