Nearly 1,000 students at the University of Idaho are getting an early Christmas present Saturday, Dec. 14—even though they paid dearly for it: a college diploma.
The undergrads will walk into the U of I's Kibbie Dome at the noon hour and walk out as grads at the university's annual winter commencement.
College of Education Dean Corinne Mantle-Bromley is set to be the commencement speaker. She has been recognized for her work with the Institute for Educational Inquiry, a nonprofit that works to advance education on all levels.
Also being honored at the ceremony is 1971 U of I alumnus Michael Kirk, who went to help create the PBS documentary series Frontline.
When the U of I holds its spring commencement in 2014, it will have a new president at the helm. The Idaho State Board of Education announced in November that it had chosen Chuck Staben to become the university's next president, effective March 2014.
Staben will relieve Don Burnett, who has been acting as interim president sine former president Duane Nellis left to take the top job at Texas Tech University.
The board’s 16-member search committee received 70 applicants for the position and in September Staben was named one of five finalists. He visited UI campus locations and met with stakeholders around the state in October.