Spring Commencement Includes 155 degrees from Coeur d'Alene

Tuesday, April 12 2011


COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho – Graduating students are eligible to receive a combined 155 degrees this spring at the University of Idaho Coeur d'Alene campus.

The candidates applied for 84 baccalaureate degrees, one doctoral degree, three specialist degrees and 67 master’s degrees. Some students will have earned multiple degrees.

Statewide this spring, five commencement ceremonies celebrate the accomplishments of 1,556 University of Idaho students who are eligible to graduate, earning a combined 1,638 degrees. This year's commencement brings the university's all-time totals to 102,703 graduates and 110,394 degrees.

The Coeur d'Alene commencement ceremony will take place Monday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Schuler Auditorium in Boswell Hall on the North Idaho College Campus. Idaho Sen. Shawn Keough will deliver the University of Idaho Coeur d'Alene commencement address.

Keough is the legislative district 1 senator in Idaho, which includes northern Bonner and Boundary Counties in northern Idaho. First elected in 1996, Keough is now in her eighth term. Keough serves on the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee and is vice-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. She also serves on the Senate Transportation Committee. Keough's legislative priorities include education, transportation and issues that help rural Idaho. When the legislature is not in session, Keough works in the private sector as executive director for the Associated Logging Contractors, an organization of independent logging contractors with whom she has worked since 2000. Her professional experience includes business management and public relations.

Lineup for commencement begins at 6:30 p.m. Students or guests with disability-related needs are invited to contact the Coeur d'Alene campus at (208) 667-2588 as early as possible to allow time to arrange needed services and access. Requests are very difficult to arrange on the day of commencement.

The President's Office will host a reception immediately following the ceremony. Friends, family, and faculty are invited to join in congratulating the new graduates. Light refreshments will be served.

Tickets are not required for the event, however students are asked to RSVP with the number of guests they are bringing by calling (208) 885-2588.

More information about the Coeur d'Alene commencement is available online: www.uidaho.edu/commencement.aspx.

President's Medallion
The President’s Medallion is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the cultural, economic, scientific and/or social advancement of Idaho and its people, and have provided exceptional service to the state or nation that has influenced the well-being of humankind.

The University of Idaho Coeur d'Alene proudly presents the President’s Medallion to Coeur d'Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem.

Before becoming Coeur d'Alene's first female mayor, and most recently the city's first third-term mayor, Bloem was an active community member. She co-chaired the city's Downtown Revitalization Committee, chaired the city's strategic planning committee, CdA 2020, and served on the Planning Commission for four years. She also served on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the EXCEL Foundation Board of Directors and the North Idaho College Foundation Board.

Currently, Bloem serves on the Association of Idaho Cities Board, chairs the North Idaho Mayors' Coalition, and serves on the North Idaho College Foundation Board and the University of Idaho Northern Idaho Advisory Board. She also chairs the Salvation Army Advisory Board, which brought a $65 million Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center grant to Coeur d'Alene and North Idaho.

The fourth generation of her family to plant deep roots in Coeur d'Alene, Bloem taught fourth and sixth grades in the Coeur d'Alene School District for 10 years. She also worked as a leader for the U.S. Forest Service YCC program in 1973-76. She had almost completed an advanced degree in educational counseling when she was called upon to help lead the family's business, Dingle's Hardware. After moving the hardware store out of downtown, Bloem became involved in the jewelry business and has owned and operated Johannes & Company Jewelry since 1985.
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About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year. The University of Idaho is classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as high research activity. The student population of 12,000 includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, who select from more than 130 degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. The university also is charged with the statewide mission for medical education through the WWAMI program. The university combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and focuses on helping students to succeed and become leaders. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For more information, visit www.uidaho.edu.