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Commencement FAQs

Winter 2022 Commencement FAQs

Is tickets required or guest seating assigned?

No, guest seating for the ceremonies will be general admission on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance ticket reservations will be required.

In an effort for all graduates to bring guests, we kindly ask graduates to limit their guests to 10 or fewer.

Can I bring a bag into the arena?

For graduates, bags of any kind are not permitted in the arena. Walk-through magnetometers will be used to screen all students entering the stadium. Phones, wallets and keys, etc. must be on you at all times during the ceremony. There will not be a secure location for any bags or items to be held during the ceremony.

Bags and/or purses bigger than 11″ x 17″ are not permitted. Backpacks, regardless of size, are not allowed. Exceptions may be made (but are not guaranteed) for bags necessary for medical or children’s needs.

Other prohibited items:

  • No pocket knives, chains, sharp objects, or any other questionable items that may be used as a weapon.
  • Prohibited items include anything that can be deemed a threat to public safety regardless of permit or any artificial noisemakers.

Is student seating assigned?

No, students can sit wherever they want within their college or school’s designated area.

Where do graduates and guests park?

Student parking is at the west stadium parking lot, located between ExtraMile Arena and Albertsons Stadium.

For guest parking, please visit the Parking and Guest Info page.

How long is the ceremony?

Each ceremony will last1.5-2 hours.

Who should I contact about guest special accommodations?

Seating for guests with accessible needs and guests in wheelchairs is available on all levels of the arena. Accessible seating is available at the ExtraMile Arena Box Office, by calling 208-426-1766, online at  www.ticketmaster.com.

Elevators are located in the lobby of entrances 1 or 2 of the ExtraMile Arena. Guests who are unable to walk a long distance may be dropped off in front of the Arena.

Is there a rehearsal or practice before the ceremony?

No, students are asked to check-in at the Bronco Gym on December 17 at their corresponding college ceremony time.

Morning ceremony check-in between 8-9 a.m. 

Afternoon ceremony check-in between 1-2 p.m.

After checking in at the Bronco Gym, all graduates will pre-stage in the Auxilary Gym and wait for further processional instructions.

Do I need my Boise State student ID card to get into the ceremony?

No, students are asked to check-in at the Bronco Gym on December 17 at their corresponding college ceremony time.

Morning ceremony check-in between 8-9 a.m. 

Afternoon ceremony check-in between 1-2 p.m.

After checking in at the Bronco Gym, all graduates will pre-stage in the Auxilary Gym and wait for further processional instructions.

Is regalia required?

Yes, all students need to wear a cap and gown. Regalia can be purchased at any time from the Bronco Shop.

Graduates are invited and encouraged to attend the Grad Fair on October 12 and 13 at the Bronco Shop in the Student Union Building.

Can I decorate my cap?

Yes!

How do I get my honor cord and how do I know if I qualified for one?

The Bronco Shop can provide qualifying graduates with their honor cords. They will verify your honors status upon ordering.

Is there more than one ceremony this Winter?

Yes, due to a record number of graduates we will be doing two ceremonies this year.

10 a.m. ceremony for graduates from the following colleges:
• College of Arts and Sciences
• College of Education
• College of Engineering
• School of Public Service

3 p.m. ceremony for graduates from the following colleges:
• College of Business and Economics
• College of Health Sciences
• College of Innovation and Design

Do the ceremonies include masters and PhD students?

Yes, all graduating students are invited to participate in the ceremony with their college. For example, if you are receiving a Master’s of Education or Doctorate of Education you will participate in the ceremony with the College of Education.

Will I receive a diploma cover during the ceremony?

Yes, diploma covers will be distributed to all attending graduates during the ceremony.

When and how will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas are mailed approximately six weeks after graduation to the mailing address listed on your myBoiseState account. More information about diplomas.

How do I appeal to walk early?

Please stay tuned for information and instructions to apply to walk in the winter 2022 ceremony.

Can I still attend if I registered for a ceremony and now I have a class that I will not complete?

Your RSVP to attend any ceremony will not be removed once your registration is submitted.

What if I don't want to participate in any of the ceremonies? Do I need to apply to graduate?

Yes, students must apply to graduate regardless of participation in any of the ceremonies. Information on applying to graduate can be found on the Graduation Process webpage.

What is the difference between commencement and graduation?

Graduation: the process of being awarded a degree after completion of credit hours and other degree requirements.

Commencement: the congratulatory ceremony in which students are publicly and formally recognized.

I am graduating in Winter 2022, can I walk in Spring 2023

Please stay tuned for information and instructions.