In-Person UM Commencement Set for May 1

MISSOULA – The University of Montana will celebrate the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 with two in-person, socially distanced Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 1, in Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

UM will hold two Commencement ceremonies. The 9 a.m. ceremony will be for students in the:

  • College of Humanities & Sciences
  • College of Business
  • W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation

The 2 p.m. ceremony will be for students in the:

  • Phyllis J. Washington College of Education
  • College of Health
  • College of the Arts and Media
  • Missoula College
  • Master of Public Administration program.

Students and faculty members participating in the 9 a.m. ceremony should line up on the Oval at 8 a.m. Those participating in the 2 p.m. ceremony should line up on the Oval at 1 p.m.

Guest Tickets

Because of COVID-19 mitigation efforts, only students who RSVP’d and their invited guests are allowed to attend Commencement ceremonies this year. Each graduating student is limited to eight guests. All attendees will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing. 

Students must log into their personal account on MarchingOrder to claim their guest tickets. Students may print their guest tickets, receive them electronically and/or send them to their invited guests. Seating is general assignment and groups of up to eight guests will be able to sit together if they wish to do so.

Parking and Shuttles

Parking on campus is free on Commencement Day. Reserved parking spots are open to all Commencement guests. Please do not park in Handicap Parking unless authorized to do so. Quick Stop Parking spots are for 20 minutes or less.

ASUM Transportation will provide free shuttles between South Campus and the Music Building from 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturday, May 1. Shuttles run every 30 minutes. Find a shuttle schedule and map here.

After the Ceremony

At the conclusion of each ceremony, graduates will recess out of the stadium the same way they came in. Graduates and guests shoulw make a plan to meet outside the stadium and please remain mindful of social distancing between groups. 

Livestream Available

A livestream of UM Commencement will be available at

Honorary Doctorates

William “Bill” Franke will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Business. He will be the Commencement speaker for the 9 a.m. ceremony.

The late Bonnie HeavyRunner, a tribal court judge and staunch advocate for Native American causes, will receive a posthumous Honorary Doctorate of Law. Aislinn Roux, a three-time UM graduate and daughter of Bonnie HeavyRunner, will be the speaker for the 2 p.m. ceremony.

For more information, visit the about spring 2021 Commencement website. Email any questions to


Contact: Maria Mangold, UM registrar, 406-243-2412,