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U of I Awards 618 Degrees at Fall Commencement Ceremony Dec. 9

November 30, 2017

Graduating students are eligible to receive a combined 618 degrees this December at the University of Idaho fall commencement ceremony. Candidates applied for 436 baccalaureate degrees, 151 master’s degrees, 19 doctoral degrees, five law degrees and seven specialist degrees.

Approximately 599 students statewide are eligible for graduation from U of I this semester. This fall's commencement brings the university's all-time totals to 118,165 graduates and 126,421 degrees.

The fall commencement ceremony will take place at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center in Moscow. The commencement speaker is Janet Nelson, vice president for Research and Economic Development at U of I. Since joining the university as a vice president in 2016, Nelson has sought to focus the U of I’s research enterprise on established and emerging areas that have impact for Idaho and beyond; connect students to research and scholarship; and communicate the value of university research and economic development activities.

U of I is also awarding four honorary doctorates to distinguished alumni and friends of the university in recognition of their service to the university and contributions to the state of Idaho and the nation.

Honorary degrees will be awarded to:

  • Kirby A. (Noland) Dyess, ’68, owner of Austin Capital Management LLC and retired corporate vice president of Intel.

  • Brent Holben ’72, project leader for the global AERONET sun-sky radiometer network at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

  • Bill Newbry, president and CEO of Pacific Northwest Farmers’ Cooperative (PNW), a 1,400-member agricultural cooperative. 

  • Silas Whitman, former tribal chairman for the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee and former program manager for the Nez Perce Fisheries Resource Management program.

“We are proud as an institution to recognize these four individuals this fall. They are true representatives of the Vandal spirit: determined, hard-working and dedicated to their communities,” said U of I President Chuck Staben.

Lineup for commencement begins at 11:30 a.m. Doors open for the public at 11 a.m. General seating in the Kibbie Dome is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets are required. Reserved 12-person suites are available through the , via phone at 111-111-7212 or email at [email protected]. For guests with disabilities, please contact University Support Services at 111-111-7353 prior to the ceremony for accommodations. 

Live web captioning in English and Spanish will be available during the ceremony, accessible through mobile devices. The ceremony may also be viewed live at . 

The President's Office will host a reception immediately following the ceremony. Degree candidates, their families and friends, and faculty are all invited to come together on the main floor of the Kibbie Dome. Light refreshments and photo opportunities will be provided. 

More information about fall commencement is available online at 

Commencement attendees should be aware of U of I security, tobacco and alcohol policies. In the interest of enhanced safety, U of I will be conducting bag checks at all the entrances for the commencement ceremony. No bags will be permitted for graduating students. Artificial noise makers are not permitted for use during the commencement ceremony. 

Additionally, individuals, including concealed carry permit holders, may not bring a firearm into the Kibbie Dome. The university has posted signs that specify this restriction as set out in Idaho Code Section 18-3309 (2). U of I also prohibits weapons of any sort, including knives, in the Kibbie Dome.

U of I is a  the use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco is not permitted on university property. Alcoholic beverages can only be consumed in approved locations on university property as per Idaho State Board of Education policy.

Media Contact: 
Savannah Tranchell
University Communications & Marketing
[email protected]

Vice President for Research and Economic Development Janet Nelson

About the University of Idaho

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