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Commencement Information for Moscow Faculty

We are looking forward to the University of Idaho Commencement in Moscow on Saturday, May 15, and Sunday, May 16, and we hope you plan to attend. Graduates based out of Moscow and Coeur d’Alene will be split into six ceremonies to accommodate Idaho Rebounds protocols. An in-person ceremony for Boise-based students will be Tuesday, May 18, and Idaho Falls-based students will be honored Wednesday, May 19.

The Moscow ceremony breakdown is as follows:

  • Saturday, May 15
    • 9 a.m.
      • All 2020 Graduates
    • 1 p.m.
      • College of Engineering 2021 Graduates
      • College of Natural Resources 2021 Graduates
    • 5 p.m.
      • College of Graduate Studies 2021 Graduates
      • College of Law 2021 Graduates
  • Sunday, May 16
    • 9 a.m.
      • College of Business and Economics 2021 Graduates
      • College of Science 2021 Graduates
    • 1 p.m.
      • College of Agricultural and Life Sciences 2021 Graduates
      • College of Art and Architecture 2021 Graduates
      • College of Education, Health and Human Sciences 2021 Graduates
    • 5 p.m.
      • College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences 2021 Graduates

U of I branded face coverings will be provided for graduates, faculty and staff participating in the event and face coverings will be required for all ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center guests. All entrants to the dome must pass through a thermal imaging scanner and/or have their temperature checked. All seating will be socially distanced.

No college receptions will be held as all available thermal scanners and safety equipment will be in use for the commencement ceremonies.

Who Should Attend

The platform party will be limited to those members who have an active role in the ceremony or have a student graduating from their college. A dean or representative from each college will be expected to attend the Class of 2020 and College of Graduate Studies ceremonies. Deans — or their representative — are also expected to attend their respective ceremonies. Faculty are encouraged to follow the same model.


The deadline for ordering faculty regalia has passed. Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 208-885-6154 to inquire if additional regalia is available if needed.

Faculty Line-Up

Faculty members attending the commencement ceremonies should report to University Avenue between the Administration Lawn and Commons Green, dressed in regalia, one hour prior to the start of each ceremony. A specific faculty line-up map will be provided closer to the ceremony.


The Procession to the Kibbie Dome will begin approximately 30 minutes prior to the ceremony. There will be no Border Highlanders Pipes and Drums to lead the procession this year, but the marshals will assist leading the procession west on University Avenue, across Rayburn Street to the Kibbie Dome. The two lines of faculty will split in half, forming one line for students to pass by as they process onto the floor of the Kibbie Dome. Playing of Pomp and Circumstance begins at the specified commencement time as students begin entering the field with floor marshals directing them to their seats.

As the final undergraduate students enter the field, Pomp and Circumstance will stop playing. A recording of the Border Highlanders Pipes and Drums will play on the Kibbie Dome video screens and sound system. This will be the cue for faculty to process to their seats and the platform party to process to the stage.

Once the platform party is on-stage, the color guard will proceed up the center aisle. As the color guard passes the rows of faculty and students, each row will turn and face the stage. A quartet will play the National Anthem. The color guard will post the colors and the ceremony will begin.


After opening remarks, guest speakers, medallion awards, honorary degrees and recognition of honors, students will approach the stage to receive their diploma cover. Students will not be able to shake hands with the deans or president but will be able to have a socially distanced photograph. Doctoral candidates will cross the stage from the south side only, then specialists and master’s students will cross from both sides. Doctoral and masters candidates will need to arrive to the ceremony wearing their hoods. No hooding will take place during the ceremonies. Undergraduates cross both sides, two colleges at a time, each college processing on one side only. Faculty should remain seated and congratulate their students from afar as they are lined up to receive their diploma cover. Faculty can also help by reminding students to wear masks, remain socially distant and encouraging students to remain through the entire ceremony.


As there are multiple ceremonies throughout the day, it is important that students and guests exit as quickly as possible to allow for a thorough cleaning before the next ceremony. A formal recessional of graduates will be done through the west exit of the dome toward the parking lot while faculty and platform party exit out the East Dome doors.

We are eager to celebrate the university’s 126th Commencement with you on the weekend of May 15-16. Call Ryan Watson with Event and Support Services at 208-885-7929 or Graduation Services in the Office of the Registrar at 208-885-4619 or 208-885-1296, or email with questions.

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