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CWI Commencement 2019

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!


Event Information

This is College of Western Idaho's 10th Annual Commencement Ceremony. Your hard work and dedication has brought you to this point and we are very excited to be able to celebrate this achievement with you.




Click Here for an interactive Boise State University campus map.  Taco Bell Arena encourages patrons to allow at least 45 minutes to park and access Taco Bell Arena.

Parking will be available in the parking lots located around Bronco Stadium and the Taco Bell Arena, as well as parking garages on campus.


Accessible Parking Information:

Designated parking is available for guests with accessible needs.  Accessible parking will be available in the Arena Lot located on the corner of University Dr. and Bronco Circle.

Additional accessible parking will also be available in the Lincoln Garage off of Belmont Street and Lincoln St.  These spaces are designated for vehicles displaying a current state-issued accessible placard or license plate. 

A free event shuttle that will accommodate patrons with accessible needs will be available to Taco Bell Arena from Lincoln Garage.  Accessible spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis so please plan accordingly. 


Arena Accessibility Information: 
Taco Bell Arena is equipped with elevators at Entrances 1 and 2  that access all public areas of the arena. Should you require a wheelchair escort or other special assistance in reaching your seat, please see any Guest Service staff member. There is also an ADA entrance lane at each open entrance; this lane is on the right-hand side of the identified lanes.

Complimentary Assistive Listening Devices and Sensory Bags are available.  Please see any Guest Service staff member to request a device bag. Sensory Bags are available in each lobby, as well as the Guest Services locations. 

All restrooms facilities at Taco Bell Arena are equipped to accommodate guests with accessible needs.



Entrances 1 and 2 will be open. Elevators are located inside both Entrances 1 and 2. 


Permitted Items

Water as well as marked coffee and tea will be allowed through the entrances. Small food items will also be allowed at the entrances, but subject to discretion based on quantity.

Water containers such as hydroflasks, if empty, will be permitted for this event.



Food and beverage will be available for purchase inside the Arena on the Parquet Concourse.



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Photo Policy

Small personal cameras will be permitted.  No professional cameras or cameras with detachable lenses, video or audio recorders will be allowed inside the Arena. 


Cell Phone Etiquette

Please put all cell phones on silent and refrain from cell phone use that causes the display screen to light up.  As a courtesy for those around you, please exit to a lobby to use your phone.


Hearing Protection & Assistance

Upon request, complimentary earplugs are available from all Guest Services Staff and the Guest Services location in sections 39 and 40 on Level 2 Mezzanine upon request.

Taco Bell Arena also has assisted listening devices. If you would like to use one to improve your event experience, please contact a Guest Services staff member.



Taco Bell Arena continually strives to improve their commitment to the protection of the environment and enhancing the patron experience. To make the decision to recycle easier, Taco Bell Arena has trash and recycling bins throughout the concourses. Acceptable recycling items are empty plastic bottles, empty plastic cups, paper candy boxes, aluminum cans, and clean paper. Everything else should be put into the trash bin. Please help Taco Bell Arena by recycling the acceptable items in a recycling bin near you!


Non-permitted Items; failure to comply will subject you to ejection from the building

All guests entering the arena are subject to a walk-through metal-detector screening, visual inspection, and bag inspection conducted by Taco Bell Arena security personnel. Prohibited items include anything that can be deemed a threat to public safety by Taco Bell Arena and include but are not limited to:

No professional cameras Video recording or streaming devices, iPads, Google Glass, Drones, Selfie-sticks Large bags or backpacks Weapons of any kid including chains, spikes, collars, some jewelry or any implement that could be used as a weapon Fireworks/pyrotechnics, air horns Laser pointers, glow sticks, or flash bulbs Controlled substances

*All dates, times and show information are subject to change without notice.


Check in and Name Cards:  

Graduate check in time is starting at 5:30 lasting until 6:30 pm.

Graduates will enter through lobby 3 and family and friends will enter through lobbies 1 and 2; lobbies 1 and 2 will open to the public at 6:00 pm.  

Due to increased security measures, attendees are encouraged to arrive early and well before the ceremony start time of 7:00 p.m.

There will be signs that will direct graduates to a designated area to pick up their name cards; graduates MUST have a name card in order to participate in the ceremony.



Instructions and Line-up:

Ceremony instructions and graduate line up will start promptly at 6:30 pm. so that the ceremony can start on time at 7:00 pm.



Directions & Parking:

All reserved and metered parking lots will be free for commencement patrons. Like most events held in the Taco Bell Arena, parking lots other than the Stadium may need to be used.

Because of the limitation of acessible parking, family and friends who cannot walk a distance can be dropped off at the front of arena. Entrance 1 or 2 of the Taco Bell Arena have elevators available if family or friends cannot climb stairs.


  Metal Detector Screenings:

For your safety, all guests entering Taco Bell Arena are subject to a metal-detector screening, visual inspection, and bag inspection conducted by Arena security personnel. Prohibited items are not allowed in the Arena and include anything that can be deemed a threat to public safety.  To speed up the screening process, please leave these items at home or in your car. Additionally, remove your cell phone and larger metal objects from your pockets.  Belts and belt buckles do not need to be removed.  If you have a medical condition that prevents you from being able to go through the metal detection process, please use the Accessible entry lane on the far right side and notify staff. 

Doors open at 6:00 pm. Please arrive early to allow additional time for the security screening process.  


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  • Fri, May 17, 2019
  • 7:00 PM
  • No tickets required. This event is free to the public. A Walk-through Metal Detector Screening will occur at the entry points for all guests.