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Congratulations Graduates!

What you need to know

Commencement, May 4

Graduates should arrive by 9am at Holt Arena

Commencement Rehearsal, May 3

3:30-4:30, Holt Arena

Cap & Gown

Deadline to buy regalia: March 14, 2019

If you have missed the deadline -please contact the University Bookstore to discuss any available options – 208-282-3237.

Approved Commencement Dress

  • black robe
  • black mortarboard
  • colored tassel
  • hood - for graduate students
  • honors cords and/or stoles

How to order regalia

Order in person at the ISU Bookstore in the Pond Student Union.

You may also order from the bookstore over the phone (208) 282-3237.

If you live out of town, shipping options available.

Graduation with Distinction and Honors Cords

Idaho State University recognizes outstanding student scholarship in baccalaureate and associate degree graduates by granting the following distinctions:

  • Summa Cum Laude (gold honor cord): to those having an Idaho State University GPA of 3.950-4.00
  • Magna Cum Laude (silver honor cord): to those having an Idaho State University GPA of 3.750-3.949
  • Cum Laude (white honor cord): to those having an Idaho State University GPA of 3.500-3.749

Acknowledgement of academic achievement at commencement will be based on the student’s cumulative ISU GPA at the conclusion of the term prior to the ceremony. Distinction recorded on the diploma and final official transcript, however, will be based on all semesters completed.

Where to get them

University Honors Distinction cords (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude) are available through the Registrar’s Office.  

For Veteran honor cords, contact the military education benefits coordinator in the Office of the Registrar.  

FAQ: Cap & Gown

Can I wear a borrowed cap and gown?

You are welcome to borrow regalia, but please make sure you wear the appropriate robe for your degree level (undergraduate, master’s and doctoral). All robes should be black

On what side do I wear my tassel?

  • Undergraduates wear their tassels on the right side prior to Commencement.
  • Graduate students wear the tassel on the left.

Can I decorate my cap?

Yes, but when considering ornamentation, we ask that you honor the achievements being celebrated and respect the dignity of the occasion.

Where do I get a stole of gratitude?

Stoles of gratitude can be purchased at the University Bookstore along with your regalia.


Diploma & Degrees


Diplomas are mailed two to three weeks after your degree has been posted to your academic record and official transcript.   You will receive an email from letting you know when your degree has been posted and a second email from the diploma vendor (Michael Sutter Company) when your diploma has been mailed.  Degree awarding may take up to five weeks.  Please watch your isu email account closely.

Supply an address for your diploma

If you will be moving after graduation, please notify a Graduation Specialist in the Office of the Registrar of your address change.

(208) 282-4874

Please note: Updating your address in BengalWeb will not change where your diploma is mailed. 


FAQ: Diploma & Degrees

What do I do if my diploma is incorrect?

If your diploma is incorrect you should contact Idaho State University's Registrar's office. Call 208-282-4874 or email at


Can I get a replacement copy of my diploma?

Yes, you can order a replacement diploma, or additional copies, for a $30 fee.  To order a duplicate diploma visit our website - . Once ordered, a replacement diploma will take 3-5 business days.


 How do I get an official copy of my transcript?

Visit the Transcripts page for information on ordering. The cost for an official ISU transcript is $10 each, plus any delivery method charges.


 If I am getting two degrees, can I have two diploma covers?

Yes. One will be given to you at commencement and a second one may be picked up from the Registrar’s Office located in the Museum building.