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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  • 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.

  • 2016 Commencement Speech

    Justin Kaneko ’16

    Well, Class of 2016: we did it. We are graduating from Punahou School. Tonight is a night to celebrate our accomplishments, reflect on our experiences and simply just be together one last time.

  • 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.


2017 Baccalaureate
Sunday, May 28, 2017
6 – 8 p.m.
Central Union Church
LIVE Webcast 

2017 Commencement 
Saturday, June 3, 2017
8 – 11 p.m.
Neal Blaisdell Center Arena