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CSI Coronavirus and CARES Act Information CLOSE ALERT

CSI Commencement Ceremony

It is with deep sadness, that the College of Southern Idaho announces the cancelation of the May 2020, Commencement Ceremonies. On March 16, 2020, the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare, based on guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), released Guidance for Mass Gatherings and Public Events in Idaho, which recommends the cancelation of gatherings which will consist of 50 or more people, may expose high-risk populations or will draw audiences from communities with confirmed community spread of COVID-19. These guidelines are recommended for the next 8 weeks. The CSI commencement ceremonies meet all of the above-listed CDC criteria and are within the 8-week window.


We understand how disappointing this decision is for our students, faculty, staff, and families who have worked tirelessly to reach this achievement. This decision was not made lightly, but ultimately the health and safety of our campus community and their families must be paramount. Please rest assured, while the ceremony may not happen, earned degrees and certificates will still be awarded once the semester has concluded. Student transcripts will reflect earned degrees and certificates as soon as they are conferred. Diplomas will be mailed to students approximately six to eight weeks after the end of the term. The CSI Office of the Registrar will also send each graduate a diploma cover and tassel in celebration of their accomplishments. Finally, in December 2019, and May 2020, graduates will be invited to participate in a future ceremony.


All questions and concerns about graduation and commencement should be referred to the CSI Registrar, Dr. Michele McFarlane, at mmcfarlane@csi.edu or 208.732.6304. To aid in the celebration of graduation, the Bookstore will be selling discounted custom graduation announcements along with free shipping. You will be able to purchase these announcements through the CSI bookstore website www.bookstore.csi.edu in the near future. In the meantime, you can contact the Bookstore at CSIBookstore@csi.edu.