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April 24, 2021

10 am • 2 pm • 6 pm


We are excited to announce that Idaho State University will hold an in-person commencement ceremony on Saturday, April 24, to celebrate our graduates' achievements.

Saturday, April 24
Holt Arena
10 am, 2 pm, 6 pm

Ceremony 1 | 10 am

College of Health
College of Pharmacy

Ceremony 2 | 2pm

College of Arts & Letters
College of Education

Ceremony 3 | 6 pm

College of Business
College of Science and Engineering
College of Technology


An RSVP is required if you would like to participate in the Pocatello Spring Commencement Ceremony.

Deadline to RSVP for Commencement: April 1, 2021

Cap and Gown

Regalia can be purchased at the ISU Bookstore during regular business hours while supplies last.

Deadline to buy commencement regalia online: March 10


Order your tickets for Pocatello’s graduation using the following Ticket Request Form.

For more information, check out our Ticketing FAQ page.

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Important Dates

Regalia Orders Due for Pocatello
March 10, 2021

Student Speaker Application Due
March 19, 2021

RSVP Deadline for Pocatello’s Spring Commencement
April 1, 2021

RSVP Deadline for Meridian Spring Commencement
April 1, 2021

Ticketing Request Deadline - Pocatello
April 1, 2021

Pocatello Spring Commencement
Saturday, April 24, 2021
10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 6 p.m.

Meridian Spring Commencement
Saturday, May 8, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.


Be a Spring 2021 Commencement Speaker

Applications are now open for the Student Commencement Speaker. Idaho State is inviting a student representative to speak at each commencement ceremony. Interested applicants must have a 3.0 GPA.

The successful applicant will be a dynamic and engaging speaker with a great deal of Bengal pride. In the event that an in-person ceremony becomes impossible due to COVID-19, the chosen speaker will be highlighted in a virtual event.

Applications are due March 19.


When will my ceremony take place?
We are planning three ceremonies on Saturday, April 24, at 10 a.m, 2 p.m, and 6 p.m., dividing by college. We are still working on plans to make those divisions. Check back soon for more information.


What are you doing to protect me and my family from COVID-19?
Your safety is our number one concern. Please visit our COVID-19 Precautions webpage for more information about our efforts to keep everyone safe at commencement. 


I graduated in 2020 but couldn’t walk because of the pandemic. Can I participate in the 2021 ceremony?
Yes! Please fill out the RSVP form if you would like to participate in the ceremony this year.


I can’t make the ceremony in Pocatello on April 24. Can I attend the ceremony in Meridian on Saturday, May 8?
Yes! Please check out Meridian’s Commencement Website and fill out a participation form to RSVP.

Will you be live-streaming the ceremony?
Yes! The ceremony will be streamed live to ISU’s YouTube channel. We ask that high-risk populations, people who have COVID-19, and those who are in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 stay home and watch the live-streamed ceremony.


I have a question about ticketing. Where can I find more information about that?
Please visit our Ticketing FAQs page for more information about ticketing. If you are a graduate and would like to request tickets for audience members, fill out the Ticketing Request Form.


I earned a Master’s/Doctoral degree. Will I be able to be hooded?
Due to safety concerns, no hoodings will take place, but we are planning alternative ways to honor doctoral graduates. We will be contacting you soon with more details about how to take part in these honors.


Do we need to pay for parking at Holt Arena during commencement?
No, parking is free the day of commencement.


Will photos be taken during the ceremony?
Yes, professional pictures will be taken by Lifetouch Photography and will be available for viewing and purchase at


Is there a rehearsal?
Details for rehearsal will be communicated at a later date. If we are not able to hold an in-person rehearsal, we will create a virtual rehearsal.


How long will commencement last?
Each ceremony should last approximately 60-75 minutes.


How do I get my honor cords?
Honor cords can be picked up in the Registrar’s Office (Museum Building, 318) during regular business hours. They will also have a booth at Holt Arena the day of commencement for anyone still needing to pick up cords. There is no fee associated with honor cords.


When should I arrive for commencement?
Typically, graduates are instructed to arrive one hour prior to the ceremony. This year, in order to help with physical distancing, we will assign you check-in times based on your last name.


How do I get my actual diploma?
Diplomas will be mailed to the address you indicated on your graduation application and should arrive 2-3 weeks after your degree has been posted to your academic record and official transcript.




(eligibility, honors, diploma)
Registrar’s Office
(208) 282-4874


(seating, logistics, program)
Office of Marketing and Communications
(208) 282-4798


(caps, gowns, tassels)
University Bookstore
(208) 282-3237