In-person graduations are back!  Boise State has plans to hold three in-person ceremonies this weekend to celebrate the class of 2021.

"Congrats grads" seems like such an easy thing to say, but as the pandemic winds down those two little words carry so much extra!

If you're graduating, you've endured endless Zooms, overcome hundreds of login issues with Google Classroom, conquered assignment upload problems, and created more videos than you ever thought you would because you needed to replace your classroom self with your virtual self.  And then you ended up back in classrooms wearing a mask, trying to type notes through fogged-up glasses.  School has surely ended on a different note than it started on, but you did it, and the class of 2021 can give the pandemic a big socially distant salute on the way out.  Congrats grads for sure.

Boise State plans to host three in-person commencement ceremonies this weekend to celebrate the class of 2021.  And they're invited last year's graduates too, who weren't able to attend a live ceremony.  All spring, summer, and winter 2020 graduates were invited to be part of a virtual ceremony last December, and they can also join the in-person ceremony this Friday.

4 p.m. Friday, May 7 - 2020 graduates who have already RSVP'd will be honored in the ceremony that will last about two hours.  Doors open at 2 pm for graduates, and for guests at 3 pm.  Guests will have assigned seats

10 a.m. Saturday, May 8 - The ceremony for 2021 graduates from the College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Health Sciences, and College of Innovation and Design. The ceremony will last about two hours, and each graduate will get four tickets for guests.

4 p.m. Saturday, May 8 - The ceremony for 2021 graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, and School of Public Service.  The ceremony will last about two hours, and each graduate will get four tickets for guests.

Albertsons Stadium doors open at 9 a.m. for the morning ceremony on Saturday, and at 3 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony.  Seats will be assigned for those ceremonies too.

If you can't make it to the ceremonies, Boise State said they will stream them live, and they'll make recordings available in the days after graduation too.

There will be photo ops around campus after the commencement ceremonies, the weather looks chilly but sunny so hair and makeup will stay intact.  Congrats grads!  For so many reasons.

Rose Garden at Julia Davis Park