More than 2,200 students graduate from Boise State on Saturday (w/video)

May 18, 2013 

Boise State University’s 92nd Commencement ceremony Saturday morning in Taco Bell Arena honored more than 2,200 graduates.

Those graduates included 513 students who were eligible for honors, including 309 cum laude, 173 magna cum laude and 31 for the highest honors, summa cum laude.

“We call this ceremony Commencement, and commence is to begin, not to end. We’re going to send you off and wish you well on a new life journey,” said Bob Kustra, university president. “We are replenishing a citizenry and society with new energy. We also recognize this as a conferral to the public good.”

Student Commencement speaker Joshua Watkins, from Kuna, graduated with bachelor’s degrees in both political science and communication. As a member of the Talkin’ Broncos, Boise State’s national champion speech and debate team, Watkins has been acknowledged as one of the 10 best collegiate public speakers in the nation.

“For the guy who grew up feeling so different from everybody else and worried he would never fit in, education is a way to feel like he is contributing to something bigger than himself,” said Watkins during his speech.

The Commencement ceremony included a processional and recessional, individual recognition of each graduate and the hooding of doctoral candidates. Doctoral candidates included: Cheryle Anne Dismuke, Eian Harm, Randy Lance, Andrew Sell and Steven Underwoood, curriculum and instruction; and Thomas Blum, geophysics.

A slideshow of Commencement photos will be available in the coming days at Summer school classes will begin on Monday.

The following is a video produced by Boise State:

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