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Boise State University celebrates winter commencement Dec. 21

Boise State graduates celebrate

Boise State University’s winter commencement celebration will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, in ExtraMile Arena. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.

The ceremony will recognize summer and fall graduates. In total, 2,185 students are eligible to receive 2,472 degrees and certificates. Of those, 444 are eligible for honors: 231 cum laude, 165 magna cum laude and 48 summa cum laude. This winter, 27 doctoral degrees will be awarded; 14 doctoral students will be hooded at the ceremony.

Boise native Jacob Pintar will be the featured student speaker. Pintar is graduating with a bachelor of science degree in political science and a minor in economics. He is a member of the Honors College, where he served as a mentor for other students. He also served internships in the offices of U.S. Sen. James Risch and Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, and plans to pursue a Fulbright Fellowship or attend law school.

Boise State University’s College of Education and the Lee Pesky Learning Center will continue their annual tradition of honoring outstanding and inspirational K-12. The four teachers selected are Elizabeth Batey from Riverglen Junior High School in Boise; Cosmo Lorusso from Roxbury High School in Succasunna, New Jersey; Shannon Murdoch from Mary McPherson Elementary in Meridian; and Taryn Waddell from Timberline High School in Boise. The awardees will be recognized on stage during the ceremony. Each teacher will receive $2,000 and their schools each will receive $500. Each awardee was nominated by a graduating senior in the College of Education. Seniors choose those who have inspired them to seek their own careers in education.

The commencement ceremony will include a processional and recessional, individual recognition of graduates and the hooding of doctoral candidates. Widescreens will be set up so family and friends can see the graduates up close as they are individually recognized. Boise State also will stream the ceremony on the web at for those who are unable to attend.

A reception for graduates and their families will be held immediately following the ceremony in the Student Union Building. Each college and school will have a designated area where they can meet with family and friends after the ceremony. Light refreshments will be served.

Parking is free all day. This includes all General and Reserved parking lots, pay lots and parking garages on campus. Shuttles to and from the arena to the Lincoln Parking garage will run continuously throughout the event.

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