Boise State’s spring Commencement ceremony — the university’s 100th — honored graduates on “The Blue” Saturday, May 6, in Albertsons Stadium. More than 1,750 students participated.
In total, 2,369 students received 2,682 degrees and certificates. Of those, 617 were eligible for honors: 369 cum laude, 207 magna cum laude and 41 summa cum laude. A record 23 doctoral degrees were also awarded, bringing the total number of Boise State graduates to more than 4,000 this academic year.
“You are graduates of a university that has climbed to new heights — recently reclassified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral Research University,” said President Bob Kustra. “Every graduate receiving a degree from Boise State today benefits from this new distinction as a doctoral-research university. It not only enhances the reputation and quality of our graduate work, but it also increases the value of the Boise State degree for all graduates.”
Boise State continued the tradition of featuring a student speaker for Commencement. 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, offered remarks. Pelloille managed to surprise her family, visiting from France, who were not aware that she was selected to be the student speaker. In her address, she expressed the importance of listening to your own heart saying, “the only person you’ll be with forever is yourself. Trust yourself.”
Pelloille studied political science, American sign language and nonprofit management at Boise State, and plans to create 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.
“We all came here with a spark, and Boise State ignited a flame,” she said.
Saturday’s ceremony was the first time Boise State has held Commencement outside since 1981, “and that turf was green,” Kustra noted. “We have seen such an increase in graduates and proud family members who want to attend commencement, we needed a larger venue.”