Frequently Asked Questions

Graduate Commencement 2015

1 . When is the Commencement ceremony, where is it held, and when is it over?^

The Graduate Student Commencement ceremony (for those students who will be receiving a Masters or a PhD. degree) is always held on the Saturday of the Mother's Day Weekend and for this coming year it will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015, in the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Graduates must be in the gym of The Charlotte Y. Martin Centre (this building is the west end of the overall sports complex) in their academic attire no later than 11:30 a.m. This is a good time for guests to arrive and take their seats in the McCarthey Center. The ceremony begins with an academic procession at 12 noon,  Ample seating is available, including disabled seating.  Graduates may invite as many guests as they wish to the ceremony, and no tickets are needed for admission. We estimate that the ceremony will be over at 2 p.m., followed by a social held on the south lawn of The Martin Centre (or the Field House) to end at about 3:30 p.m.

2 . Is there a Baccalaureate Mass and who may attend?^

The Commencement Mass is for Seniors and Graduate students (every faith tradition is welcome) on Saturday, May 9, 2014, in the McCarthey Athletic Center.  It will begin at 4 p.m. and end at about 5:30 p.m.  Graduates may invite as many guests as they wish and tickets are not required for admission. Students wear their academic attire for the Mass and line up in the gym of The Martin Centre at 3:30 p.m.

3 . Do graduate students need to attend rehearsal and when and where is it held?^

A courtesy rehearsal event is scheduled for Friday, May 8 at 1:30 p.m. in the McCarthey Athletic Center.   Another helpful item is the Protocol Sheet, which will be posted on the Graduate Ceremony page on Monday, 4/27.

4 . Is my name going to be announced properly as I cross the stage?^

Your name will be printed on a card that you receive upon check-in.  If you provided a pronunciation to the Registrar, then it will be listed, also. Our professional readers will also check with you once you reach the stage about how to say your name.

5 . How do I order and obtain academic attire?^

Please order your cap and gown online from Graduate Services Northwest by March 2 in order to avoid late fees.  Attire is available:

    Pearl Street Warehouse (1102 N. Pearl Street) - near the Tilford Building
       Monday, May 4 from 3 to 8pm
       Friday, May 8 from 3 to 8pm
   Martin Centre 2nd Floor North
       Saturday, May 9 from 8am to 12noon

6 . Are there professional photographs at Commencement?^

Family and friends may approach the stage and take pictures or a video; we ask everyone to be aware of other photographers and audience viewing. There will be a professional photographic team taking a formal picture of every graduate as well as a candid shot pn the stage.  Order forms will be sent to the graduate during the summer from Image Studios in Moscow, Idaho 208.882.5594. You are under no obligation to order the pictures.  A video of the ceremony will be offered for sale by a partner vendor.