Relive the #cwigraduation celebration

2016 Ceremony - Saturday, May 7 at 7 p.m.

At Taco Bell Arena

Congratulations, your hard work has paid off and you've almost met your goal at CWI!

The following information is important to understand when preparing for graduation.

The Difference Between Graduation and Commencement

Graduation is receiving a degree from College of Western Idaho. A student graduates by 1) completing all degree or program requirements, and 2) completing a graduation application.

Commencement is the graduation ceremony - a celebration of the graduate’s accomplishments. Students are encouraged to participate in the commencement ceremony.  Participation in the ceremony does not guarantee graduation. Therefore, it is important to meet with your academic advisor and review your program evaluation to confirm you are on track to graduate.

Applying for Graduation

Students MUST complete an Application for Graduation.

You should apply for graduation the semester prior to your final semester in which all degree/certificate requirements will be completed.

Apply by the second week of the semester you are graduating to make sure your name will be printed in the commencement program.

Degree Posting and Diplomas

The posting of degrees begins the week after the semester ends and grades are final. This process takes at least 4-6 weeks. After posting is complete, the degree or certificate information is available on the transcript. Be sure to select “After Degree is Posted” when ordering an official transcript from College of Western Idaho.  This will ensure the degree has been posted before the transcript is sent. Diplomas are mailed to your mailing address and you should receive them approximately 2 months after the end of the semester.  Keep your mailing address updated with CWI even after you graduate to prevent a delay in receiving your diploma!

The Diploma Reorder Form is used to order replacement diplomas. You should not use this form if something was wrong with your original diploma, i.e. name, degree, etc. In the event that something was incorrect on your original diploma, contact One Stop Student Services.

Ordering Official Transcripts Diploma Reorder Form

Ceremony Schedule - Commencement

Check in and Name Cards:

  • Graduate check in time is starting at 5:30 lasting until 6:30 pm.
  • Graduates will enter through lobby 3 and family and friends will enter through lobbies 1 and 2; lobbies 1 and 2 will open to the public at 6:00 pm.  Due to increased security measures, attendees are encouraged to arrive early and well before the ceremony start time of 7:00 p.m.
  • There will be signs that will direct graduates to a designated area to pick up their name cards; graduates MUST have a name card in order to participate in the ceremony.

Instructions and Line-up:

  • Ceremony instructions and graduate line up will start promptly at 6:30 pm. so that the ceremony can start on time at 7:00 pm.

Ceremony Checklist - Commencement

You’ve worked hard to earn your degree or certificate. Don’t miss these important steps that will help you prepare for the ceremony!

Associate Degree and Certificate Students

  • Apply for graduation.
    • Fill out the Graduation Application form and turn it into any of our One Stop Student Services locations
    • This confirms your eligibility to participate in the commencement ceremony.
    • Print your name on your graduation application exactly as you would like it to appear on your diploma.
    • Don’t delay get your application in now!
  • Verify your mailing address on
    • Visit My Toolkit -> Academic Profile - > My profile
    • This is where your diploma will be mailed AFTER the ceremony.
    • Contact One Stop Student Services if it needs updated
  • Purchase your cap and gown from the CWI Bookstore located at the Micron Center for Professional Technical Education.
    • To participate in the ceremonies, all graduates must wear appropriate academic regalia (cap and gown).
  • Reserve your seat with RSVP
  • Check your CWI email regularly for information and updates.
    • Read the graduate instructions that will be emailed to you so you know when you need to report for line-up.
  • Pick up your name card at check-in before the ceremony.

GED, Apprenticeship, and Medical Assistant Students

  • To confirm your participation in the graduation ceremony you will need to RSVP by clicking on the link above.
  • Please complete the RSVP registration process as soon as possible and no later than April 1, 2016 to ensure that your name will be included in the commencement program.
  • Upon confirmation of your RSVP, you will receive information for obtaining your cap and gown, as well as specific details about the ceremony.
  • Read all communications sent to you regarding graduation.

Participation Eligibility - Commencement

• Associate Degree and Certificate Students

Students who will earn a degree or certificate during the 2015-2016 academic year (Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016) AND have applied for graduation are eligible to participate in the May 2016 commencement ceremony. Students who have applied for graduation and are on track to complete program requirements during the summer 2016 semester may also participate in commencement; however, names of summer 2016 graduates will not appear in the commencement program.

• Early Participants

Students who have 6 credits or less of their degree/certificate program to complete in the 2016 summer semester are eligible for early participation in the May 7, 2016 ceremony.  Students who are eligible need to email [email protected] to confirm that they are an early participant.

• GED Students

Students who have completed GED requirements for graduation by March 31, 2016 are eligible to participate in the May 7, 2016 commencement ceremony.

• Apprenticeship Students

Students who have successfully completed all 4 years of the apprenticeship program are eligible to participate in the May 7, 2016 commencement ceremony.

• Medical Assistant Students

Students who have successfully completed all requirements for the Medical Assistant certificate by May 1, 2016 are eligible to participate in the May 7, 2016 commencement ceremony.

Cap and Gown/Announcements

To participate in the ceremonies, all graduates must wear appropriate academic regalia (cap and gown).

Graduation caps, gowns, and tassels are now available for purchase at the CWI Nampa Bookstore. Cost is $28.00 + tax (includes cap, gown and tassel). Eligible students may purchase an honor cord when buying their cap and gown. Honor cords sell for $9.50 + tax.

Graduation Caps, Gowns, and Tassels Announcements and Class Rings

Graduation Honors

Honor cords are now available and sell for $9.50 + tax.

Degree candidates who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance with a minimum grade point average of 3.50 are academically distinguished at the Commencement Ceremony. Eligible students can purchase an honor cord when buying their cap and gown at the bookstore. This is based on the students institutional GPA as of fall 2015.

Honor Cords

Directions and Parking

All reserved and metered parking lots will be free for commencement patrons. Like most events held in the Taco Bell Arena, parking lots other than the Stadium may need to be used.

As the Broadway Bridge is closed for construction, those traveling to campus are also encouraged to allow for extra travel time.

Because of the limitation of handicapped parking, family and friends who cannot walk a distance can be dropped off at the front of arena. Entrance 1 or 2 of the Taco Bell Arena have elevators available if family or friends cannot climb stairs.

Boise State Campus Map

Special Accomodations

Pictures and Videos

As a public college event, the College of Western 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 of Western Idaho.


Arrangements have been made with Grad Images to photograph each graduate as they walk across the stage. Samples of the pictures will be mailed approximately one week after the ceremony. You will be under no obligation to purchase photos; however, you will have the option to purchase a variety of packages online, by phone or by mail.


Family members and friends are encouraged to stay in their seat throughout the ceremony. Due to certain regulations and safety standards, the aisles must remain clear; therefore, no one will be allowed to block the aisles to take pictures during any part of the ceremony.

For more information regarding photographs please contact Grad Images at 1-800-261-2576 or visit