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First Forward Graduation Ceremony April 22

First Forward Graduation CeremonyGraduating from college is a tremendous achievement. Being a first-generation student means that neither of your parents hold a 4-year degree. The First Forward Graduation Ceremony is a Boise State tradition and an honor to recognize you for your extraordinary accomplishments.

 You’ll have the opportunity to elect a special mentor to cord you – someone who has helped you along your way. You can also choose to be corded by the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Participants will receive a unique teal cord, which represents new beginnings and bright futures.  A buffet lunch and cake will be provided.

The First Forward Graduation Ceremony was introduced by Multicultural Student Services and the Martin Luther King Jr. Living Legacy Committee in 2013 to provide an opportunity to show appreciation for the efforts and success of first-generation students. Past attendance has been in the hundreds and continues to grow. 

Register here by April 20 to participate in the cording ceremony.

 First Forward Graduation Ceremony
Sunday, April 22
noon – 2 p.m.
Jordan Ballroom, Student Union


Celebrate the LGBTQIA Community at Rainbow Graduation

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Are you graduating this May? Your hard work deserves to be celebrated. Come show your pride at the Rainbow Graduation Ceremony, a celebration of the achievements of Boise State LGBTQIA+ graduates. The festive, intimate reception will recognize the accomplishments of graduating seniors, graduate school students, and professional school students at Boise State with a cording ceremony and a delicious dinner.

Students who participate receive a rainbow cord and certificate of honor, as well as having the opportunity to honor a mentor or personal advocate. Everyone is welcome to attend this event, including guests of registered graduates, allies, faculty, and staff.

Graduates, please RSVP at by April 20. If it says that you do not have access, click the green “join now” button on the right side of the page. 

Those who wish to attend in support of graduates do not need to formally RSVP, but are encouraged to share this event on FACEBOOK and other social media.

Graduates who are unable to attend may pick up a rainbow cord at the Gender Equity Center Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., beginning April 26.

Rainbow Graduation
Wednesday, April 25
6-8 p.m.
Simplot B-D, Student Union


Contact the Gender Equity Center at (208) 426-4259 if you have questions.

Boise State to Compete in First-Ever Mountain West eSports Showdown in Las Vegas

eSports launch at Boise State in 2017

Adopted Lemons, CosmoBuster and SaladOnMySki are among the Boise State University teams that will challenge Mango, DrChowder and Verb from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in the first-ever Mountain West eSports Showdown in Las Vegas, March 8-10.

The MW eSports Showdown is being held in conjunction with the MW Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. The event will feature eSports teams from Boise State and UNLV competing in three popular eSports games: League of Legends, Rocket League and Overwatch. League of Legends was developed and published by Riot Sports; Rocket League by Psyonix; and Overwatch by Blizzard Entertainment.

Teams of 15 players will participate in show matches, or exhibitions, from 4-7 p.m. on March 8 and from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on March 9 in the Strip View Pavilion inside the Thomas and Mack Center. Admission to the show matches is free for ticketholders to the MW Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. The show matches are a great way for fans to learn more about eSports.

The MW eSports Showdown Main Event will kick off at 9 a.m. on March 10 inside Cox Pavilion. Tickets are $10 (plus UNLVTickets handling fees), on sale now at the Thomas and Mack Center box office or online.

A Message on Spring Commencement from President Bob Kustra


Boise State President Dr. Bob Kustra

Boise State President Dr. Bob Kustra

President Bob Kustra sent the following letter regarding commencement to graduating students:

Dear students,

We have heard concerns regarding graduation this spring at Taco Bell Arena and understand them. Although spring commencement will not be held at Albertsons Stadium this May, we are working to assure that there are enough tickets for families at graduation through a redistribution system. We will be gathering details from graduates on their ticket needs in the coming weeks, as we know some graduates will want more than five tickets and some will want fewer. If we determine that we cannot accommodate graduates and their families in one ceremony, then we can consider holding two ceremonies, one in the morning and one in the afternoon in the arena.

A very rosy picture has been painted about last year’s graduation at Albertsons Stadium, but the possibility of rain, wind and lightning threatened to cancel the entire celebration. And with cancellation, as it works at any university with outdoor graduations, graduates simply report to a location to pick up their diplomas without the pomp and circumstance of a graduation ceremony, which is our number one priority for parents, families and graduates alike.

We also had complaints from attendees about how cold the aluminum stadium seats were, and many left early to watch the ceremony in the warmth of the Student Union. With commencement even earlier this year, concern about weather conditions is heightened.

Last year’s graduation experiment was also very expensive. When the bills came in for renting the stage, sound system and flooring to protect the stadium turf, the bill was a quarter of a million dollars. Given our highest priority of having a graduation ceremony regardless of the weather outside — plus the funding challenges of an outdoor graduation — it is simply too risky and too expensive to do again this spring, especially when we have held wonderful graduations at Taco Bell Arena for many years without any concerns about cancelling an entire graduation ceremony.

Please bear with us as we figure this out in the next few weeks. I assure you this year, as I was not able to do with last year’s outdoor graduation, that there will be a graduation ceremony and we will figure out a way to accommodate families in the process.

President Bob Kustra

Looking for College of Health Sciences Student Services and Academic Advising? We’ve moved.

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The College of Health Sciences Student Services and Academic Advising (SSAA) office has moved to a new location. 

Norco Nursing and Health Services Building, suite 116. It’s right behind the REC at: 
1529 Belmont St.
Boise, ID 83725
Click here for a map.

If you’re a student in any of the departments in SSAA, we can help you with:

  • Exploring your educational and career goals
  • Developing your goals
  • Promoting your responsibility as you make decisions

Joelle Powers, associate dean for the College of Health Sciences says, “This group plays a critical role in supporting students from every department in our college with their academic and career goals… we are thrilled to have a larger space to better accommodate the students and families that are served by our seven advisors.”

SSAA website
To schedule an appointment, call (208) 426-1678

Technology Services for Students

The most common question the Office of Information Technology (OIT) hears from new students is, “So, what do you do?” The answer: they do a lot.

OIT provides more than 150 services to Boise State students and the campus community. Here are just a few of them:

Help Desk at the Zones

Three campus Zone locations provide equipment checkout and personalized concierge, telephone, email, and chat support for all your Boise State technology needs. Receive one-on-one personal assistance for software and hardware technology issues, free malware and virus removal, and free hardware diagnosis.

There are three Zone locations:

  • Interactive Learning Center (ILC)
  • Student Union Building (SUB)
  • Micron Business and Economics Building (MBEB)

View Zone services and operating hours.

Free Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is free to all actively enrolled Boise State students, and you can install it on up to five devices.

Visit our Microsoft Office download page for details.


You can print, scan, copy and staple on over 50 BroncoPrint multifunction stations throughout campus. Students begin each semester with $15 in print funds on their Bronco Card.

Visit our BroncoPrint page for additional information.

Wi-Fi Tips

Boise State students, faculty and staff should use the eduroam wireless network (residence halls have a separate wi-fi network).

University friends and guests should use the Bronco-Guest wireless network.

Information about connecting to wi-fi at Boise State is available on our website.

myBoiseState Mobile

Boise State’s official mobile app provides campus maps integrated with student class schedules, course catalog, B Social access, athletics event schedules, and emergency and security contacts.

Download myBoiseState Mobile today for free from the iPhone App Store or Google Play Store.

The Office of Information Technology’s Website

Whether you’re searching for helpful information about how to use Blackboard and Digication, want to know what software is available on the 500+ public computers located throughout campus, or want to set up your Boise State G Suite account with your phone or tablet, OIT has you covered.

Visit their website to learn more, or just call (or email or chat) and tell them what you need or want.

Contact the Help Desk

Visit the Zone

  • Help Desk @ The Zone – Interactive Learning Center
    ILC, Room 128
    Monday – Thursday, 7 am – 10 pm / Friday 7 am – 6 pm / Sat & Sun, 10 am – 6 pm
  • Help Desk @ The Zone – SUB
    SUB, near Fresh Express
    Monday – Friday, 8 am – 8 pm
  • Help Desk @ The Zone – Micron Business & Economics Building
    Micron Business & Economics Building, First Floor, Jackson Commons and Third Floor, MBEB 3010
    Monday – Friday, 8 am – 6 pm

Boise State’s Accommodations for Students

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Boise State University is committed to ensuring students with disabilities receive appropriate, timely accommodations pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

In accordance with University Policy 2080, Equal Access for Students with Disabilities, Boise State will provide academic adjustments and auxiliary aids and services to students with disabilities, including students with hearing and vision impairments.  

To initiate the accommodations process, students must contact the Educational Access Center at (208) 426-1583 or Students requesting accommodations will be assigned an educational coordinator to engage in an individual consultation to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations for the student. If a student requires certain academic adjustments or auxiliary aids that are not readily available for implementation, the university will use all reasonable alternatives to minimize the impact of the delay. Reasonable alternatives will be calculated to ensure that the student is not deprived of the opportunity to meaningfully participate in the classes, activities or programs.

For additional information about student accommodations, please contact the Educational Access Center.

ASBSU Funds Free Legal Advice for Students

Free Legal Advising: ASBSU Student Legal Services Mondays & Thursdays

Do you need legal advice?  It’s not always easy, or affordable, to come by as a student. That’s why the Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU) funds free attorney consultations with a local private lawyer for most legal problems you may have. This service is available to all full fee paying students at Boise State.

Some of the topics eligible for discussion are:

  • Landlord/tenant problems
  • Small claims court
  • Divorce/family Law
  • Automobile accidents
  • Personal injury
  • Child custody/child support
  • Minor in consumption/possession
  • Driving under the influence
  • Workman’s compensation claims
  • Collection and debt problems
  • Insurance claims
  • Probate
  • Adoptions

You’ll meet with one of two attorneys with the law firm of Schroeder & Lezamiz Law Offices, LLP. The firm was established in 1981 in Boise, Idaho and has provided legal services to individuals, businesses, and universities. It has received the AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest rating given to law firms in the United States. You can learn more about Schroeder & Lezamiz Law Offices, LLP here. 

Margaret M. Lezamiz has been a licensed practicing attorney in the State of Idaho since being admitted to the bar in 1983, and is fluent in Spanish.

John T. Schroeder is a nationally-recognized attorney, and has practiced law in the State of Idaho since being admitted to the bar in 1981.

For a full list of the topics you can seek consultation for, or to learn more about the service, visit here. To be eligible, you must be a currently enrolled and full fee paying student in the semester that the appointment occurs. You’ll need to be enrolled in either summer or fall classes to use this service over the summer. 

Appointments available:
Monday and Thursday
Fall and spring semesters (summer appointments may be available)
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

By appointment only, walk-in appointments are not accepted. Book an appointment here.

Appointments are thirty minutes long. Please be sure to bring proper identification. Faculty and staff are not eligible to use this service.