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100th Commencement Celebration at Boise State

100th Commencement Celebration at Boise State

Graduates in the 1950s process towards the commencement ceremony

Graduates in the 1950s process towards the commencement ceremony

Spring commencement took place outside on the then-green turf during the 1970s.

Spring commencement took place outside on the then-green turf during the 1970s.

This May’s graduation marks the 100th individual commencement ceremony at Boise State University. The first commencement took place in 1934, when the University was in its infancy as Boise Junior College and only offered two-year degrees.

The early commencements were held at St. Margaret’s Hall, the original location of the college. The location has shifted throughout the years, including to Julia Davis Park, the Hemingway Studies Center (formerly Assembly Hall), the Morrison Center, and Taco Bell Arena (where Winter Commencements are still held). Although this year’s commencement is in fact the first one to be held on the blue turf, it is not the first time to be held on the football field.

In the 1970s, the ceremony took place in the stadium on the then-green turf. Special Collections and Archives at Albertsons Library has materials related to commencements, including programs dating back to the first ceremony in 1934. Those are also digitized and available online. You can also view photos of past commencements on our digital collections page.

Alex Meregaglia,
Archivist/Librarian & Assistant Professor

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