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 




  1. Faculty can pick up their regalia orders May 8th, Tuesday, from 8 am to 5 pm at the Adams Center - East Auxiliary Gym
  2.  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
 Marching Order



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.  

Professional School Ceremony (morning)

Humanties & Sciences / Missoula College (afternoon)

Individual Ceremonies and Receptions

For individual ceremonies and receptions scheduling information, here is the downloadable individual ceremonies and receptions schedule.

Additional Information

 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.

Commencement Flowers

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/

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 Commencement Information webpage.
You will receive a name card with your cap and gown that you will present at the ceremony, from which your name is called.
You can get a name card before the Central Ceremonies 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 name card and you will walk across the stage to receive your diploma case.
Graduates from the prior summer, prior autumn, current spring and summer semesters are all eligible during the spring Commencement ceremony. Graduates from future semesters, may walk only under special circumstances.


Diplomas for fall graduates will be mailed 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

Golf cart rides for people requiring mobility assistance on campus are available on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.  Call 406-243-2300 to request a ride.  Please allow extra time when requesting a cart, as they may be busy transporting someone when you call.   (Rides cannot be reserved ahead of time.) 

There are parking areas that honor existing parking decals.  If you are attending a ceremony or reception on campus Saturday evening, you should park near the venue. 

Further information regarding disability accommodations can be found on the Disability Services for Students website.  There will also be buses running from the Park N' Ride lots per this bus schedule.

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


Parking is free and available campus wide as well as in the adjacent neighborhoods. There will also be buses running from the Park N' Ride lots per this bus schedule. Please refer to the Commencement Day Parking and Traffic Flow Information Map.

In order to accommodate parking around the Adams Center for both the morning and afternoon ceremonies, we encourage those people who are attending other ceremonies and receptions or plan to stay on Campus for the day, to park near the appropriate buildings where the secondary ceremonies are being held.  The parking map has highlighted those venues. Golf cart rides are available for people that need mobility assistance around the Campus.  Please refer to Disability and Health Concerns for more information.

 If you are visiting campus on Friday, May 11th, Decal lots will be available for parking without a permit.  Hourly pay lots will be free after noon on Friday.

There will be buses running from the Park N' Ride lots per this bus schedule.  
  • ASUM Bus Transportation:  Free, Frequent & ADA Accessible.
  • Busses will run all day from 7:00am – 7:15pm
  • South campus services will run every 5-7 minutes.
  • Missoula College services will run every 8-10 minutes.


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.

Graduates may be awarded honors with their certificates, associate, and bachelor degrees based on their cumulative University of Montana-Missoula (UM) grade point average (GPA) meeting one of the following criteria:
1. Cum laude (Honors): All undergraduate students shall graduate cum laude (with honors) when their cumulative UM GPA meets or exceeds 3.40.
2. Magna cum laude (High Honors): Departments and programs may stipulate additional requirements and then recommend students for graduation magna cum laude (high honors) when the cumulative UM GPA meets or exceeds 3.70.
3. Summa cum laude (Highest Honors): Departments and programs may stipulate additional requirements and then recommend students for graduation summa cum laude (with highest honors) when their UM GPA meets or exceeds 3.90
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 receiving.
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.