Commencement 2017

Saturday, May 20

10:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

The College of Idaho

Regalia (Caps & gowns)

Orders for regalia must be into The College Store by APRIL 1.

Bachelor Regalia will be in black and is made from recycled materials. It belongs to the graduate after the event. Total cost is $47. Tassels will be purple and gold. Click on the Regalia Form at the bottom of this page for more info.

The Commencement Adornment Policy may be downloaded here.

Announcements and Rings

General announcements will be available in The College Store beginning in early March. Personalized announcements as well as College Rings may be ordered through

Pictures and Videos 

As a public college event, The College of Idaho will be recording media in the form of photography, audio and video. This media may be reproduced and used for educational, illustration, promotion, advertising, and trade associated with the College.

Ceremony: Arrangements have been made with Pete Grady Photography to photograph each graduate during the ceremony. You will be under no obligation to purchase, but information will be available at the ceremony. Photos from previous years are available at Pete's website. 

Guest Seating

Currently the College does not require tickets to attend Commencement exercises.  Typically, the event is held outdoors and we recommend coming prepared for the weather. We recommend arriving prior to 9:30 am for optimal seating.

Additional Activities

Commencement Weekend begins with a Baccalaureate Service on Friday, May 19 at 8 p.m. in the Jewett Auditorium. This is a contemporary chapel service for graduates, families and friends, and is coordinated by the Office of Campus Ministries.

Baccalaureate includes music, an inspirational message, a light dessert reception and a photo slideshow of the graduating seniors. Please send baby/child photos of your graduating student to Tim Streight at

Please join the College immediately following Commencement for light refreshments on the lawn east of Sterry Hall from noon-2 p.m.

Visit the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce for more information regarding the area.

Road Construction

Commencement guests should be aware of road construction leading to campus. The City of Caldwell is widening 21st Avenue, and traffic patterns may be affected during Commencement weekend. Please see the PDF map at the bottom of this page for highlighted detour routes. The construction should not hinder guests from reaching campus, and any additional travel time will be minimal.

Additional Information

Adornment Policy:
Hotel Options:
Regalia Form:
Visiting Parents Info:
Commencement Instructions for Graduates:
Letter to Parents :

Construction Detour Routes

City of Caldwell Construction.pdf: