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Boise State Celebrates Class of 2022

We are getting ready to welcome the Boise State University graduating class of 2022 to our more than 163,000 alumni and graduates. Congratulations to the more than 3,100 Boise State students expected to cross the academic threshold this year. We are excited for them to reach the next stage of their Boise State journey and join the Boise State Alumni Association

The Boise State Class of 2022 includes graduates who will earn 3,733 degrees and certificates, with 1,036 students eligible for honors: 635 cum laude (with honors 3.5-3.74 GPA), 582 magna cum laude (with high honors 3.75-3.94 GPA), and 183 summa cum laude (with highest honors 3.95-4.0 GPA). The 109th commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 7, at 10 a.m. in Albertsons Stadium. 

The first opportunity our new alumni may take advantage of is joining the Boise State Alumni Association. No matter where life takes our graduates, Boise State will always be a part of their story. Boise State is where they made lifelong friends, discovered their passion, and created lasting memories. The Boise State Alumni Association strengthens our alma mater and keeps Broncos connected for life. The association’s chapters represent alumni across the country, the State of Idaho and the Treasure Valley. We are pleased to offer the Class of 2022 a free one-year membership as a graduation gift from the association. 

We’re also gearing up for another Boise State tradition: On Thursday, May 5, the Boise State Alumni Association will honor the top graduating seniors for superior academic achievement at the Top Ten Scholars award ceremony. 

Top Ten Scholars are nominated by their deans, and the award is one of the highest academic honors granted to undergraduate students. Nominees are reviewed based on criteria including breadth of coursework, research, creative works and publications, presentations at professional meetings or conferences, and extracurricular community and campus service.

All ten recipients received private scholarships supported by alumni and donors like you. Top 10 Scholars also select a distinguished faculty member who significantly impacted their academic careers. 

Take Sierra Sandison, who will graduate as a Top 10 student from the College of Engineering with her bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. Sandison was also crowned Miss Idaho 2014 and wore her insulin pump on stage when she competed for Miss America, making national headlines and helping to destigmatize medical devices. She returned to Boise State to pursue an engineering degree and found success on campus to match those she had as an advocate for people with diabetes. The Idaho Society of Professional Engineers named her Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Junior in 2020.

Another student earning the Top 10 honor is Claire Vaage, who will earn a bachelor of arts in environmental studies and a minor in biology. Vaage has conducted undergraduate research with the Idaho Historic Preservation Council and the Governor’s Office of Species Conservation and worked as a rangeland technician. She plans to go on and earn her Ph.D., studying the conservation of threatened and endangered Pacific salmonids. 

 Like Claire, Sierra, and the other Top Ten Scholars, all of our class of 2022 graduates have bright futures ahead. We’re proud these graduates will continue to be Broncos for life, and welcome them to the Boise State alumni family!

Congratulations to all members of the Class of 2022. Our alumni group, explicitly tailored for our recent graduates, is the Broncos of the Last Decade, or BOLD — a group of alumni who graduated within the last ten years. BOLD members meet regularly for social events, BOLD tailgates, and access to online webinars regarding networking and career advancement. The BOLD program also sponsors Boise Young Professionals and other career services such as BroncoLink.

BOLD members having access to BroncoLink provides career counseling, including resume review, job search strategies, networking, and interview preparation. We want to make sure our graduates are successful in their job search, and Boise State Alumni Association membership provides access to extensive job boards and career-changing assistance from our service partners. If you are not already a member, please consider joining the Alumni Association and your BOLD alumni group.

Go Broncos!

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Matthew N. Ewing
Vice President for University Advancement


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Thank you to all those who attended the Fiesta Alumni Chapter’s Top Golf Mixer and annual Golf Tournament events in sunny, Scottsdale, AZ. This year was the first time the tournament sold out and we raised over $11,000 for a scholarship to support a deserving student from Arizona to attend Boise State. Chapters and clubs — located in Idaho and across the nation — are designed to keep you engaged with your alma mater and former classmates.

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