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Ceremony Details

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I park?
Parking, shuttle information and a map are available at Commencement Parking.

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. You must report to the Caven-Williams Sports Complex just northwest of Albertsons Stadium. You must pick up your name cards before 9 a.m. from the tables set up in front of the Caven-Williams Sports Complex. You will then be directed into Caven-Williams for lineup and instructions.
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 location for our grads within the Caven-Williams Sports Complex where you will meet other Ed Tech graduates and receive processional instructions.
No tickets will be required for guests. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. and open seating will be on a first-come-first-seated basis. Family and friends should use entrances N and P on the east side and entrances A and D on the west side of Albertsons Stadium. Entrances A and N are also specific for those requiring special accommodation for seating. If a guest has specific special needs other than seating accommodation, please contact Marcy Harmer in the Provost’s Office at (208) 426-4421.

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 stadium with other graduates, led by the student marshals. At the appropriate time, you will stand and proceed toward 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 in front of 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 stadium with all other graduates in the closing recessional 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

Spring Commencement is held in a new venue beginning this year: Albertsons Stadium 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 stadium or regarding guest services or accommodations for those with special needs, please view this map of the stadium seating, click here.
Event staff will be available to assist those with special needs. The map also shows the approximate location by college where the graduates will be seated.

  • Reception

An after-graduation reception (for all graduates, family, and friends) is held immediately after commencement at about 12:30 p.m. This May, it will be held in the Caven-Williams Sports Complex immediately northwest of Albertsons Stadium. Our graduates with their families and guests will congregate at the College of Education area within the Complex to enjoy refreshments, meet faculty and staff and try to get over the shock that you’ve actually done it! You’ve earned your Masters!

Where should my family sit inside the stadium?
BroncoVision, the large scoreboard in the north end zone will be the primary view for close-ups of graduates receiving their diplomas, while large screens in the stadium behind the stage will allow the graduates (who are facing away from the scoreboard) to view all that is going on. The entire event is recorded and can be viewed online after the event.

Are there accommodations available for family and friends with special needs in the stadium?
Yes. For graduates, please notify the Registrar’s Office at 426-4249 or email Mandy Nelson at, two (2) weeks prior to commencement. Special arrangements will be made for all activities associated with commencement.

For guests, please enter Albertsons Stadium using Entrance A or N. Accessibility seating is available in marked sections on map. Albertsons Stadium Accessible Seating Map. If any guest has specific special needs other than seating accommodation, please contact Marcy Harmer in the Provost’s Office at (208) 426-4421.

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 or from other locations in the stands; however, there will be no access allowed to the playing surface for anyone other than graduation participants.

Is there a good place to watch commencement with children?
Yes, when the kids get ants in their pants, there is plenty of room to roam on the concession level (with adult supervision, of course!).

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, faculty, and staff 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 some students have hosted their own events and invited other graduates and families to attend using Moodle. There are plenty of fun places in Boise to get together before or after Commencement!