Boise State graduates attend commencement ceremony

Posted at 3:41 PM, May 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-11 20:26:34-04

BOISE, Idaho — Boise State honored more than 2,600 spring graduates during two commencement ceremonies Saturday at the Taco Bell Arena, bringing the university's total graduates for the year to more than 4,500.

Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and CEO of Chobani, was awarded an honorary doctorate at the cereomny, and offered remarks focused on his life journey from a small village in eastern Turkey to eastern Idaho, where he has built the No. 1-selling Greek yogurt brand in the United States.

The ceremonies also featured student speakers.

Boise State has graduated a record-setting number of undergraduate, master's and doctoral students in each of the past nine years. Holding two ceremonies ensured that all families and friends who wished to support graduates could attend.

In total, 2,633 students were eligible to receive 3,049 degrees and certificates. Of those, 868 were eligible for honors: 490 cum laude, 304 magna cum laude and 74 summa cum laude. 22 doctoral degrees were awarded.