Commencement Information

University of Montana Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremony Information
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Adams Center



No tickets are required for the main ceremony, though the student may be asked to RSVP with an approximate number of family and guests expected to attend. 

Commencement Ceremony - Caps and Gowns
Order graduation regalia and other items through the Oak Hall Cap & Gown web page.
Grad Days 2018 at the UM Bookstore are March 20, 21, 22

*IMPORTANT* 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.



Commencement Ceremony FAQ

If you graduated Summer or Autumn 2017 or if you will be graduating Spring 2018 or Summer 2018 you may walk during the 2018 Commencement ceremony. No RSVP is required.
The Central Commencement Ceremonies will be approximately 2 hour 15 minutes long. 
It is open seating, i.e. no tickets required. Please be aware that guest seating may be limited. Seating is first come first seated. 
All of the information in the packet is on the Registrar's graduation webpage.
You will receive a blue card with your cap and gown that you will present at the ceremony from which your name is called.
You can get a blue card before the Central Ceremonies from a volunteer or from the information table. They will also be available when you pick up your regalia at the Bookstore.
Applications received after the bulletin went to print did not make the publication. This in no way indicates you will not graduate if you successfully complete your courses and file the correct paperwork. If you are graduating Autumn 2018 or later, but opted to walk this Spring, your name will appear in the Spring 2019 bulletin.
At the Central Ceremonies your name will be called from the blue card and you will walk across the stage to receive your diploma case.
Graduates from the prior summer, prior autumn , current spring, and future summer semesters are all eligilbe during the spring Commencement ceremony. Graduates from future semesters, may walk but are not listed in the Commencement bulletin until next year.


Diplomas for fall graduates will be mailed the in February. Diplomas will be mailed in July for all spring graduates. Summer diplomas are mailed in September.
Your diploma is mailed to the address you indicated on your graduation application. To update the address for your diploma please call the Graduation Coordinators (243-2421 or 243-2422). Updating your mailing address in CyberBear does not change your diploma mailing address. It is costly to reorder missing diplomas please be sure your address is correct with the Graduations Office.

Disability and Health Concerns

There are parking areas that honor existing parking decals. There will be golf carts circulating on campus to offer rides to people. Information regarding disability accommodations can be found on the Disability Services for Students website.
Information regarding disability accommodations can be found on the Disability Services for Students website.


Parking is available on campus and in the adjacent neighborhoods. There will also be buses running from the Park N' Ride lots per this bus schedule. Please refer to the Parking Information section.


A commercial photographer will be taking photographs at the Central Ceremonies, but guests are also welcome to take pictures.

If your GPA is above a 3.4 you receive Honors and wear a silver cord. If your GPA is above a 3.7 you receive High Honors and wear a gold cord. High Honors requires the approval of your major department. Be aware that we do consider your transfer GPA when awarding Honors designations. If you are unsure call a Graduation Coordinator (243-2421 or 243-2422).
The honors designations in the commencement bulletin are printed according to Autumn GPAs, but if you feel sure that you will achieve the designation feel free to wear the cord you anticipate getting.
There is no set dress code. Please plan for Montana weather in May, which could be just about anything. Consider wearing appropriate footwear. The march to the Adams Center is long and sometimes over uneven surfaces.
Several venues will be available during the day of Commencement, including the Adams Center and the University Center.
Please contact Oak Hall Cap & Gown.