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Boise State to celebrate more than 2,500 graduates at 2023 Winter Commencement

Students at commencement receiving their diplomas
2022 Winter Commencement, photo by Priscilla Grover

More than 2,500 Boise State University graduates will have the opportunity to celebrate at two in-person ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 16, in ExtraMile Arena. In all, 2,519 students who finished their coursework in summer and winter 2023 are eligible for 2,951 degrees and certificates. This commencement will also feature a record 33 graduates earning doctoral degrees.

The ceremonies will give families and loved ones the opportunity to send graduates on to their next great adventures with pomp and circumstance and celebrate the resilience and tremendous accomplishments of those earning degrees.

  • 10 a.m. ceremony – College of Business and Economics, College of Education, College of Health Sciences, College of Innovation and Design
  • 3 p.m. ceremony – College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, School of Public Service

Graduates will be represented by two exceptional student speakers: Chinma Njoku and Josie Kennedy.

Njoku is speaking at the morning ceremony, earning a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies with an emphasis in science and a minor in psychology, and representing the College of Health Sciences. She’s from Pocatello, Idaho, and is the daughter of a first-generation immigrant. As a member of Boise State’s women’s basketball team, she is among the student-athletes who helped Boise State Athletics surpass its all-time best NCAA Graduation Success Rate in the history of the university and Mountain West Conference. She also volunteers at the campus food pantry and with BroncoLife, a personal and professional development program for fellow student-athletes.

Kennedy will speak at the afternoon ceremony, graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology with minors in environmental studies and sociology. She is part of the Associated Students of Boise State University and made a lasting impact, contributing to a campus sustainability report and volunteering to learn the inner workings of the university’s recycling system. Additionally, Kennedy worked with a team from the Office of Sustainability to develop ways to educate people about recycling at large events.

Of the 2,519 students qualifying for graduation, 962 are completing their programs with honors; 101 graduate summa cum laude (with highest honors 3.95-4.0 GPA), 395 magna cum laude (with high honors 3.75-3.94 GPA) and 466 cum laude (with honors 3.5-3.74 GPA).

More information is available on the commencement website.