Honors Recognition & Commencement Exercises

In addition to meeting the requirements for the Hawai’i High School Diploma, students must attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above to qualify for a honors recognition certificate in one or more of the honors described below.

  • Academic Honors:
    • 4 credits of Math: The four credits must include one credit for Algebra 2 and one credit beyond Algebra 2. The credit beyond Algebra 2 must be earned via the following courses or equivalent Running Start math courses: Algebra 3, Trigonometry, Analytic Geometry, Precalculus, Probability, Statistics, Introduction to College Mathematics, Calculus, AP Calculus, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, IB Math Studies, or IB Math Standard Level AND
    • 4 credits of Science: Of the four credits, one credit must be in Biology 1 or equivalent IB Biology; or AP Biology courses AND
    • 2 credits minimum must be from AP/IB/Running Start courses (equivalent to credits for two college courses).
  • CTE Honors:
    • Completes program of study​ (2-3 courses in sequence plus a state-identified specific academic course requirement).
      • Earn a B or better in each required program of study (coursework)
      • Meet or exceed proficiency on performance-based assessments for corresponding program of study
  • STEM Honors:
    • 4 credits of Math: The four credits must include one credit for Algebra 2 and one credit beyond Algebra 2. The credit beyond Algebra 2 must be earned via the following courses or equivalent Running Start math courses: Algebra 3, Trigonometry, Analytic Geometry, Precalculus, Probability, Statistics, Introduction to College Mathematics, Calculus,  AP Calculus, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, IB Math Studies, or IB Math Standard Level AND
    • 4 credits of Science: Of the four credits, one credit must be in Biology 1 or equivalent IB Biology; or AP Biology courses.
    • Successful completion of a STEM Capstone Project​ in one of the approved ACCN courses.
  • Seal of Biliteracy
    • The Hawaii State Board of Education established a Seal of Biliteracy to be awarded upon graduation to students who demonstrate a high proficiency in both of the state’s two official languages (English and Hawaiian) OR either of the state’s two official languages and at least one additional language, including American Sign Language. Learn more.
  • Grade Point Average
    • Cum Laude with a GPA of 3.0 to 3.5
    • Magna Cum Laude with a GPA of 3.5+ to 3.8, and
    • Summa Cum Laude with a GPA of 3.8+ and above.

Valedictorian Designation

Effective for the Class of 2016 and beyond, a graduating senior will be declared valedictorian if the following criteria are met:

    1. GPA of 4.0; and
    2. Earned and met the requirements of one of the Honor Recognition Certificates.

Valedictorians will be named after the third quarter.

Participation in Commencement Exercises

Commencement exercises may be scheduled any time after the last day of school for seniors. The last day of school for seniors shall be set by the Hawaii State Department of Education. Students shall be permitted to participate in commencement if they:

    1. meet the requirements for a diploma or a certificate;
    2. have fulfilled their financial obligations; and
    3. meet other conditions, established by the Department of Education, which meet the standards of clarity, reasonableness, and justifiability.