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Commencement FAQs

Spring 2023 Commencement FAQs

What happens if it rains?

Commencement will continue rain or shine. Umbrellas are not allowed inside the stadium. Free ponchos will be on-hand for all graduates to wear during the ceremony. For guests, ponchos will be available for purchase in the Bronco Shop.

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 Caven-Williams Sports Complex 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. In the case of weather delays updates will be provided on Boise State’s social media accounts or the commencement main page.

Do graduates have to RSVP for commencement?

Yes! To ensure that you have a seat at commencement, you will need to RSVP.

After applying for graduation all eligible graduates will receive an email to RSVP to participate in the commencement ceremony. You will not be registered to participate in the ceremony automatically.

If you plan to participate, be sure to RSVP by the deadline: Friday, April 21, 2023.

Are tickets required or guest seating assigned?

No, guest seating for the ceremony will be general admission on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance ticket reservations will be required. If you have a split group they can enter from different entrances and sit wherever they like.

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

How do I appeal to participate early in the Spring 2023 commencement?

We are no longer accepting appeals to walk early in the spring 2023 commencement ceremony. Please stay tuned for information and instructions to apply to walk in the winter 2023 ceremony.

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.

For guests, a purse, small bag, or clutch no larger than 4.5 x 6.5 inches will be permitted. All large bags and backpacks will not be permitted, exceptions may be made (but are not guaranteed) for bags necessary for medical or children’s needs. All bags are subject to security inspection and search.

For the full list of permitted/prohibited items click here.

Can graduates wear heels?

High heels with a width smaller than 2 inches by 2 inches will not be allowed. The field in Albertsons Stadium has been covered with temporary flooring to preserve our iconic turf from the wear and tear of heavy usage. Stiletto heels are unstable on this surface, which could lead to injury, and also can damage the turf in Caven Williams. Wedge sandals are acceptable. If students arrive wearing heels smaller than 2 inches by 2 inches in width, 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.

Where do graduates and guests park?

Student drop offBronco Lane accessed through University Dr. will be open for student drop off prior to the ceremony.

Parking is free all day Saturday, May 6. This includes all general and reserved parking lots, pay lots, and parking garages on campus.

For full guest parking, please visit the Guest Information page.

How long is the ceremony?

The ceremony will include all colleges and will last 2.5-3 hours.

Graduates will need to remain seated for the entire duration of the ceremony.

Who should I contact about guest special accommodations?

Special accommodations for guests or participants, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, including but not limited to wheelchair seating and hearing/sight impairment, are available and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

For accommodation details please visit the Special Accommodations page.

Is there a rehearsal or practice before the ceremony?

Undergraduate and Graduate students:

No, students are asked to check in at Caven-Williams Sports Complex between 8-9 a.m. on May 6.

After checking in at Caven-Williams Sports Complex, they must enter Albertsons Stadium through the North End Zone. Graduates must check in and be seated no later than 9:30 a.m.

Doctoral Students:

There will be a mandatory rehearsal to attend for doctoral students and their faculty hooders. Please refer to your email from the Graduate College for additional details.

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

No, students are just asked to check-in at Caven-Williams Sports Complex between 8-9 a.m. on May 6.

Is regalia required?

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

Graduates are invited and encouraged to attend the Grad Fair on March 7 and 8 at the Bronco Shop in the Student Union Building to get all their regalia needs.

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 6.

Does the ceremony 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.

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 the ceremony? Do I need to apply to graduate?

Yes, students must apply to graduate regardless of participation in the ceremony. 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.

What side do I wear my tassel on?

Undergraduate students: Wear your tassel on the right side as you arrive. You will move your tassel to the left at the end of the ceremony.

Graduate students: wear your tassel on the left side from the beginning.

I am graduating in Spring 2023, but can I postpone until Winter 2023?

Please fill out this form if you wish to appeal to postpone your participation until winter 2023 commencement. Exceptions are limited and made on a case-by-case basis. The deadline to complete the appeal is April 16, 2023.