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Boise State University Celebrates 100th Commencement, First on ‘The Blue’

By: Sherry Squires   Published 10:43 am / April 17, 2017

Winter Commencement 2016

Boise State’s spring Commencement ceremony — the university’s 100th — will honor graduates in a traditional ceremony on “The Blue” at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 6, in Albertsons Stadium.

In total, 2,369 students are eligible to receive 2,682 degrees and certificates. Of those, 617 are eligible for honors: 369 cum laude, 207 magna cum laude and 41 summa cum laude. A record twenty-three doctoral degrees will be awarded.

Winter Commencement graduates

This will bring the total number of Boise State graduates to more than 4,000 for this academic year.

Boise State will continue its tradition of featuring a student speaker for Commencement. This year, Océane Pelloille, who came to Boise State from her small hometown of Caen, France, with a four-year scholarship to play on the women’s golf team, will offer remarks.

Océane Pelloille

Océane Pelloille

Pelloille arrived in the United States determined to succeed both as an athlete and scholar. As a champion golfer, she achieved the status of Academic All-American Athlete, and as a member of the Student Athlete Association Committee, she became a mentor to a future generation of student-athletes. She established the “Wish Makers on Campus” club during an internship with Make-A-Wish Idaho, overseeing events on campus and training board members and volunteers. Pelloille also has volunteered as a “big sister” with Big Brother Big Sisters of America. During a service trip to Jamaica with Boise State’s Student Involvement and Leadership Center,Pelloille worked with a diverse team who went together to build and improve safe learning spaces for young people. This opportunity, she said, helped her to realize the positive difference we can make in the lives of others.

Her studies are in political science, American sign language and nonprofit management, and her plans for the future include the creation of a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing and helping schools in less developed countries. She is the first in her family to earn a college degree.

The Commencement ceremony, the first on The Blue, will include a processional and recessional, individual recognition of graduates and the hooding of doctoral candidates. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. and no tickets are required.

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