Meet winter commencement speaker Jacob Pintar

Jacob Pintar, 2019 fall commencement student speaker, photo Patrick Sweeney

Jacob Pintar from Boise, Idaho, is graduating with a bachelor of science in political science and a minor in economics. Pintar is a member of the Honors College and is graduating from Boise State with the highest honors.

“I have known Jacob throughout his four years at Boise State,” said Honors College Dean Andrew Finstuen in nominating Pintar to speak at commencement. “In my 13 years of honors work, Jacob stands apart as one of the most articulate and thoughtful students of my career.”

Pintar has an extensive record of service. He has been an officer on his honors house council, a peer mentor, and the longest serving member on the honors student diversity and inclusivity advisory board. As a peer mentor, Jacob steered new honors students through their transition to the academic and co-curricular life of college. As a part of the Bronco Catholic Association, he assisted with Sunday and daily mass as a lector and extraordinary minister. He also was a member of the Boise State Club Water Polo team, Economics Association and the Pre-law Society.

Pintar studied abroad at the University of Haifa in Israel, where he pursued peace and conflict studies and studied Arabic language. He also taught conversational English to elementary and middle school Arab children through University of Haifa’s volunteer opportunities.

He served an internship in the office of U.S. Sen. James Risch in Washington, D.C., where he provided tours of the U.S. Capitol building for constituents, assisted with government correspondence and conducted legislative research for staff assistants. As an intern for Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, he also developed reports for committees regarding human trafficking laws. Pintar plans to pursue a Fulbright Fellowship or attend law school.