Caps and gowns are not exactly the warmest of winter attire, but for graduates gearing up to attend this Friday, Dec. 20's Boise State University Winter Commencement at Taco Bell Arena, a little chill is totally worth it.
Kathleen Tuck from Boise State's Office of Communications and Marketing says no tickets are required and parking is free for the 10 a.m. event, but attendees should plan to arrive early; the arena and parking lot fill quickly.
“Our program is growing every year, and we want people to know they can come, but it’s never a bad idea to get there early,” said Tuck. She added that there's an added bonus for early birds: a video showing individual graduates giving shout-outs to family and friends.
Nearly 800 students are expected to pick up diplomas. Sixteen will receive Ph.D.'s—a record for Boise State. Of particular note is the school’s first doctoral graduate in Materials Science and Engineering, and the first Doctor of Education specializing in Special Education, the only candidate to graduate with this particular emphasis in the program’s 20-year history at Boise State.
This year’s student speaker will be native Idahoan Tiara Thompson, a double major in English and Theatre Arts. Thompson has been active in academic advising, theater production, and theater arts regional conference planning.
Alumni Deb Riedel will receive the Silver Medallion award, Boise State’s highest recognition in honor of service to the university. Currently a first vice president and Wealth Management Portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley, Riedel has served on the board of the Boise State University Foundation since 2000, including one term as president.
In addition, the Pesky Awards for Inspirational Teaching will be presented to outstanding Idaho teachers, in recognition of their ability to ignite “a fire in the lives of the children they teach.”
For those unable to attend, Boise State plans to stream the ceremony on the Web at academics.boisestate.edu/provost/commencement-webcast.