Commencement Ceremonies at UM Saturday, May 16

May 12, 2015

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s 118th Commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. 

Max Baucus, Montana’s longest-serving U.S. senator and now ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, will be the featured speaker. UM will honor Salish tribal elder Louis “Louie” Adams with an honorary doctorate of humane letters for his lifetime spent teaching others the stories, culture and language of his people.

No tickets or reservations are required for the main ceremony, and there is no rehearsal. The stadium will open at 8 a.m. and families and guests should be seated by 9:30 a.m. All degree candidates should meet on the Oval at 8:45 a.m. to line up with their departments for the processional into the stadium, which will begin at 9:30 a.m.

UM will live-stream the Commencement ceremony at

Several of UM’s professional schools, colleges and departments hold their own ceremonies following Commencement. Tickets may be required for these ceremonies. Contact the graduate’s department for additional information.

The UM Alumni Association will host the All-Alumni Celebration May 14-16, with special recognition of alumni from the class of 1965 and prior. For more information on reunion events, visit

For more information about Commencement, visit the Office of the Registrar website at or call 406-243-2995.

Contact: UM Office of the Registrar, 406-243-2995, .