Coeur d'Alene Tribal Chairman Chief James Allan to Give Commencement Address at University of Idaho Coeur d'Alene

Tuesday, April 20 2010

Written by Tania Thompson

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho – Approximately 114 students are eligible for graduation from the University of Idaho's Coeur d'Alene center on Monday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. The ceremony will take place at Schuler Auditorium in Boswell Hall on the North Idaho College campus.

The candidates have applied for 59 baccalaureate degrees, three doctoral degrees, two specialist degrees and 50 master’s degrees. Final graduation numbers will be available following the semester's end. Some students will have earned multiple degrees.

Statewide this spring, five commencement ceremonies celebrate the accomplishments of 1,518 University of Idaho students who are eligible to graduate.

Coeur d'Alene Tribal Chairman Chief James Allan will give the commencement address. Allan was elected in 2005 to serve as chairman of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe. After graduating from college, Allan was hired by Coeur d'Alene Tribal Chairman Ernie Stensgar as a legislative assistant. He later served as the legislative director for the tribe until he accepted a position as legislative associate with the National Congress of American Indians in 2000 and moved to Washington, D.C. While employed in his capacity within the legislative arena, Allan was able to navigate the complex world of public policy. In 2001, he was called back by his tribe to serve as the administrative director. His diverse responsibilities included oversight of 19 tribal departments made up of more than 300 employees, and a budget nearing $10 million. In 2003, Allan was elected to the Coeur d'Alene Tribal Council and the following year, he was elected to serve as the vice-chairman for the Coeur d'Alene Tribe.

All degree candidates are asked to meet at 6:30 p.m. to start line-up procedures.

Students or guests with disability-related needs are invited to contact the Coeur d'Alene Center at (208) 667-2588. Contact the center office as early as possible to allow time to arrange needed services and access; requests are very difficult to accommodate on the day of commencement.

More information about the Coeur d'Alene commencement is available online:
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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit