2018 Spring Commencement Information
University of Montana Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Adams Center
Doors open at 8 am for the Professional Schools Ceremony
Doors open at 1 pm for the Humanities & Sciences/Missoula College Ceremony
FOR THOSE WHO ORDERED VIA THE OAK HALL WEBSITE, SEE THE PICKUP TIMES BELOW
IF YOU DID NOT PRE-ORDER YOUR REGALIA, IT WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR RENT AT THE TIMES BELOW
- Faculty can pick up their regalia orders May 8th, Tuesday, from 8 am to 5 pm at the Adams Center - East Auxiliary Gym
- Students can pick up their regalia orders and graduation name cards May 9th-12th, Wednesday-Saturday, from 8 am to 5 pm at the Adams Center - East Auxiliary Gym
An Invitation from the President
Dear UM Graduate,
It gives me great pleasure to invite you to the 121st Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2018, on the University of Montana campus. This is one of the most exciting days of the year on campus as it’s a time to celebrate you – our graduating students – and your many accomplishments.
There will be two main ceremonies in the Adams Center.
- The 9:30 a.m. ceremony will honor our graduates from the professional schools, including the College of Business, the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, the School of Journalism, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
- The 2:30 p.m. ceremony will honor our graduates from the College of Humanities and Sciences and Missoula College.
The essentially identical ceremonies will run approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. All students will have their names read and will walk across the stage, and all Ph.D. and Ed.D. candidates will be hooded during these ceremonies. In addition, the Deans and Department Chairs have developed a schedule of smaller ceremonies on Friday and Saturday, similar to the departmental ceremonies held in past years, for more personalized recognition of our graduates. Please note that the official conferral of degrees and distribution of diploma covers will take place at the ceremonies in the Adams Center. The smaller events are meant to be supplemental celebrations.
I will host a small gathering in The Payne Family Native American Center at 8:00 a.m. (prior to the morning ceremony) and at 1:00 p.m. (prior to the afternoon ceremony). These events are for our graduates and their families. No RSVP is needed. Graduates will then be asked to line up on the Oval at 8:30 a.m. for the morning ceremony and at 1:30 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony.
The University of Montana welcomes all participants and guests to the 2018 Commencement ceremony. We offer open seating for families and friends, with no tickets or reservations needed for any of the events. The Adams Center has accessible seating available for our guests. In addition, we have arranged for an American Sign Language interpreter to be present at the ceremonies in the Adams Center and will caption the video streams. We have a limited number of Assistive Listening Devices available at the various ceremony venues. Make arrangements to borrow these devices by calling 406.243.2243 before 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 11 or on Saturday, May 12, with a sound technician or representative at the specific venue. If you or a family member require an accommodation to attend the Commencement ceremonies or have questions, please contact Disability Services at 406.243.2243.
I hope to see you at Commencement on May 12th. Please plan to remain throughout the ceremony and respect the policy prohibiting alcoholic beverages on University property. Please wear the traditional cap and gown, with Native American apparel and dress military uniforms as appropriate substitutions. For more information on Commencement, please visit the Graduation page on the Registrar’s Office website.
Congratulations to the UM Class of 2018 – I am proud of you!
Seth Bodnar, President
Want to know where to line up on the Oval?
Here is a map of where to line up for the procession from the Oval to the Adams Center.
Individual Ceremonies and Receptions
RSVP and Ticketing
The RSVP website is available. This site will allow you to select the ceremony you plan to attend and record the pronunciation of your name. No tickets are required for the main ceremonies.
Updating your Diploma Mailing Address
If you need to update your diploma mailing address (from the address indicated on your original graduation application) please call (406) 243-2421 or (406) 243-2422. Updating your address on CyberBear does not affect your diploma mailing address.
GradImages, commercial photographer, will be taking photographs at the Central Ceremonies, but guests are also welcome to take pictures. Images will be available of each student at the GradImages website, and proofs will be sent to each graduate the week after the ceremonies.
Vendors will be onsite to sell bouquets the day of the ceremonies. You can also preorder flowers for your graduate at the following link: https://www.thecommencementgroup.com/montana/