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Spring Commencement 2018

Commencement celebration

Congratulations to the class of 2018!

Boise State University honored spring graduates during two commencement ceremonies May 5 in Taco Bell Arena. Together they drew a record 1,966 students. In total, 2,682 students were eligible to receive 2,935 degrees and certificates. Of those, 647 were eligible for honors: 383 cum laude, 203 magna cum laude, and 61 summa cum laude. Twenty-one doctoral degrees were awarded.

View full list of graduates.

Students during ceremony

Watch Video of Spring Commencement 2018 – May 5, 2018

Clancy Johnston

Finance and accountancy major Clancy Johnston was the student speaker for the morning celebration. Johnston grew up in New Plymouth, Idaho, and came to Boise State as an Alumni Legacy Scholar. He gave time to a number of initiatives both on campus and off during his academic career. “We live in a world that defines us by what we get … once you’ve tasted the joy of giving, purely getting will never satisfy,” he said.


Rachel Elena Gallina

Rhodes Scholar finalist Rachel Elena Gallina addressed graduates in the afternoon ceremony. Gallina graduated with honors from Boise State with a bachelor’s in multidisciplinary studies, focused on economics political science, gender studies, and an Arabic studies minor. She has worked as an Albanian refugee interpreter, with the Mary Ellen Ryder Linguistics lab to help launch a communication app designed to help local service providers better engage with Boise’s refugee community. She returned to Kosovo where she was raised to develop an English language curriculum and teach women’s empowerment classes. “The world needs changing,” she said. “I’d like for each of us to change the world somehow. Be encouraged by what you’ve accomplished … and then tomorrow go out and tackle that thing that scares you the most.”


Boise State awarded an honorary doctorate to Robert G. Miller, chairman of the board and chief executive officer for Albertsons Companies. Miller has worked in retail since 1961, when he began his career as a bottle sorter at a grocery store. He grew Albertsons LLC from a strong chain of 192 stores across seven states into Albertsons Companies, which operates over 2,300 stores under more than 20 banners in 35 states and the District of Columbia. “Bob Miller has demonstrated a lifelong dedication to serving customers and providing opportunities for thousands to flourish under his leadership,” Kustra said. “Bob Miller will say he’s just a grocer — what he is is a genius turnaround man.” Miller offered advice to graduates on how to succeed in their careers. “I had no idea that applying for a job at a grocery store would change my life, but it did. You work hard, you tell the truth, you believe in others and you have passion for what you do. Find that passion, hang onto it,” Miller said.

Robert G. Miller receives honorary doctorate

Students at Graduation Ceremony

Group of studentsStudents walking out of commencement


Did our photographers get a great picture of you? Check out the Boise State Spring 2018 Commencement Photo Gallery.

Full Commencement Videos and Photo Galleries

Want to relive the experience? Check out the full videos and photo galleries below.

Morning Ceremony Video

Afternoon Ceremony Video

Morning Ceremony Photo Gallery

Afternoon Ceremony Photo Gallery

Graduates also may purchase individual photos from Grad Images.