Boise State Winter Commencement

Event Times

  • Saturday, December 17, 2022 | 10:00 AM
  • Saturday, December 17, 2022 | 3:00 PM

Event Information

Know Before You Go

This is a general admission / non-ticketed event open to the public. Seating is on a first-come/first-served basis.

Additional information on Boise State University’s commencement ceremony.


In order to ensure efficient entry into the building, we encourage you to arrive early and come prepared for the security screening process.

10:00 am Ceremony – College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, College of Engineering and School of Public Service.

  • Doors open at 9:00am
  • Ceremony begins at 10:00am

3:00 pm Ceremony – College of Business and Economics, College of Health Sciences and College of Innovation and Design.

  • Doors open at 2:00pm
  • Ceremony begins at 3:00pm

Bag Policy:

  • Bags and/or purses no larger than 11 x 17 are permitted. Backpacks, regardless of size, are not allowed.
  • Exceptions may be made (but are not guaranteed) for bags necessary for medical or children needs.


The ceremony will stream live on the commencement main page and Boise State’s YouTube for off-campus guests who cannot be in attendance.


For your safety, all guests entering the Arena are subject to a metal-detector screening, visual inspection and/or bag inspection conducted by Arena security personnel. Refusal to agree to the search may result in non-admittance. Prohibited items include anything that can be deemed a threat to public safety regardless of permit. In the event that prohibited items are revealed during a search, guests may either return the item to their vehicle or the item will be confiscated. Confiscated items will be disposed of and not returned.

In order to keep guests safe and reduce unnecessary touchpoints, the following items are prohibited:

  • Weapons of any kind or items that could be used as a weapon (Leatherman, knives, brass knuckles, metal chains, sharp metal objects, pepper sprays, bullets, etc.)
  • Bags larger than 11 x 17 and backpacks of any size
  • Fireworks / Pyrotechnics of any kind
  • Laser pointers, glow sticks, or flashbulbs
  • iPads, Google Glass, Selfie-sticks, Laptops, Drones, Video/Audio Recorders
  • Outside food & beverage (cans, bottles, coolers, alcohol, etc.)
  • Artificial noise-makers (such as air horns, cowbells, etc.)
  • Wrapped packages
  • Objects that can be used as projectiles
  • Unapproved pamphlets, handouts, signs, banners, etc.
  • Animals (Exception: recognized service animals under titles II and III of the ADA)
  • Unauthorized chemicals
  • Beach Balls, Skateboards, roller blades, roller shoes
  • Any and all items/controlled substances that are illegal at the city, county, State, and/or Federal level or deemed suspicious due to quantity or uniqueness
  • Any other item deemed by security to be inappropriate for the event or a threat to public safety

*These items will not be checked or allowed into the building so please leave them home or in your car.

Assumption of Risk:

By entering, you agree to the following (and if you are a minor, your parents/guardians agree to the following on your behalf):

  • Assumption of Risk. You assume all risk and accept all responsibility for any injuries or illnesses that might result not only from your actions, inaction, or negligence, but also that of others, the condition of the venue, and/or your presence at this event. Boise State University, the State Board of Education and the State of Idaho are not responsible for any such injuries or illnesses, or any lost, damaged or stolen property.
  • Screening. If applicable, you agree upon entry to security and advanced medical screenings and consent to such screening. You waive and release Boise State, the Idaho State Board of Education, and the State of Idaho for any claims which might arise related to such security and advanced medical screenings. In the event you choose to not submit to security and advanced medical screening, you will be denied entry into the venue.
  • COVID-19. Boise State University has established reasonable physical safeguards relative to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 illness. However, an inherent risk of exposure to the coronavirus exists in any public place where people are present and gathered, and while on Boise State property you agree to follow all posted rules and verbal instructions from staff members, and you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to the coronavirus.

Camera Policy:

Professional cameras (defined as cameras with detachable lenses) ARE allowed into the venue for this event.

  • Bipods and tripods are NOT allowed

Gift Policy:

Gifts, flowers and other items are allowed into the venue for this event.

  • Glass items/flower vases will be allowed in but must be checked and held in the lobby for pickup after the event


Parking is available to attendees in the stadium lots at University and Broadway and at the Lincoln Avenue Garage at University and Lincoln. Please do not park in spaces with signage designated for specific purposes or service vehicles. All metered spaces require payment at all times. Accessible parking spaces are reserved for guests requiring those provisions.

Public Entrances:

Entrances 1 and 2 open one hour before the commencement ceremony start time. In order to ensure efficient entry into the building before the event starts, we encourage you to arrive early and come prepared for the security screening process.

  • Graduates will stage in Bronco Gym and enter the Arena through Entrance 3.

Elevator Access:

Elevators are available in Lobbies 1 and 2.

Seating for Guests with Accessible Needs:

Seating for guests with accessible needs and guests in wheelchairs is available.

Spaces to accommodate wheelchairs and/or chairs required for accessible seating needs are limited and located on all three seating levels.

For this event, the top row of seats in the parquet level will be signed/reserved for guests with accessible seating needs; available on a first-come/first-served basis. Please be mindful when choosing a seat. If you or a member of your party sit in this top row but don’t have an accessible seating need, be advised that you may be relocated.

Wheelchair Transportation Assistance Available:

Guest Services staff wheelchair escorts are available at any entry point for transportation to and from seating areas. As it is important that Arena wheelchairs remain available to escort all guests that request this assistance, please work with staff if you need help in finding a seat for the duration of the event.

Hearing Impairment Assistance Available:

The Arena has an Assistive Listening System (ALS). At the entry, simply ask a Guest Services staff member for a receiver unit.

Spanish Translation:

Receiver units that transmit the ceremony into Spanish can be checked out at a table in Lobby 2.


Light food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

Arena’s Entry/Re-Entry Policy:

Re-entry (entering, exiting, and entering again) is permitted for this event.

Smoking/Vaping Policy:

Smoking and vaping are permitted in designated areas only. Graduate Location


At the end of the ceremony, graduates will exit out of the auxiliary gym on the northwest side of the Arena.

Arena Lost and Found:

The Arena is not responsible for any items left inside or outside the facility. However, there are times when items left in the Arena are turned into our front desk. Call 208-426-1900 to check for a lost item.

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