UM Fall Commencement Set for Dec. 14

November 19, 2019

MISSOULA – The second-ever Fall Commencement at the University of Montana will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Adams Center. Distinguished UM scholar Dr. Albert Borgmann, Regents Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, will be the featured speaker.

More than 200 students from all UM departments and programs are expected to participate. Adams Center doors will open at 8 a.m., and candidates for graduation will line up in the West Auxiliary Gymnasium.

Tickets are not required for Fall Commencement, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Campus parking will be free in most lots that day. The ceremony will last about two hours and feature individual recognition of every student as they cross the stage, as well as the hooding of doctoral students by their advisers.

The speaker, Borgmann, taught at UM for decades starting in 1970. In 1996, he was named UM’s second Regents Professor, which is the highest faculty member rank in the Montana University System. A specialist Borgmannin the philosophy of society and culture, Borgmann is the author of five books, including “Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life” and “Real American Ethics: Taking Responsibility for Our Country.”

Now retired, Borgmann created and managed UM’s Philosophy Forum for more than 30 years, a place where anyone from campus the wider community could present their scholarly work each week. Described by his colleagues as a kind human being who is often generous with praise, Borgmann also is a forceful critic of sloppy intellectual work and bad ideas.

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UM’s first Fall Commencement was held in December 2018 with Montana Attorney General Tim Fox as the featured speaker. Fall Commencement is designed to be smaller, more intimate and less formal than the traditional Spring Commencement. It celebrates those students who may not be able to attend in the spring.


Contact: Paula Short, UM spokesperson and director of communications, 406-243-2311,