Aug. 1 Commencement Ceremony Cancelled
Updated July 7, 2020
As you are aware, Ada County and many other areas are experiencing spikes in COVID-19 cases. Watching cases across our state and region increase is disheartening. It is difficult to see our colleagues facing the many challenges this virus brings. It is also hard to make the tough decisions that come from such a spike.
An analysis of those planning to attend the in-person, Aug. 1 Commencement reveals that just under half live in counties currently experiencing a spike in cases. Unlike the preparations we are making for fall semester, we cannot reasonably test all students, parents, relatives or friends expected for this event. For your safety, the safety of our Moscow community and the many communities we travel through, we will not hold an in-person Commencement event.
Summer graduates will receive a "Commencement in a Box," as did our spring graduates. Yet, we cannot let Aug. 1 go by without further honoring your accomplishments. We will take this celebration online with special videos created specifically for you that will hit your inbox at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 1. We will also celebrate together on our social media channels. We are proud of you and want to celebrate with you in these unprecedented times. You are invited to a future, in-person commencement when it is safe for us all to gather together again.
We will always remember the Class of 2020 — your tenacity, your determination and your Vandal spirit. Welcome to the ranks of Vandal Alumni!
Contact the Office of Alumni Relations about your regalia no later than July 31. Read the following options carefully and email email@example.com with your decision.
If you ordered through the Office of Alumni Relations:
- If you have purchased regalia and want to keep your items, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a pickup time or arrange for shipping.
- If you would like a refund on your regalia, please email email@example.com by July 31. Please include the order number and your name in the email.
- If you have received your shipped order, you are not eligible for a refund.
- If you would still like to purchase a tassel, please call Alumni Relations at 208-885-6154 to place your order.
- If you ordered regalia through Jostens and are requesting a refund, please be patient with their refund timeline. As you can imagine, they are processing thousands of refunds due to the effects of the pandemic. We appreciate your understanding during this process.
Regalia questions are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clear Bag Policy: Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, the University of Idaho has implemented a clear bag policy for all events in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center and for events on the Moscow campus with 500+ attendance. This new policy is intended to improve and maintain public safety and event security and to improve bag check efficiency at events. Learn more about the Clear Bag Policy.
Bag Checks: The University of Idaho is committed to continual improvement of our events and the safety and comfort of our guests. In the interest of enhanced safety, we will be conducting bag checks at all the entrances for the Moscow spring commencement ceremony. NO BAGS will be permitted for graduating students.
Firearms and Weapons: Individuals, including concealed carry permit holders, may not bring a firearm into the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center, Memorial Gym or the Bruce M. Pitman Center. The university has posted signs that specify this restriction as set out in Idaho Code Section 18-3309 (2). [ed. 1-15]. Additionally, university policy prohibits weapons of any sort (to include knives) being brought into the Kibbie Dome.
Tobacco and Alcohol: The University of Idaho is a tobacco-free campus; the use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco is not permitted on university property. Alcoholic beverages can only be consumed in approved locations on university property as per Idaho State Board of Education policy.