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Return to Taco Bell Arena irks some BSU grads and families

A plan to return Boise State University's commencement from Albertsons Stadium to Taco Bell area this spring is getting push back from some BSU students and families. (KBOI Photo)

A plan to return Boise State University's commencement from Albertsons Stadium to Taco Bell area this spring is getting push back from some BSU students and families.

They say the return to the much smaller venue so close to graduation means their family and friends who've already made travel plans might not get into the ceremony.

In a press release, BSU says the return to Taco Bell Arena is prompted by the prospect of bad weather which could force the outright cancellation of the ceremony altogether, if it were held outside.

Over 1,650 students and their guests are expected to participate in Boise State University’s 102nd Commencement ceremony May 5, according to the university website.

A spokesman for BSU says the university has been hearing from concerned families who were looking forward to the graduation being held at the stadium.

And so have we.

"This decision by the University is irresponsible and disappointing," one graduating student told KBOI 2News in an email.

Boise State says each graduate will be allotted five tickets for the arena to ensure all students have the chance for chosen family and friends to attend the ceremony in person.

And BSU says there will be no limit to access the festivities and viewing rooms in the Student Union Building.

The university says when the ceremony was last held at the stadium tickets were on a first come, first serve basis and there was still viewing in the student union.

Boise State also says it's possible not all students will need all of their five tickets so those could be added to accomodates others.

The university urges students to look for details online and at the registrars office.

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