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If you are planning on a big graduation event during intercession or summer, plan again. Although you can complete your degree requirements during these semesters, there is no commencement ceremony.
Feeling ripped off? Consider yourself lucky because Mandy Nelson, associate registrar, said Boise State used to only offer one ceremony each year and all the graduates from the entire year had to wait until spring to walk. The first December ceremony didn’t occur until 2001 or 2002, according to Nelson.
“Everyone who graduated from that prior summer, December and May would all participate in that spring ceremony,” Nelson said.
The decision to have two ceremonies was two-fold, according to Nelson. It was due to people leaving the area after completing their requirements, thus missing the opportunity to walk and because of the sheer size of a year’s worth of graduates.
Although the annual ceremony was larger, the current version of spring and winter ceremonies continues to grow with the intercession graduates invited to walk in the spring ceremony, and summer graduates waiting for the winter ceremony.
“August graduates are invited to the winter ceremony and we have plenty of room in the winter ceremony,” Nelson said. “It’s our spring ceremony that is hitting a really large capacity. In spring we have anywhere from 1,200-1,400 people walk (for the last couple years) and in winter we have between 700-800 people walk.”
The number of spring graduates is naturally higher since many programs have structured courses and fixed schedules that end for spring graduation, according to Nelson.
Applying for graduation in summer is just like it is for any other semester though.
“They still have to apply for graduation and the deadline is the fifth day of classes in the first five week session,” Nelson said.
The main difference is students receive their diploma prior to commencement, where spring and winter graduates receive there diploma afterward.
This process takes place after grades are final, which happens after commencement. And according to Nelson, there are some instances where students walk and then don’t make the grade.
“That’s why we don’t have what’s called a live ceremony; where we actually hand out diplomas at the ceremony,” Nelson said. “At the ceremony, you just get a diploma cover.”
Nelson continued by saying applying for graduation is fairly simple. After you’re sure you’re on track, you log into your Boise State account and do it all online. There’s a graduation fee and then your file will be evaluated to make sure you’re all set. Then all you have to do is make the grade and wait for your invitation (via email) to the commencement ceremony.