UM Prepares for First-Ever Fall Commencement

December 10, 2018

MISSOULA – The University of Montana will hold its first-ever Fall Commencement Ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in the Dennison Theatre.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox, who earned three degrees from UM – a Bachelor of Arts degree in geology in 1981, a Juris Doctor in 1987 and a Master in Public Administration in 2018 – will serve as the keynote speaker. Fox has served two terms as attorney general, elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2016.

During the ceremony, graduates will receive their diplomas as their names are read and doctoral candidates will be hooded by their faculty advisers. The event will last about two hours and will livestream at

Fall Commencement will be a smaller, more intimate and less formal event than the traditional Spring Commencement and is an opportunity to celebrate students who are not able to attend the spring event.  

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Contact: Paula Short, director of communications, UM Office of the President, 406-243-5806,