Spring Commencement Includes 152 Degrees from the Treasure Valley and Twin Falls

Thursday, May 1 2014

BOISE, Idaho – May 1, 2014 – Graduating students are eligible to receive a combined 130 degrees this spring at the University of Idaho Boise campus.
Candidates from the University of Idaho Boise applied for 22 baccalaureate degrees, 38 law degrees, 9 doctoral degrees, 18 specialist degrees and 43 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 12 baccalaureate degrees, 2 doctoral degrees, 2 specialist degrees and 6 master's degrees.

Statewide this spring, five commencement ceremonies celebrate the accomplishments of 1,715 University of Idaho students who are eligible to graduate, earning a combined 1805 degrees. This year’s commencement brings the university’s all-time totals to approximately 110,136 graduates and 118,104 degrees.
The Boise commencement ceremony will take place Wednesday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St. in downtown Boise. The commencement speaker will be Jim Everett.

Everett, of Boise, is the president and CEO of the Treasure Valley Family YMCA. Everett works with more than 6,000 volunteers, 1,000 employees and more than 50,000 members.

Everett became the CEO of the Boise Family Y in 1987. From 2,500 members, Everett has grown the Boise Y into the Treasure Valley Family Y with more than 50,000 members and has raised more than $50 million to spread the Y mission.  In 2013, Jim was awarded the Joseph G. Rogers Award, which recognizes dedication, accomplishments and excellence in national YMCA competitive swimming and diving.

As the CEO and a former competitive swimmer, Everett worked to build the first indoor 50-meter aquatic facility in Idaho and subsequent aquatic centers in the Treasure Valley.  He also worked to ensure swimming became a high school varsity sport where no school facility had a pool. 

He currently serves on numerous boards throughout the Treasure Valley including St. Luke’s Hospital and US Bank of Idaho. 
Lineup for commencement begins at 7:15 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.
This year, the University of Idaho Boise proudly presents the President’s Medallion to University of Idaho graduate Frances Ellsworth. Her contributions to the University of Idaho resulted in receiving the Jim Lyle Alumni Award for volunteerism and the Silver and Gold Award for outstanding service to the University of Idaho. 

Ellsworth, is owner of River Place Design in Boise and earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at the University of Idaho.

Ellsworth co-chairs two University of Idaho task forces, the Greek Life Task Force and the University House Task Force.  She served on the University of Idaho Foundation, Inc Board of Directors from 2002-2012, serving as chair from 2008-2010.  She was a member of the University of Idaho Inspiring Futures Campaign Cabinet in 2012 and The Campaign for Idaho National Campaign Council 2002.

Ellsworth has a long tradition serving the state and her community and has been involved with the Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Foundation, Learning Lab, Idaho Humane Society, Idaho Community Foundation, Idaho Botanical Garden Friends of the Garden and Boise Garden Club boards, committees and projects, often serving as president within the groups.

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


Gemma Gaudette
University Communications

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