Commencement FAQ

Commencement Ceremony 

How do I sign up to walk?

If you graduated summer or autumn 2015 or if you will be graduating spring 2016 or summer 2016 you may walk during the 2015 Commencement ceremony. No RSVP is required.

How long will the ceremonies last?

The Central Commencement Ceremony will be approximately 1 hour 15 minutes long. Individual ceremonies may vary in length but will be approximately one hour in duration.

How many guests can I bring?

It is open seating, i.e. no tickets required. Please be aware that guest seating may be limited at your individual ceremony due to smaller venues. Seating is first come first seated. 

I did not receive the "packet" of graduation information, how can I get that information?

All of the information in the packet is on the Registrar's graduation webpage.

How will they know to call my name at my individual ceremony?

You will receive a blue card with your cap and gown that you will present at your individual ceremony from which your name is called.

I do not have a blue card.  Where can I get another?

You can get a blue card before the Central Ceremony from a volunteer or from the information table. They will also be available at your individual ceremony.

My name is not in the bulletin and I have applied to graduate in Spring or Summer 2016?

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 2016 or later, but opted to walk this Spring, your name will appear in the Spring 2017 bulletin.

When do I actually "cross the stage" or have my name called?

At your individual ceremony your name will be called from the blue card and you will walk across the stage to receive your diploma case.

Who "walks" in the Spring Ceremony?

Graduates from summer 2015, autumn 2015, spring 2016, and summer 2016 walk during the spring 2016 Commencement ceremony. Graduates from other semesters, for example autumn 2016, may walk but are not listed in the Commencement bulletin until next year.


My diploma case is empty...when do I get my diploma?

Diplomas for fall graduates will be mailed the first week in April. Diplomas will be mailed in late August for all spring graduates. Summer diplomas are mailed in November.

To what address is my diploma mailed?

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 

I have a guest that has a hard time walking (or other mobility issues), how can they get to the Central Ceremony?

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.

I have a guest that is hard of hearing, will there be "assistive listening devices" available?

Information regarding disability accommodations can be found on the Disability Services for Students website.

Individual Ceremonies

How do I know where my individual ceremony is located?

The individual ceremony locations can be located in the Commencement Brochure. Please view the Commencement brochure in the Commencement Information section. On the day of commencement the buildings will be marked with signs indicating what ceremony is located there.


Where can cars park for graduation?

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.


Are professional photographers available at the ceremonies?

A commercial photographer will no be taking photographs at the individual ceremonies, but guests are welcome to take pictures.

How do I know if I qualify for Honors or High Honors (undergraduate degrees only)?

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).

What if I think I will get Honors or High Honors with my spring 2016 grades?

The honors designations in the commencement bulletin are printed according to Autumn 2015 GPAs, but if you feel sure that you will achieve the designation feel free to wear the cord you anticipate getting.

What is the dress code?

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 stadium is long and sometimes over uneven surfaces.

What if it rains?

The Central Commencement Ceremony will be held in Washington-Grizzly Stadium unless the weather conditions are severe or dangerous. The ceremony will be streamed live to the following buildings if guests want to be indoors. (see below).


The Central Commencement Ceremony will be broadcast live via the Internet on campus, and may be viewed in the following classrooms:

North Underground Lecture Hall

Urey Lecture Hall

Charles Clapp 131

Chemistry 123

Liberal Arts 11

Social Science 352

Social Science 356

McGill Hall 210

University Center Theater

Where on Campus can refreshments, food and drink, be purchased?

Several venues will be available during the day of Commencement, including Washington Grizzly Stadium, the Adams Center, the University Center.

How do I order my cap, gown, tassel, honor cords, announcements, etc?

Please contact the Bookstore .