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1,502 Students will Graduate from U of I This Spring

May 01, 2019

MOSCOW, Idaho — April 30, 2019 — A total of 1,502 University of Idaho students statewide are eligible for graduation this spring, earning a combined 1,562 degrees.

U of I students have applied for 1,153 bachelor’s degrees, 91 law degrees, 37 doctoral degrees, 13 specialist degrees and 268 master’s degrees. Some students will have earned multiple degrees. This year's commencement brings the university's all-time total to 121,973 graduates and 130,421 degrees.

Approximately 1,404 students, eligible for 1,455 degrees, will graduate from the Moscow campus. Moscow graduates have applied for 1,074 bachelor’s degrees, 53 law degrees, 33 doctoral degrees and 193 master’s degrees.

Statewide, U of I Boise graduates are eligible for 65 degrees, U of I Coeur d’Alene graduates are eligible for 26 degrees and U of I Idaho Falls graduates are eligible for nine degrees.

Moscow Commencement begins with a procession down University Avenue to the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 11. The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are not required for the event. General admission seating is first come, first served. Live web captioning in English and Spanish will be available through mobile devices. Guests unable to visit Moscow may watch the ceremony online at

Lineup for commencement begins at 8:15 a.m. along University Avenue near the Administration Lawn. College banners will be posted around the lawn area. Students with disability-related needs should contact the Center for Disability Access and Resources at 208-885-6307. Guests in need of special accommodations should contact University Support Services at 208-885-6394.

This year’s keynote speaker is Idaho Gov. Brad Little, who graduated from U of I in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness. He has worked in the ranching industry and first served in public office in 2001 when he was selected to the Idaho Senate. He was then elected to four consecutive terms and in 2009 became Idaho’s 37th lieutenant governor. He is now Idaho’s 33rd governor.

As part of the commencement ceremonies, a President’s Medallion will be presented to Doug Gross in recognition of his contributions to Idaho. He is a leader in the development of Idaho agribusiness for more than four decades. He is the CEO of Gross Farms Inc., has served on the Idaho Potato Commission and is a member of the U of I Foundation board of directors.

Other honorees at this year’s ceremony include:

  • Marc Brinkmeyer, owner and chairman of the board of Idaho Forest Group, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Natural Resources.
  • Don Burnett, U of I professor emeritus and past dean of the College of Law, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Law.
  • Matthew Espe, business leader and volunteer, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration.

Other statewide ceremonies include:

  • The U of I Idaho Falls ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. Mountain time Thursday, May 2, at the Willard Arts Center Colonial Theatre, 450 A St., Idaho Falls. Lineup begins at 7 p.m. The U of I Idaho Falls commencement speaker is Roger Evans, a fourth-generation alumnus, regional technology coordinator for the Idaho State Department of Education and owner of Definitive Solutions LLC.
  • The U of I Coeur d’Alene ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 6, in the Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center at North Idaho College. Lineup begins at 6:45 p.m. The U of I Coeur d’Alene commencement speaker is Sholeh Patrick, an award-winning columnist and correspondent for the Coeur d’Alene Press.
  • The U of I Boise ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. Mountain time Tuesday, May 14, at the Boise Centre. Lineup begins at 6:45 p.m. The U of I Boise commencement speaker is Emma Atchley, a member of the Idaho State Board of Education.

Commencement attendees should be aware of U of I’s security, tobacco and alcohol policies. In the interest of enhanced safety, the university will be conducting bag checks at all entrances for the Moscow commencement ceremony. No bags are permitted for graduating students.

Additionally, individuals, including concealed carry permit holders, may not bring a firearm into the Kibbie Dome, 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). U of I also prohibits weapons of any sort, including knives, in the Kibbie Dome.

U of I 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.

Complete information about all University of Idaho commencement ceremonies, including information for visitors, is available at

Media Note: Photographs of this year’s commencement speakers, honorees, university leadership, campus stock photography and the university’s logomarks are available for download at

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