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Ceremony Details

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I go on the day of commencement and what should I do?
Plan to arrive about 8:30 a.m.(no later than 9 a.m.) wearing your cap and gown. Family and friends should use entrances 1, 2 or 4 at Taco Bell Arena.  Elevators are available inside entrances 1 and 2.

  • See seating and entrance information here.
  • For special accommodation information click here.

You will report to the Kinesiology Building (a red brick building located just steps south of the arena). December graduates pick up a name cards inside the building.  May graduates will get their cards from a table outside the building.

After picking up your name cards, call our Ed Tech adviser Jerry Foster at 208-426-4008 . He will come to your location and  escort you to the Auxiliary Gym (inside the arena) where you will meet other Ed Tech graduates and receive processional instructions.

What time does the commencement ceremony start?
The ceremony starts at 10 a.m.  The event lasts about 2 ½ hours. An optional reception for students and families is held immediately following the event.

What happens during the ceremony?
The ceremony begins with the processional. You will be directed to proceed into the arena with other graduates, led by the student marshals. At the appropriate time, you will stand and proceed down steps to the front of the stage for individual recognition.

As you approach the stage staff will direct you and indicate what you need to do as you proceed through the ceremony. You will hand one of your name cards to a staff member who will announce your name as you cross the stage and shake hands with the Dean of the College of Education. He will present you with a diploma cover.

You will then proceed to the photographer and give the assistant your other name card. The photographer will take your picture and then you will return to your seat for the remainder of the ceremony.

At the end of the ceremony, you will leave the arena with all other graduates in the closing honor march.

Can I watch a recent commencement event to see what it is like?
Yes.  Past commencement ceremonies are available to watch here.

Where are the events located?
There are two events scheduled for graduates, family, and friends on the day of commencement.

  • Commencement

Commencement is held in the Taco Bell Arena on the east end of the main campus at 1900 University Drive in Boise.  You can find an interactive campus map here.

For information about the arena or regarding guest services or accommodations for those with special needs, visit the arena website here.

To view a map of the arena seating, click here.

  • Reception

An after-graduation reception (for all graduates, family, and friends) is held immediately after commencement at about 12:30 p.m.  In December, it is held in the Student Union Building (a short distance southwest of Taco Bell Arena). In May, it is held on the intramural field, also southwest of Taco Bell Arena. Our graduates will go to the College of Education tent, located in the southeast quadrant of the intramural field.

Where is the reception held if it is raining during spring (May) commencement?
In the event of inclement weather, the reception is held in the Student Union Building.

Where should my family sit inside the arena?
Video projection on large screens in the arena provides all seats with an excellent view of the graduates. The entire event is filmed and can be viewed after the event online.

Are there accommodations available for family and friends with special needs in the arena?
Yes. Please see services available here.

Can I get a professional photograph at the event?
Yes. A professional photographer from a private company, Grad Images will take a photo of each graduate. You will receive a color proof in the mail approximately one week after the ceremony. You can decide at that time if you want to purchase a photo package. For more information call 1-800-261-2576 click here.

Can my family take pictures or video at the event?
They can take photos or video from their seats. Due to fire regulations, no one is allowed in the aisles or on the floor of the arena to take photos or video. The lights in the arena are dimmed during the ceremony to allow high quality live video projection on the wide screens.

Is there a good place to watch commencement with children?
Yes, overflow seating is available in the Student Union with a live broadcast feed. The Student Union Games Center is also open for children.

Can I meet the other Ed Tech graduates before or after commencement?
Yes. At commencement you will sit with other Ed Tech graduates. After the ceremony, you can meet and talk with other graduates and faculty at the reception.

Do I have to stay for the entire ceremony?
Graduates are expected to remain for the duration of the ceremony. Out of respect for all graduates, guests are also asked to stay for the entire ceremony if possible.

Does the Ed Tech department host an event for families and students?
Our department does not hold any department-specific activities, but many students host their own events and invite other graduates and families to attend using Moodle.