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Idaho Falls Student Commencement FAQ

Ceremony Times

The time for each of the ceremonies can be found online. The Idaho Falls ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, in the Bennion Student Union Building, 1784 Science Center Drive, second floor multipurpose room.


No tickets are required for the Idaho Falls ceremony. Ushers will assist guests in locating the seating area. If needed, a limited amount of overflow seating will be available in another campus building. Audience members in that seating area will be able to view a livestream of the ceremony.

Accessible seating is available. Contact Alice Allen at for more information and to reserve a space.

COVID-19 Protocols

As the situation evolves, the need for face coverings will be evaluated closer to the ceremony. Students should frequently check their VandalMail, and guests may view the commencement website for updates.

Students will have the option to shake hands with the deans or president and will be able to have a photograph as they cross the stage.

At this time, it is expected that doctoral hooding will be allowed. This will continue to be evaluated based on public health guidance.

As the situation evolves, the need for face coverings will be evaluated closer to the ceremony. However, in the event that face coverings are required, graduates will have an opportunity for a professional photograph without a mask prior to crossing the stage.


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.

Bachelors, masters and specialist regalia ordered through Jostens will be shipped to the address provided and is yours to keep. Doctoral rental packages will be shipped to Student Services. When it is ready, the student will receive an email with instructions. After the ceremony, doctoral students will leave their rental package in the designated area.

Contact Alumni Services at for information on ordering regalia after the March 20 deadline.

Honor Cords

Graduates will be notified by email of their eligibility for honor cords. Students will be mailed their honor cords to their diploma mailing address. Contact with any questions you may have.

Student Line-Up

You should arrive and be ready for lineup by 6:15 p.m. A professional photographer will be on site to take photos before the ceremony.

Park in the lower lot at University Place, 1776 Science Center Dr. No parking permit is required for the event. The line-up will take place at the Bennion Student Union Building Student Services Office, second floor, 1784 Science Center Dr. Watch for directional signs. Only students participating in the ceremony will be allowed in the line-up area.

Bring only your robe package and the essentials you can’t do without and that will fit into your pocket. There is no place to secure other items during the ceremony. Staff will be on hand to help with getting ready and lined up.

The ceremony, including the processional, lasts about an hour.

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

Processional, Ceremony and Recessional

The processional will begin from the Student Services Office and move to the Multipurpose Room. The marshal will guide students to the seating area.

After opening remarks, guest speaker, faculty award and other brief remarks, the marshal will indicate when your row should stand and approach the platform area to receive your diploma cover. Each student will be individually recognized. After you receive your diploma cover, you will return to your seat.

After the platform party exits, the marshal will indicate that you may stand and exit the area. The ceremony will be concluded at this point.

Campus Locations

Physical Address:
Bruce M. Pitman Center
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4264
Moscow, ID 83844-4264

Phone: 208-885-6111

Fax: 208-885-9119