NIC Commencement announcement

We are pleased to announce our 2017 Commencement speaker as Charles Manning. Manning is the founder and CEO of Sandpoint-based Kochava, the leading mobile attribution analytics platform serving tier-one advertisers Charles Manningworldwide. For nearly 20 years, Manning has been creating technologies that use data for system optimization, ranging from business service management to information technology to attribution analytics. Manning began his career at Oracle and later held executive and C-Level positions at M-Code, Managed Objects, and PLAYXPERT.

Prior to founding Kochava, Manning founded PLAYXPERT, which started as a gaming technology platform. After licensing the PLAYXPERT technology to Razer, he built a team that focused its time on building engagement platforms for entrepreneurs and agencies. Upon realizing that there were no standard platforms that provided attribution or post-install analytics that were worth a darn in mobile -- Manning and his team built one, and Kochava was born. The Kochava technology is now integrated with more than 2,500 publishers and is trusted by hundreds of brands including the biggest names in mobile gaming, news and media, and consumer goods. Read more about Manning in Forbes Magazine here.

- Chantel Black 

Commencement 2017

7:30 a.m. Activities begin with breakfast being served in the SUB Dining Room for all employees. Faculty and staff appreciation awards will be presented at the breakfast.

9:30 a.m. Board members, administrators, division chairs, and faculty will gather in the southwest foyer of Boswell Hall. More details on procession/ceremony procedures are available here.

9:45 a.m. All faculty and staff who are not part of the Commencement ceremony are encouraged to come out of their offices and line Garden Avenue to congratulate graduates and cheer for them as the processional travels between Boswell Hall and Christianson Gym. Communications and Marketing will be providing pennants and pompons on the tables during breakfast.

10 a.m. The Commencement Ceremony will be held in Christianson Gym. About 250 graduation candidates are expected to walk this year out of about 950 eligible for graduation. 

Only guests with a ticket will be admitted to the ceremony. Candidates for graduation should pick up their regalia and three guest tickets at the Mica Peak Exchange bookstore now through May 10. Any extra tickets will be given on a first-come, first-served basis on Thursday, May 11, beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the Registrar's Office.

Guests are encouraged to arrive early for seating and parking. Campus streets will close down at 9:45 a.m. for the processional. Parking permits will not be needed the day of commencement. Portions of College Drive from Garden Avenue south to McLain Hall will be closed for additional disabled parking. Those needing special accommodations should call NIC Disability Support Services at 769-5947. 

DVDs of the ceremony will be available for $20 each following the ceremony by calling Andy Finney at 769-3266 or

Graduates, friends and families are invited to a reception sponsored by the NIC Alumni Association honoring this year's graduates immediately following the Commencement ceremony in the plaza between the gym and SUB, which will include an all-class photo that will be posted to the NIC Flickr account at

Information: Chantel Black at 769-3330 or

Posted: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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