MISSOULA – Nearly 3,000 graduates and degree candidates are invited to participate in the University of Montana’s 116th Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 18, in Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
Events kick off at 7:30 a.m. with a free continental breakfast for degree candidates, graduates, their families and faculty hosted by UM President Royce Engstrom in the University Center Atrium.
The general ceremony for UM’s professional schools, the College of Arts and Sciences and Missoula College will begin at 10 a.m. in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The stadium opens at 8 a.m., and guests should be seated in the westside seating area by 9:30 a.m. No tickets are required.
Jim Messina, the architect of President Barack Obama’s successful campaign for re-election and UM alumnus, will deliver this year’s Commencement address.
During Commencement, UM will present Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters to Sue and John Talbot of Missoula. The Talbots earned the honor for their constant efforts to enhance educational opportunities for UM students and their tireless efforts in the Missoula community and Montana.
Students will meet at 8:45 a.m. on the UM Oval to line up for the general ceremony and should look for signs to locate their departments. Faculty members, students and the platform party will begin a formal march from the Oval to Washington-Grizzly Stadium at 9:30 a.m.
The ceremony will be live streamed at http://www.umt.edu/commencement/.
Following the general Commencement ceremony, attendees will disperse to various campus locations for individual departmental and college ceremonies. Individual ceremonies for the College of Arts and Sciences and Missoula College begin at noon. Individual ceremonies for professional schools begin at 2 p.m.
Shuttles to and from campus will run from 7:25 a.m. to 4:25 p.m. from the South Campus and East Broadway Park-N-Ride lots.
More information about UM Commencement events is available on the Registrar’s Office website at http://www.umt.edu/registrar/students/GraduationInfo1.aspx.