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Moscow Winter Commencement: Student FAQ

Ceremony Time

The Winter Commencement Ceremonies will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the ICCU Arena in Moscow. Doors open 1.5 hours prior to the start of teach ceremony. General seating is free and on a first-come, first-served basis.

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 Educational 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

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.

COVID-19 Protocols

As the situation evolves, the need for additional safety protocols will be evaluated closer to the ceremony. Students should frequently check their VandalMail, and guests may view the commencement website for updates. All general guest seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and guests may social distance as per their own comfort level. All entrants must pass through a metal detector and adhere to the clear bag policy.

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

Doctoral students will have the choice to be hooded by their major professor/graduate dean or arrive wearing their hood. Educational specialist and masters candidates will need to arrive at the ceremony wearing their hoods.

As the situation evolves, the need for additional safety protocols 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.

If you ordered your regalia through Jostens, it is shipped to the address you provided. If you ordered through Marketplace or rented regalia, you will pick 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 deadline of Oct. 26.

Honor Cords

Graduates will be notified of their eligibility for honor cords the Friday before GradFair. Honor cords will be available for pickup at the at GradFair on October 11th or at the Registrar's Office until Friday, Dec. 2. For questions regarding honor cords, email graduation@uidaho.edu.

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 prior to ceremony start time. The processional will start at one half hour before the ceremony start time.

The processional line up will take place outside the north loading dock entrance of the ICCU Arena. 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 ICCU Arena with graduates. Arrive dressed in your gown before arriving at the lineup.

The ceremony, not including processional, will last approximately two 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 and Ceremony

The processional route will begin outside of the ICCU Arena one hour prior to the ceremony start time and will proceed through the entrance tunnel into seating area for graduates on the floor. The processional will be a single file line by alphabetical order of colleges.

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.

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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