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Graduating students at their commencement ceremony, wearing caps and gowns

CSI Commencement Ceremony

Commencement is the graduation ceremony. It is an opportunity for graduating CSI students to celebrate their accomplishments with parents and friends.

Students who choose to "walk" at the commencement ceremony will have their efforts and achievements be recognized by college administration and faculty, and will receive a diploma cover. Students are not required to walk in the commencement ceremony, and attendance does not guarantee graduation. Once the student completes all of their graduation requirements, their official diploma will be mailed.

The deadline to RSVP for the May 2022 commencement has passed. If you didn’t RSVP and would like to be considered for participation contact The Office of the Registrar at or 208-732-6795.

RSVP for May 2023 will open January 2023 and those with graduation applications will be invited to RSVP at that time.

2022 Commencement Ceremonies

The College of Southern Idaho will hold four separate commencement ceremonies in 2022. The ceremonies will be Friday May 6th at 9:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and they will be held at the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium.

Graduates will be assigned to one of the ceremony times based on their graduating major. The graduating student will be notified of the assigned ceremony in mid-April.

Guest tickets will be provided for all in-person attendees at each ceremony. Those interested in attending in person must secure a guest ticket from a CSI graduate which will be distributed to graduates only. If you have questions concerning commencement, please contact the Office of the Registrar at

There will be extra overflow seats available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The ceremonies will be live streamed to these overflow rooms.

9:00 am Ceremony

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11:30 am Ceremony

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2:00 pm Ceremony

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4:30 pm Ceremony

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2022 Commencement Speaker - Maxine Bell

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It is our distinct pleasure and honor to have Representative Maxine Bell as our 2022 College of Southern Idaho Commencement Speaker. Representative Bell, a longtime resident of Jerome, Idaho, has led a life devoted to family, to education, and to public service — a life that continues to have a lasting impact on all Idahoans.

Long before her distinguished service in the Idaho Legislature, Maxine worked as a mother, a farmer, and a school librarian. She worked as an active partner with her late husband Jack on the family’s row-crop farm in Jerome until the Bells retired from the day-to-day operation of the farm in 1997. During their time on the farm, Maxine and Jack raised three sons and were active and involved members of the Jerome community. Maxine also returned to school during that time, attending the College of Southern Idaho. This led to her becoming a school librarian in the Jerome School District, a position she held for nine years.

In 1988, Maxine became Representative Maxine Bell with her election to the Idaho House of Representatives representing District 24. That began a 30-year career in Idaho politics. During that time, Representative Bell served as vice-chair of the House Agriculture Committee and served on the House Resources and Conservation committee. During her second term in office she was appointed to the powerful Joint-Finance and Appropriations Committee ( JFAC), eventually rising to become the Co-Chair of JFAC. When Representative Bell retired from the Idaho House of Representatives in 2018, having served 15 terms and 30 years in the Idaho Legislature, she was referred to as the “Most Powerful Woman in Idaho.”

Throughout her time in the Idaho Legislature Representative Bell served as the Chair of the Attaché Committee, as a member of the ad hoc Energy Committee and as a member of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee, which executes performance audits for state agencies. ln 1994, Representative Bell participated in a working trip to Ukraine for the USAID Farmer-to-Farmer Program. Her international networking continued throughout the late 1990s as she conducted workshops for farm women in Saint Petersburg, Kharkiv, and Odessa to assist the Ukrainian Women's Councils. Here in the United States, she also assisted in a fund-raising effort to build a cannery in Ukraine. Representative Bell has served on the Executive Board of the Council of State Governments and is the past chair of the Fiscal Affairs Committee for the Council of State Governments-West, and is also a past chair of both the Fiscal Affairs Committee and the Rural Development Committee for the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Representative Bell is the recipient of numerous awards. She received the Friend of Agriculture award from the Farm Bureau and the Ag All Star award from various farm organizations numerous times. She was awarded an Honorary Degree from the Future Farmers of America in 1991 and was named Legislator of the Year by the Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts in 1992 and again in 1996. ln the fall of 2005 Representative Bell was honored with the President's Medallion by Idaho State University and in 2006 she was named Idaho Legislator of the Year by the Idaho Library Association.

Representative Bell currently serves as a member of the College of Southern Idaho Foundation Board of Directors.