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Boise Student Commencement FAQ

Ceremony Times

The ceremony begins at 4 p.m. Mountain time Sunday, May 19, at the Boise Centre (on the Grove). Times for other ceremonies can be found online.


No tickets are required for the Boise ceremony. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. We strongly encourage early guests to start seating from the center of the row.

Accessible seating is available. Contact Stephanie Fox at for information.


Yes, academic regalia, commonly called a cap and gown, is required when participating in University of Idaho commencement ceremonies. Information on regalia requirements can be found online. The deadline to order regalia online is April 4, 2024.

Bachelors, master’s and specialist regalia ordered through Jostens will be shipped to the address provided and is yours to keep. Juris Doctor rental packages will be shipped to the College of Law and you can direct any questions to Christy Becker, in Moscow and Caroline Lehner, in Boise. Law graduates will need to fill out the At-Grad Survey on Idaho Law Careers in order to receive their regalia. Please keep an eye out for an email from with more information on the At-Grad Survey. All other doctoral rental packages will be shipped to Sandy Larsen in the Idaho Water Center. Graduates will be notified when they can pick up their rental packages.

Honor Cords

Honors cords will be mailed to you in advance.

Student Line-Up

You should arrive by 3:30 p.m. and be ready to line-up at 3:45 p.m. Mountain time. Follow the signs to the gowning rooms. A professional photographer will be on site to take pre-ceremony shots.

Boise Centre (on the Grove), 850 W. Front St. Follow the signs to the gowning rooms.

Bring only the essentials you can’t do without and that will fit into your pocket. There is no place to secure items during the ceremony. Staff will be available to help with hoods and attire as needed.

The ceremony will last a little over one hour.

There will not be a rehearsal. Marshals will guide graduates throughout the process from the processional, crossing the stage to receive their diploma covers, reseating and the recessional.

Processional, Ceremony and Recessional

Follow the signs for the Gowning area. Staff and marshals will guide you for the processional.

After opening remarks, the guest speaker, faculty award and other brief remarks, the marshal will indicate when your row should stand and approach the platform area to receive your diploma cover. Each student will be individually recognized. After you receive your diploma cover, you will return to your seat.

After the platform party exits, the marshal will indicate that you may stand and exit the area. The ceremony will be concluded at that point and a reception will immediately follow the commencement ceremony in the lobby.

Yes. Each graduate will receive a printed program that will be placed on their seat at commencement. Digital programs will be available to family and friends through a QR code at the event. Link to digital program:

Campus Locations

Physical Address:
Bruce M. Pitman Center
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4264
Moscow, ID 83844-4264

Phone: 208-885-6111

Fax: 208-885-9119