UM Commencement Set for May 14

May 09, 2016

MISSOULA – The University of Montana will graduate more than 3,000 students this spring, and most of those will participate in the 119th Commencement exercises at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, in Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

Academy Award-winning actor J.K. Simmons will be the featured speaker. Simmons, who graduated from UM in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in music, also will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. Former U.S. Forest Service Chief Jack Ward Thomas will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Science.

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.

Coffee will be served on the south side of the Oval for degree candidates and their families beginning at 8 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 begins at 9:20 a.m.

UM will live-stream the Commencement ceremony at, and there will be regular social media updates.

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.

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

The UM Alumni Association will host the All-Alumni Celebration May 12-14, with special recognition of alumni celebrating their 50th and 50-plus class anniversaries. For more information on reunion events, visit


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