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What's the difference between Graduation and Commencement?

"Graduation" and "Commencement" reflect two different aspects of your academic career. "Graduation" means actually finishing and completely fulfilling your degree requirements resulting in a diploma. In other words, "Graduation" is the technical obtainment of credits to receive a degree.

"Commencement" is the symbolic ceremony marking the closing of your academic career where you receive commendation for your hard work at ISU. It is an opportunity for you, your family, friends, and the Bengal community to celebrate your accomplishment.

How do I apply to graduate? When do I have to apply?

Undergraduate students can apply for graduation via BengalWeb. Click on the "Academic Tools" tab and then "Apply to Graduate" under the Graduation Planning channel.

For undergraduate students, graduation applications must be submitted no later than the Friday of midterm week of the semester in which you plan to graduate, although it is recommended that you submit your application for graduation at least one semester before your anticipated graduation date.

Graduate students should complete the online form during the first two weeks of the semester in which you plan to graduate. Students should have an approved final program of study prior to submitting the application.

How much is the graduation application fee?

All candidates for graduation are required to pay a non–refundable $20.00 graduation fee per application.

Where do I buy my regalia?

Academic regalia (cap and gown) will be available for purchase at the Grad Finale event in early spring. After that time, orders can be placed at the Bookstore or by calling them (208)282-3237. The deadline to order is April 1st. Additionally, you can order class rings and announcements at Grad Finale or online after the event.

Are tickets required for the Commencement ceremony?

Graduates may invite as many guests as they wish. No tickets are required.

Where can I see my commencement photographs?

Ceremony pictures will be taken by Lifetouch Photography and will be available for viewing and purchase at by Friday, May 15, 2015.

When will I get my diploma?

Diplomas will be mailed via first class mail to the address indicated on your graduation application. Diplomas are mailed two to three weeks after your degree has been posted to your transcript, which can take up to five weeks. You will receive an email from letting you know when your degree has been posted and a second email from the diploma vendor (Michael Sutter Company) when your diploma has been mailed.

How can I make sure my diploma will be sent to the correct address?

Notify a Graduation Specialist in the Office of the Registrar of any changes in your diploma mailing address as soon as possible (by May 15th at the latest). Once the information for your diploma is sent to our diploma printing vendor, the mailing address cannot be changed.

Please note: Updating your address in BengalWeb will not change where your diploma is mailed.

What do I do if my diploma is incorrect?

If your diploma is incorrect you should contact Idaho State University's Registrar's office. This can be done one of two ways: 1) by calling (208)282-4874 or 2) by email at

Can I get a replacement copy of my diploma?

Yes, you can order a replacement diploma, or additional copies, for a $20 fee by contacting the Office of the Registrar at or at (208) 282-4874. Once ordered, a replacement diploma will take 5-10 business days.

How do I get an official copy of my transcript?

Graduates can order transcripts online through the National Student Clearinghouse, ISU's authorized transcript provider.

Please note: The cost for an official ISU transcript is $7.50 each, plus any delivery method charges.

How can I stay connected?

Bengals, family and friends are all encouraged to use the hashtag #ISUGrads on any social media platform to see the greatest moments throughout the week. Follow along and add in your own memories to add to the joy of the occasion. Graduates are also encouraged to to join the Alumni Association


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