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Moscow Student Commencement FAQ

Ceremony Times

Saturday, May 15

  • 9 a.m.
    • All 2020 Graduates
  • 1 p.m.
    • College of Engineering 2021 Graduates
    • College of Natural Resources 2021 Graduates
  • 5 p.m.
    • College of Graduate Studies 2021 Graduates
    • College of Law 2021 Graduates

Sunday, May 16

  • 9 a.m.
    • College of Business and Economics 2021 Graduates
    • College of Science 2021 Graduates
  • 1 p.m.
    • College of Agricultural and Life Sciences 2021 Graduates
    • College of Art and Architecture 2021 Graduates
    • College of Education, Health and Human Sciences 2021 Graduates
  • 5 p.m.
    • College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences 2021 Graduates

The time for other ceremonies can be found online.

If you would like to participate in a different ceremony, email graduation@uidaho.edu to request a change. Note that seating may be limited, and each ceremony is thoughtfully tailored to the graduates participating, but we will try to accommodate your request.

Students with double majors will automatically default to their primary major ceremony. Unfortunately, due to limited seating, a student may only participate in one ceremony. If you would like to participate in your secondary major ceremony, email graduation@uidaho.edu to request an adjustment.

Tickets

Students wishing to attend and receive tickets must have RSVP’d through the “Ceremony Reservation and Hometown” link on VandalWeb or 2020 graduates must have completed the online form by Monday, May 3, 2021. Students would have received an email from the University of Idaho Tickets Office on how to select and receive tickets.

If you are graduating or a 2020 graduate, and still wish to attend, please contact graduation@uidaho.edu about tickets.

If you have applied to graduate and completed a ceremony reservation, but have not received an email about tickets, make sure to check the spam folder in your email.

If you have applied to graduate within the past week, it could take up to 2 weeks for your application to be processed and to receive an email about tickets.

Contact graduation@uidaho.edu for further information.

Students from the class of 2020 who are unable to log onto VandalWeb may contact graduation@uidaho.edu about tickets.

Each graduate will be allowed six tickets for friends or family members wishing to attend the ceremony. Extra tickets for each ceremony will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the event. They may be picked up at the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center Will Call one hour prior to each specific ceremony. All seating is pre-assigned and enforced due to COVID-19 protocols. Tickets will likely be in a different area of the Kibbie Dome than the original group of six tickets chosen by graduates.

U of I students participating in the ceremony do not need tickets for that ceremony. All spectators and guests will need a ticket, regardless of age.

Extra tickets for each ceremony will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the event. They may be picked up at the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center Will Call one hour prior to each specific ceremony. All seating is pre-assigned and enforced due to COVID-19 protocols. Tickets will likely be in a different area of the Kibbie Dome than the original group of six tickets chosen by graduates.

There is no charge for commencement tickets.

Yes. Graduates will receive an email from the University of Idaho Tickets Office with instructions on how to choose the location in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center for their group of six seats. If you need assistance selecting your tickets online, call 208-885-6466.

Unfortunately, due to social distancing protocols, extra tickets picked up at the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center Will Call on the day of the event are pre-assigned, on a space available basis, and non-reservable ahead of time. Keep in mind, they will likely be in a different area of the Kibbie Dome than the original group of six tickets chosen by graduates.

Yes, to abide by capacity limitations and social distancing protocols, every person attending needs a ticket.

COVID-19 Protocols

U of I branded face coverings will be provided for graduates, faculty and staff participating in the event. Face coverings will be required for all ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center guests. All entrants can keep the U of I branded face coverings. All entrants must pass through a thermal imaging scanner and/or have their temperature checked. All seating will be preassigned and socially distanced.

Students will not be able to shake hands with the deans or president but will be able to have a socially distanced photograph.

Doctoral and master's candidates will need to arrive at the ceremony wearing their hoods. No hooding will take place during the ceremony.

Yes, graduates will have an opportunity for a professional photograph without a mask prior to crossing the stage.

Regalia

Yes, academic regalia, commonly called a cap and gown, is required when participating in the University of Idaho commencement ceremonies. Information on regalia requirements can be found online.

If you ordered your regalia through Jostens, it is shipped to the address you provided. If you ordered through Marketplace you will be picking it up in Hays Hall, G12 the Office of Alumni Relations. When it is ready, you will receive an email with instructions. For additional questions regarding regalia, email alumni-regalia@uidaho.edu.

Contact Alumni Services at alumni-regalia@uidaho.edu for information on ordering regalia after the March 31 deadline.

If you purchased your regalia, you may keep it or consider donating it to the next generation of Vandal grads.

Honor Cords

Graduates have been notified by email of their eligibility for honor cords. Honor cords are available for pickup at the Registrar’s Office until April 14. After that date, honor cords will be mailed to the student’s local address.

Students are awarded tentative honors based on what their institutional GPA is the term prior to graduation. Final honors will be determined after the degree is awarded (6-8 weeks after the end of the term) and will be printed on the student’s transcript and diploma. Additional information can be found online.

Unfortunately, no. Students are awarded tentative honors based on what their institutional GPA is the term prior to graduation. Final honors will be printed on the student’s transcript and diploma.

Student Line-Up

You should arrive and be ready for the lineup one hour before your ceremony start time. The processional will start approximately half an hour before the ceremony start time.

The processional line up will take place on University Avenue between the ISUB and Administration building/lawn. Signage will point you to your specific college location.

Only bring essentials that you can’t do without and will fit in your pocket. No bags of any kind will be allowed into the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center with graduates. Come dressed in your gown before arriving at the lineup.

The ceremony, not including processional, will last approximately one and a half hours.

There will not be a rehearsal. Trained marshals will guide graduates throughout the process from the processional, crossing the stage to receive their diplomas, reseating and the recessional.

Processional, Ceremony and Recessional

The processional route will begin near the ISUB Plaza and will proceed down University Avenue toward the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center. After crossing Rayburn Street, the processional will split into two single file lines, cross the Practice Field and then enter the Dome through the north and south hallways onto the dome floor.

After opening remarks, guest speakers, medallion awards, honorary degrees and recognition of honors, students will approach the stage to receive their diploma cover. Students will not be able to shake hands with the deans or president but will be able to have a socially distanced photograph. Doctoral and master's candidates will need to arrive to the ceremony wearing their hoods. No hooding will take place during the ceremonies.

A formal recessional of graduates will be done through the west exit of the dome toward the parking lot while faculty and platform party exit out the East Dome doors.

As there are multiple ceremonies throughout the day, it is important that students and guests exit as quickly as possible to allow for a thorough cleaning before the next ceremony.

Campus Locations

Physical Address:
Bruce M. Pitman Center
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4264
Moscow, ID 83844-4264
info@uidaho.edu
www.uidaho.edu

Phone: 208-885-6111

Fax: 208-885-9119

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