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Senior class readies for Commencement 2016

The College of Idaho will celebrate the graduating class of 2016 during its annual commencement ceremony, which is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21, in Morrison Quadrangle on the C of I campus in Caldwell. For full details, visit

For the nearly 300 Yotes who will walk across the stage—one of the largest classes in C of I history—it will be a bittersweet day as students leave the place they’ve called home for the last four years to start a new chapter in their lives.

“The College of Idaho experience is one that has undoubtedly transformed me over the years,” said Wayne Sauramba, who will graduate with a degree in business. “I’ve learned, questioned and taken challenges I never would have otherwise. This college as a whole has given me the tools I need to be a successful member of any community. For that, I couldn't be more grateful.”

It is that community—especially close relationships with professors—that made an impact for international student Inga Lam.

“For somebody who doesn’t have their family around, it’s been nice to have professors on campus who really care for about your personal growth,” she said. “It’s kind of like talking to your friends, except somebody who has more life experience. I want to give back to them by going out into the world and making them proud, because they’ve helped me grow so much.”

This year’s commencement speaker is C of I alumnus Ray Marshall. After graduating from the College in 1975 with degrees in history and American studies, Marshall went on to Harvard Law School and has since become one of the most respected attorneys in California. He is actively involved in community affairs and civil rights advocacy and, in 2012, he received the Judge Learned Hand Award.

Commencement exercises also will include remarks by graduating senior Rima Chahin, C of I President Charlotte Borst and Board of Trustees chair Doug Brigham, along with the awarding of degrees to the 2016 graduates. The proceedings will be streamed live online at

Commencement will be preceded by a Baccalaureate service at 8 p.m. Friday, May 20, in Jewett Auditorium. Class reunions, Board of Trustees meetings and other campus events also are scheduled throughout the week.

The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit