Spring Commencement Includes 135 Degrees from the Treasure Valley and Twin Falls

Monday, April 22 2013


BOISE, Idaho – Graduating students are eligible to receive a combined 135 degrees this spring at the University of Idaho Boise campus.

Candidates from the University of Idaho Boise applied for 13 baccalaureate degrees, 26 law degrees, 19 doctoral degrees and 77 specialist and master’s degrees. Some students will have earned multiple degrees.

In Twin Falls, where the university offers classes at the College of Southern Idaho campus, candidates have applied for 10 baccalaureate degrees, 8 specialist and master's degrees.

Statewide this spring, five commencement ceremonies celebrate the accomplishments of 1,774 University of Idaho students who are eligible to graduate, earning a combined 1,845 degrees. This year's commencement brings the university's all-time totals to 107,519 graduates and 115,317 degrees.

The Boise commencement ceremony will take place, Wednesday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St. in downtown Boise. The commencement speaker will be Linda Copple Trout.

Copple Trout holds the distinction of being the first woman appointed to the Idaho Supreme Court, where she served for 15 years, including two terms as Chief Justice. Trout retired from the court in 2007 to protest increasingly politicized elections for high-court justices.

She praised the collegiality among justices during her tenure, “. . . And I think that’s the way it should be – judges are nonpartisan.”

Copple Trout earned three degrees at Idaho — marketing, management and law — and praised the foundational value of her experiences during seven years on campus.

“Attending the University of Idaho challenged my thinking and caused me to look at issues and problems in different ways,” Copple Trout said. “I was exposed to diverse people, concepts and ideas, which continually reaffirmed the importance of keeping an open mind. As a judge, this ability to look at all sides of an issue is invaluable. My campus experience certainly contributed to my leadership abilities when I was selected to serve as the Chief Justice.”

Upon graduation from law school in 1979, Copple Trout joined the Lewiston law firm of Blake, Feeney & Clark, where she was engaged in private practice before her appointment to the position of Magistrate Judge in Idaho’s Second Judicial District. From 1987 through 1991, she assumed additional responsibilities as the Acting Trial Court Administrator for the five counties of north-central Idaho. In 1990, she was elected as a district judge and handled cases in Nez Perce and Clearwater counties.

In August of 1992, Copple Trout was appointed by Gov. Cecil Andrus to be the first woman justice on the Idaho Supreme Court. She was twice elected by the Supreme Court to the position of Chief Justice.

Copple Trout is a member of the Idaho State Bar Association, and the American Inns of Court and has previously served on a number of boards of directors as well as statewide administrative, judicial and bar committees. She has served on the College of Law Advisory Committee to the dean and inspired law students as an adjunct faculty member through courses she has taught at the University of Idaho in family law.

Lineup for commencement begins at 6:45 p.m. Students or guests with disability-related needs should contact Stephanie Fox at the University of Idaho Boise at (208) 364-6137 as early as possible to allow time to arrange needed services and access. Requests are very difficult to arrange on the day of commencement.

The University of Idaho Boise will host a reception immediately following the ceremony. Friends, family, and faculty are invited to join in congratulating the new graduates. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are not required.

President's Medallion
The President’s Medallion is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the cultural, economic, scientific and/or social advancement of Idaho and its people, and have provided exceptional service to the state or nation that has influenced the well-being of humankind.

J. Patrick McMurray, this year’s honoree, is a third-generation native Idahoan who was raised in Boise. He served much of his career with First Security Bank, retiring in 2007 following a 37-year tenure with the company.

At 39, Pat was named president of the Idaho bank where he served on the First Security Corporation Management Committee with oversight responsibility for regional banking spanning a seven-state territory. From the First Security merger with Wells Fargo in 2000, until his retirement, Pat held the position of Idaho Region President. He received a Bachelor of Science in business finance from the University of Idaho in 1970, and completed additional graduate work at the National Graduate School of Commercial Lending, University of Oklahoma, and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School, University of Washington.

McMurray served as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Salt Lake City branch from January 1996 through December 2002 and chaired the branch's Audit Committee for 1999-2002. He also served on the Idaho Banker’s Association Executive Committee and The Financial Services Roundtable, a banking industry association representing the top 125 bank holding companies in the country.

He is recognized for a long history of dedication and leadership in not-for-profit organizations ranging from social services to education and the arts. His service includes time on the board of Blue Cross of Idaho; president of Fundsy, Inc.; vice chairman of the Board of Directors, Idaho Community Reinvestment Corporation; Boise Art Museum Board chairman; chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board and chairman of the Idaho Business Council.

McMurray continues to be active in community organizations, including service on the board of trustees of St. Luke's Regional Medical Center where he serves as immediate past chairman and member of the executive committee.

McMurray and his wife, Lisa, reside in Boise and Sun Valley. They are the parents of two sons, Tyler, 31 and Shawn, 34.

More information about the Boise commencement is available online: www.uidaho.edu/commencement.aspx.
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