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Boise State to award record number of doctoral degrees at spring commencement ceremonies

Spring 2021 graduates Madison Grunzke (left), Bachelor of Business Administration, and Lauren Grunzke (right), Master of Business Administration

Boise State University will host three in-person commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8, at Albertsons Stadium to celebrate the class of 2021, as well as members of the class of 2020 whose commencement celebrations were impacted by COVID-19.

This year, a record 31 Boise State students are eligible for doctoral degrees in biomolecular sciences; curriculum and instruction; electrical and computer engineering; educational technology; ecology, evolution and behavior; materials science and engineering; and doctor of nursing practice. In all, 3,032 students are eligible for 3,666 degrees and certificates, with 1,036 students eligible for honors; 532 cum laude, 395 magna cum laude and 109 summa cum laude.

The spring 2021 commencement schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, May 7, at 4 p.m. for the class of 2020 graduates.
  • Saturday, May 8, at 10 a.m. for 2021 graduates from the College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Health Sciences and College of Innovation and Design.
  • Saturday, May 8, at 4 p.m. for 2021 graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and School of Public Service.

In Idaho, one out of three students in the state’s entire public higher education system attends Boise State. This spring’s 2021 graduates will push the number of Boise State living alumni to more than 100,000. These graduates have an incredible positive impact on the state of Idaho; 64 percent of Boise State’s alumni live and work in the Treasure Valley and surrounding communities.

With input from public health experts, ceremonies will include a number of COVID-19 precautions, including physical distancing and facial coverings. The university is working through plans to mitigate risk and keep everyone safe with alternate virtual arrangements in case in-person ceremonies are not feasible due to COVID-19.

All graduates will receive a maximum of four tickets for guests. The ceremonies will be streamed live and archived at for off-campus guests who cannot be in attendance.

For questions, please contact Heather Calkins at