Relive the #cwigraduation celebration


2017 Ceremony - Saturday, May 13 at 7 p.m.

Taco Bell Arena - Boise, ID

***Students must apply for graduation by MARCH 1st, 2017 to ensure their name will be included in the spring 2017 commencement program.***

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.

  1. Go to  myCWI
  2. Click on Toolkit
  3. Click on the Plan & Register tab
  4. Navigate to Graduation Overview.

Please review the important dates below pertaining to your application for graduation.

Summer Application Dates:

  • Available: Jan. 1
  • Priority Date: May 15
  • Closing Date: July 29

    Fall Application Dates:

    • Available: Jan. 1
    • Priority Date: July 11
    • Closing Date: Dec. 17

      Spring Application Dates:

      • Available: Aug. 1
      • Priority Date: Nov.11
      • Closing Date: May 13

      Available Date: Students have access to apply for graduation through the Graduation Overview tab in student planning.

      Priority Date: Students who submit their application on or prior to this date are guaranteed a review prior to the first day of the semester they intend to graduate.

      Closing Date: This is the last date students can submit their application for graduation electronically.  Any student wishing to apply after this date for the current or prior term must complete section 2 of the graduation petition form.

      Degree Posting and Diplomas

      The process of awarding degrees begins the week after grades are final. This process takes at least 3-4 weeks. Once awarding is complete, the degree or certificate information is available on your 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 the address you provided on your application and you should receive them approximately 5-7 business days from the time CWI places the order. You will receive an email from CWI's third party vendor once the diploma order has been placed.

      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.
        • Submit your application for graduation through the Graduation Overview tab in student planning.
        • This confirms your eligibility to participate in the commencement ceremony.
        • Don’t delay get your application in now!
      • 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, Medical Assistant, and Paramedic 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 7th, 2017 to ensure that your name will be included in the commencement program.
      • 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 2016-2017 academic year (Summer 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Summer 2017) AND have applied for graduation are eligible to participate in the May 2017 commencement ceremony. 

      • GED Students

      Students who have completed GED requirements for graduation by March 31, 2017 are eligible to participate in the May 13, 2017 commencement ceremony.

      • Apprenticeship Students

      Students who have successfully completed all 4 years of the apprenticeship program are eligible to participate in the May 13, 2017 commencement ceremony.

      • Medical Assistant and Paramedic Students

      Students who have successfully completed all requirements for the Medical Assistant certificate by March 31, 2017 or Paramedic students who have completed their program are eligible to participate in the May 13, 2017 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 institutional 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 2016.

      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