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Commencement FAQs

Spring 2022 Commencement FAQs

I have a question about my degree requirements, who should I contact?

How many guest tickets will I receive?

Each student will receive 10 tickets. We are not offering extra tickets at this time. Tickets are transferable, so if you need additional tickets, consider asking your graduating classmates if they have extra to share. You can transfer one or more seats at a time via email, or by text via the Boise State Athletics App.

For ticket questions, problems accessing your ticket account or other ticket related items, please email

Where can I find my guest tickets?

Please visit your Boise State Athletics Ticketmaster account where your 10 tickets will be loaded.

Ticket information was sent to all graduates who RSVP’d by April 1 (the email was sent on April 5). If you RSVP’d after April 1, your tickets may be delayed by a few days but you will still receive 10 tickets.

Can I sell my unused tickets?

No, tickets are not for resale.

What happens if it rains?

A weather front is expected Friday evening with thunderstorms (30%) and rain (70%). Rain showers (60%) are expected on Saturday mid-day before the ceremony ends. Umbrellas are not allowed inside the stadium. Free ponchos will be on-hand for all graduates to wear during the ceremony. For guests, please bring a poncho or purchase one from concession stands located inside Albertsons Stadium.

What happens if a thunderstorm occurs?

In the case of a thunderstorm, the ceremony will be delayed approximately 30 minutes until no lightning is within at least eight miles of Albertsons Stadium. Students must immediately go back to the Bronco Gym where they checked in prior to the ceremony or to their vehicles. Guests can use the stadium concourse, ExtraMile Arena or the Student Union Building. Please stay tuned for updates on Boise State’s social media accounts or the commencement main page.

Can I bring a bag into the stadium?

For graduates, bags of any kind are not permitted on the field. 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.

Per Albertsons Stadium policy, guests of graduates are permitted to bring one clear plastic or vinyl bag, package or container that does not exceed 12 x 6 x 12 inches; a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag; or a purse, bag or clutch no larger than 4.5 x 6.5 inches.

Can graduates wear heels?

High heels of any type are not allowed on The Blue. Heels can not only damage the turf, but are very unstable on this surface and can cause serious injury. Wedge sandals are acceptable. If students arrive wearing heels, they will be given flip flops to wear.

Is student seating assigned?

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

Is guest seating assigned?

No, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have a split group they can enter from different entrances and sit wherever they like.

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?

The ceremony will include all colleges and will last 2-2.5 hours.

Will the ceremony be live streamed?

Yes, the ceremony will stream live on the commencement main page and Boise State’s YouTube for off-campus guests who cannot be in attendance.

Who should I contact about guest special accommodations?

If you have quests requiring additional accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, including but not limited to wheelchair seating and hearing/sight impairment, please contact the Athletic Ticket Office directly at

There is a limit of four ADA seats per person, and these tickets will be exchanged to remain under the 10 ticket limit.

Gates A/B and N will be open for accessible and elevator access.

Do children under the age of three need a ticket?

No, as long as they can sit on someone’s lap.

Is there a rehearsal or practice before the ceremony?

No, students are just asked to check-in at the Bronco Gym between 8-9 a.m. on May 7.

After checking in at the Bronco Gym, they must enter Albertsons Stadium through GATE H (between the Caven Williams Complex and the east end of Albertsons Stadium). Graduates must check in and be seated no later than 9:30 a.m. on The Blue.

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

No, students are just asked to check-in at the Bronco Gym between 8-9 a.m. on May 7.

Is regalia required?

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

Can I decorate my cap?


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 spring?

No, all graduates from all colleges will participate in one ceremony at 10 a.m. on May 7.

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?

We are no longer accepting appeals to walk early in the spring 2022 commencement ceremony. 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.