I'm wondering if I should attend the graduation or not.. Anyone from Washington DC area is attending? If I come, I would travel by myself since I have two little kids and it would be too crazy to take them with me. I need your advice. Should I go or not??? I missed my college graduation due to death in the family. I'm not from US, so I never really attended any graduation and I don't know what to expect.
If you can attend you should. You put a lot of time and work into it. Also, if you do come alone, my family is planning on going to lunch afterwards and you are more than welcome to join us. I am sure we could meet up somewhere. Just a thought!
I also REALLY wanted to go to graduation. I am also from MD/DC area, and have never been out to that side of the country. Unfortunately, flights are pretty expensive so I ended up deciding not to go. I think I am regretting this decision already.
I would really LOVE to meet some of my professors and classmates in person. If you decide not to go, maybe we could meet up in DC for dinner/drinks and celebrate with each other! Anyone else?
Aw, I like Sarah's idea. I'm over in Oregon, but decided not to attend. I attended my undergraduate graduation and if you haven't gone through that before, you should at least find a way to celebrate . Last year they streamed the ceremony live, so you could watch that. I'm still thinking about buying graduation regalia and hanging out in my living room w/ the livestream .
If you have never attended ceremonies, you should - if you can afford to. My son did not attend undergraduate or masters graduation - just didn't want to. When he got PhD, I insisted he attend! His wife, kids and family needed for him to. He did, and I think he was glad. (Although he is too stubborn to admit it.) We had party afterward. His preschool teacher and his third grade teacher and his high school principal came to the party. Really special!
I will be attending graduation, flying out from Massachusetts. My wife, sister, and parents are coming along. I've never been to Boise, and am excited to explore it. I have two questions that I hope someone can answer:
1) What is the best way to get a cap/gown/color scarf? Should I order it online and have it shipped to Mass, and then bring it in the plane, or is there a way I could order it and pick it up locally?
2) Can you recommend a couple of good places to eat? Ideally, I'd like one "nice" restaurant, and one good brewpub.
I live in Boise. One of my favorite 'nice' restaurants is Barbacoa. They have amazing guacamole that they make at your table. Dinner runs between 20-40. Appetizers are about 10. I have heard really good things about Fork, a restaurant downtown. Boise Fry Company has beef and bison burgers with several different types of potatoes and dipping sauces. Goldy's is the breakfast hotspot on the weekends. If you like Basque food, Bar Grenika has great food, including croquettes.
Hope this helps. I am getting my cap and gown from the bookstore. I plan on heading there this weekend. Boise is a beautiful city and I am glad you are coming! See you at graduation.
The Fork- definately. I was there in December with my kids and Husband for a visit from Tucson. We will be headed there again for my December graduation. They have great food, wine, and kids food. However, we arrived by 5 and were given a table, but with the condition we would be done in one hour. The place filled up with reservations so I would recommend calling way in advance!
I didn't see where anyone had responded to your request for information on purchasing regalia. You may purchase the regalia and have it shipped to your home or you may pick it up at the Bookstore on the BSU Campus, whichever you feel more comfortable with. Here's the link to the Bookstore wepage that you need: http://www.boisestatebooks.com/graduation.asp.
I'm really happy you're coming; Boise is a beautiful city, with a gorgeous, clean river that runs alongside the campus and is particularly beautiful in mid-May (I'm not so enthused about December!). Whether May or December, the ceremony is very rich and inviting. I attended in 2007 when I got my Masters and was extremely happy that I had gone.
We'll look forward to meeting you in person along with your family!
Never went to either of my undergrad graduations (and I lived lesson than an hour away from both schools). But, my plan is that in May 2015, I will be in Boise for my graduation. I would much prefer if it was held on the Smurf Turf, since that is the reason I chose Boise State. Okay, not THE reason. I was looking for an MET program, but I looked at Boise State without knowing if they had such a program because of the Smurf Turf. When I saw they did (and the tuition was less then the amount my work will reimburse), I looked no further. Hopefully, I can get a tour when I get out there that includes walking on the Holy Grail of football fields. Anyone close friends with Coach Peterson???
Anyways, despite never having been there, I would recommend going if you can afford it and have the time.
Congratulations on your achievement.
You're definitely not the only one who would love to have some close-up time with the Blue Turf! It really is a neat experience, having taken grandkids to an Easter egg "hunt" on the Blue recently. I have contacted the University about conducting tours of the field, but, for now, the only alternative is to visit the Allen Noble Hall of Fame near the southwest entrance to the stadium on the Friday before commencement. The Hall of Fame is full of memorabilia and offers great views of the blue turf. The Hall of Famgallery is open during regular work day hours (such as the Friday before Commencement), but visitors should check with the Bronco Athletic Association (208 426-3556 firstname.lastname@example.org) before making any plans.
I'll check with the BAA to see if there is any likelihood that the Allen Noble Hall of Fame would be closed for any reason on the Friday before Commencement and will let you know.
I graduated last December and live in the Seattle area. It was well worth the trip. We flew in then rented a car and stayed at The Best Western Plus Northwestern Lodge. Its out east of town on the interstate, but easy 10 min drive to campus. There are a few hotels in downtown Boise as well, its not a huge city, so its easy to get around in.
We always look up restaurants on Flavortown, Guy Fieri's site for places he's featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. So we found Bar Gernicka with authentic Basque food. You have to try the Croquetas!!
We also ate at The Ha' Penny Bridge Pub in downtown Boise. The burgers and sandwiches were great!
After graduation we ate at the Bittercreek Alehouse. It would be great for dinner, too!
Addies provided us a wonderful full breakfast including biscuits and gravy. AND while we were eating the waitress told us that someone had paid for our meal!! What a great surprise!
Goldy's was another breakfast spot for us that was recommended by Guy Fieri!! It was super busy and we had to wait in the adjoing cafe for a table!!
During our long weekend we also attended an Idaho Steelheads Hockey Game and shopped at a great place, Green Chutes Artist Co-op, where local artist sold their art: photography, jewelry, paintings, abstract art, repurposed wood works, etc.
We thoroughly enjoyed our long weekend in Boise and hope to return there for a vacation during the summer months. There is a lot of outdoor recreation available and a beautiful river that flows through the middle of town with biking/walking/running trails and parks. Boise also has a zoo, but we didn't carve out enough extra time for that either!!
Hope that helps!! Its well worth it. Boise has much to do besides just tour the campus. Its a beautiful city with a thriving downtown area.
Tammy, MET-Dec 2012
I am from the DC area but can not go. I think it would be neat to have a virtual graduation sometime!
Thank you, all! Well, the reason I probably won't be able to attend is that I have two little kids (one is 2.5 years old and another 6 months) and it would be really hard to fly with them. They are too small to attend the graduation and it would be just too much hassle. And I cannot leave the baby at home and fly by myself since I still nurse him. So there is really no easy solution to this.
Actually, I like that idea to meet with those living in DC/MD area and celebrate together! If anyone is interested, we can make it happen. We can even watch the graduation online together and just try to imagine that we are there..
Michaela (and other MD/DC/VA/east coasters),
I would really love to get together on Sat. May 18th in a central location to celebrate/(watch?) graduation! Like I said before, I was really hoping to make the trip to Boise, but logistically it just didn't work out. However, I would LOVE to meet some other classmates in from this area who are in the same boat. I don't have a problem coordinating details, so just send me an email and let me know if you interested. We could make it family friendly or more of an adult social - whatever works for everyone! Looking forward to hearing from (and hopefully meeting) some of the Class of 2013!