Graduation

2015 Ceremony - Saturday, May 9 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 Southern Idaho.* A student graduates by 1) completing all degree or program requirements, 2) completing a graduation application.

    *Credits, certificates, and degrees earned at CWI appear on College of Southern Idaho (CSI) transcripts.

    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 Southern Idaho.  This will ensure the degree has been posted before the transcript is sent. Diplomas are mailed to your mailing address.  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.

    Commencement Ceremony Schedule

    Check in and Name Cards:

    Graduate check in time is starting at 5:00 lasting until 6:30 pm.  Graduates enter through Lobby 3, Signs 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. Family and friends enter through lobbies 1 and 2.

    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.

    Commencement Ceremony Checklist

    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. Don’t delay; get your application in now!
    • Print your name on your graduation application exactly as you would like it to appear on your diploma.
    • Verify your mailing address on mycwi.cc. This is where your diploma will be mailed AFTER the ceremony.
    • 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).
    • RSVP by clicking the link at the top of this page.
    • Check your CWI email regularly for information and updates.
    • Read the graduate instructions to will be emailed to you and know when you need to report for line-up.
    • Pick up your name card at line-up 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 4, 2014 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.

    Commencement Participation Eligibility

    • Associate Degree and Certificate Students

    Students who will earn a degree or certificate during the 2014-2015 academic year (Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015) AND have applied for graduation are eligible to participate in the May 2015 commencement ceremony. Students who have applied for graduation and are on track to complete program requirements during the summer 2015 semester may also participate in commencement; however, names of summer 2015 graduates will not appear in the commencement program.

    • GED Students

    Students who have completed GED requirements for graduation by March 31, 2015 are eligible to participate in the May 9, 2015 commencement ceremony.

    • Apprenticeship Students

    Students who have successfully completed all 4 years of the apprenticeship program are eligible to participate in the May 9, 2015 commencement ceremony.

    • Medical Assistant Students

    Students who have successfully completed all requirements for the Medical Assistant certificate by May 1, 2015 are eligible to participate in the May 9, 2015 commencement ceremony.

    Graduation Honors

    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 cumulative GPA as of fall 2014. Honor cords are now available and sell for $9.00 + tax.

    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.

    Announcements and class rings are available through Jostens, please click on the link below for ordering information.

    Jostens Website Link

    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.

    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 1or 2 of the Taco Bell Arena have elevators available if family or friends cannot climb stairs.

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    Special Accomodations

    For Graduates and Guests:

    Please contact us at least two weeks prior to the ceremony if you or any of your guests need accommodations. Special arrangements will be made as needed, and seating will be reserved for guests that need specific accommodations. Contact info: commencement@cwidaho.cc

    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.

    Graduates:

    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:

    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 www.gradimages.com.

    Need More Info?

    For more information on commencement or if you have questions please contact:

    One Stop Student Services at 208.562.3000 or e-mail commencement@cwidaho.cc