Record Number of Degrees to be Awarded Saturday


Boise State is poised to hand out more than 2,400 degrees and certificates to its largest graduating class to date Saturday.

Taco Bell Arena is expected to be packed with friends, family, and students (and unrelated but nevertheless enthusiastic Bronco Nation fans) set to cheer on a sea of caps and gowns at Boise State's 90th commencement ceremony.

Saturday's graduation will honor more than 2,200 students, including 237 cum laude, 132 magna cum laude, and 26 summa cum laude grads. George Fenton of Post Falls, who pulled down a 4.0 cumulative grade point average, will be this year's student speaker.

Boise State wears its nontraditional demographic on its sleeve, and this year's ceremony has a few good examples: Christie Traylor earned her Masters degree in Bilingual Education while raising three daughters and working multiple jobs. Sisters Linda Deneher and Susan Ferdon will each be awarded a Masters in Education Technology, which they completed through Boise State’s distance learning program. Dehener lives in Califronia and Ferdon lives in Illinois.

Saturday's ceremony gets under way at 10 a.m.