UM to Celebrate Graduates at Dec. 15 Fall Commencement Ceremony

MISSOULA – The University of Montana will celebrate over 200 degree candidates who make up the fall class of 2023 during its Commencement celebration on Friday, Dec. 15.

The University will host the on-campus ceremony at 2 p.m. in the Adams Center.

“We are thrilled to close out the semester by celebrating our fall graduates,” said UM President Seth Bodnar. “These students have worked hard to earn this great achievement, and our entire UM community is excited to honor their efforts. It has been a tremendous fall on our campus, and that is in large part due to our students who keep persevering to reach their full potential.”

During the ceremony, UM will present an honorary doctorate to Mae Nan Ellingson. Ellingson was a delegate to the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention, where she led proposals for the state’s Declaration of Rights, which includes equal rights for women and the right to privacy for every Montanan.

Guests attending the ceremony do not need tickets. Parking will be free, and UDASH buses will run as part of their regular Friday schedule.

UM will provide additional ADA parking spaces and seating areas for the ceremony. Other accessible accommodations are available on a first-come basis. Please arrive early if accessible accommodations are needed. Attendees in need of other accessibility accommodations can email Brandon Kress in the Adams Center at or call 406-243-5357. Visit the Accessibility and Special Accommodations page for more information.

The public also can livestream the event on the Fall 2023 Commencement website.

For more information visit 2023 Fall Commencement or email questions to


Contact: Dave Kuntz, UM director of strategic communications, 406-243-5659,