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
FOR THOSE WHO ORDERED VIA THE OAK HALL WEBSITE, SEE THE PICKUP TIMES BELOW
IF YOU DID NOT PRE-ORDER YOUR REGALIA, IT WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR RENT AT THE TIMES BELOW
- Faculty can pick up their regalia orders May 8th, Tuesday, from 8 am to 5 pm at the Adams Center - East Auxiliary Gym
- 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
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
9:30 a.m. - Professional Schools
College of Visual and Peforming Arts:
Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences:
College of Business:
W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation:
School of Journalism:
College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences:
2:30 p.m. - Humanities & Sciences and Missoula College
College of Humanities and Sciences:
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Global Humanities and Religions
Interdisciplinary Studies Doctoral
Latin American Studies
Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
Native American Studies
Physics and Astronomy
Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies
Here is a map of where to line up for the procession from the Oval to the Adams Center.
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.
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
How do I sign up to walk?
How long will the ceremonies last?
How many guests can I bring?
I did not receive the "packet" of graduation information, how can I get that information?
How will they know to call my name at the ceremony?
I do not have a name card. Where can I get another?
My name is not in the bulletin and I have applied to graduate in Spring or Summer 2018?
When do I actually "cross the stage" or have my name called?
Who "walks" in the Spring Ceremony?
My diploma case is empty...when do I get my diploma?
To what address is my diploma mailed?
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?
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.
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.
Where can cars park for graduation?
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.
Is there a shuttle to graduation?
- 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.
Are professional photographers available at the ceremonies?
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.