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Moscow Student Commencement FAQ

Ceremony Times

The Moscow ceremonies are in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center on Saturday, May 14. Graduates receiving a doctoral, educational specialist or master’s degree will attend the respective ceremony for their college.

  • 9:30 a.m.
    • College of Art and Architecture
    • College of Education Health and Human Sciences
    • College of Law
    • College of Letters Arts and Social Sciences
  • 2 p.m.
    • College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
    • College of Business and Economics
    • College of Engineering
    • College of Natural Resources
    • College of Science

The time for other ceremonies can be found online.

If you would like to participate in a different ceremony, email graduation@uidaho.edu to request a change. Note that seating may be limited, but we will try to accommodate your request.

Students with double majors will automatically default to their primary major ceremony. Unfortunately, due to limited seating, a student may only participate in one ceremony. If you would like to participate in your secondary major ceremony, email graduation@uidaho.edu to request an adjustment.

Tickets

No tickets are required. The University of Idaho is excited to be able to celebrate this momentous occasion with our graduates and their guests. General seating is free and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Premium, reserved seating is available.

Premium seating will go on sale at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16. Prices for premium seating are $570 for a suite (seats 12) or $23 each for club seats. Reserve premium seating.

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. All entrants must pass through a metal detector, and the clear bag policy will be enforced. All general guest seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and guests may social distance as per their own comfort level.

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.

Doctoral students may be hooded by the major professor during the ceremony. Students may also choose to arrive at the ceremony wearing their hoods. Educational specialist and masters candidates will need to arrive at the ceremony wearing their hoods.

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.

Regalia

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.

Regalia can be ordered online through Jostens by March 20, 2022. Additional information can be found on the Alumni commencement regalia website.

If you ordered your regalia through Jostens, it is shipped to the address you provided. If you ordered through Marketplace you will be picking it up in Hays Hall, G12 the Office of Alumni Relations. When it is ready, you will receive an email with instructions. For additional questions regarding regalia, email alumni-regalia@uidaho.edu.

Contact Alumni Services at alumni-regalia@uidaho.edu for information on ordering regalia after the March 20 deadline.

If you purchased your regalia, you may keep it or consider donating it to the next generation of Vandal grads.

Honor Cords

Graduates will be notified via email of their eligibility for honor cords the first week of March. Students on the Moscow Campus can pick up their cords at GradFair, March 8-9. 2022. Moscow students unable to pick up their cord at GradFair can pick it up at the Registrar's Office. Photo id is required when you pick up your cord. Students located at other campuses will have their cords shipped to their diploma mailing address.

Students are awarded tentative honors based on what their institutional GPA is the term prior to graduation. Final honors will be determined after the degree is awarded (6-8 weeks after the end of the term) and will be printed on the student’s transcript and diploma. Additional information can be found online.

Unfortunately, no. Students are awarded tentative honors based on what their institutional GPA is the term prior to graduation. Final honors will be printed on the student’s transcript and diploma.

Student Line-Up

You should arrive and be ready for the lineup one hour before your ceremony start time. The processional will start approximately half an hour before the ceremony start time.

The processional line up will take place on University Avenue between the ISUB and Administration building/lawn. Signage will point you to your specific college location.

Only bring essentials that you can’t do without and will fit in your pocket. No bags of any kind will be allowed into the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center with graduates. Come dressed in your gown before arriving at the lineup.

The ceremony, not including processional, will last approximately two and a half hours.

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

Processional, Ceremony and Recessional

The processional route will begin near the ISUB Plaza and will proceed down University Avenue toward the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center. After crossing Rayburn Street, the processional will split into two single file lines, cross the Practice Field and then enter the Dome through the north and south hallways onto the dome floor.

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 have the option to shake hands with the deans or president and will be photographed. Doctoral students will be hooded by their major professor on stage. Educational specialist and master's candidates will need to arrive to the ceremony wearing their hoods.

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.

As there are two ceremonies, it is important that students and guests exit as quickly as possible to allow time to prepare for the next ceremony.

Campus Locations

Physical Address:
Bruce M. Pitman Center
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4264
Moscow, ID 83844-4264
info@uidaho.edu
www.uidaho.edu

Phone: 208-885-6111

Fax: 208-885-9119

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