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Commencement Information

117th Annual Commencement

May 10, 2014

Schedule of Events for the 117th Commencement

Campus Map


Commencement Attire
May 7-9
 1-4 PM
Business Building (formerly the IT Woods Building)
Use south entrance, go downstairs and follow the signs.
Commencement Attire
May 10
 8-9 AM
Business Building (formerly the IT Woods Building)
Use south entrance, go downstairs and follow the signs.
Baccalaureate (Optional)
May 9
7:00 pm
Small Auditorium, MH 314
Rehearsal (a must)
May 10
 9:15 am
Straugh Gymnasium
Assemble Candidates
& Escorts (see note below)
May 10
 10:00  am
Keltz Arena
May 10
 11:00 am
Straugh Gymnasium
Graduate's Reception
May 10
 12:30 pm
Keltz Arena


Graduation Packets

Graduation packets include the following documents.  Please note that if you plan to participate in ceremony the Participation in Commencement and Early Commencement Petitions are due to the Registrar's Office no later than 4:30 PM on Friday April 4, 2014.


Cover Page

Graduation Checklist and Schedule of Events

Commencement Ceremony Instructions

Commencement Participation Form (Due by April 4, 2014)

Early Commencement Petition (Due by April 4, 2014)

Graduation FAQ's

Financial Aid Loan Exit Interview Information

List of Dillon Hotels

List of Dillon Restaurants

Campus Map

Announcement Information (Contact Bookstore or Registrar's Office for packet)

You Made a Difference Form


Line up Information


Important: All candidates and escorts participating in the commencement ceremonies must arrive no later than 10:00 am.




In addition, commencement fees must be paid in advance. Students who fail to pay the fees will not be able to obtain caps and gowns. All obligations to the university must be met before graduates can receive diplomas, or have transcripts sent.

The following information is specific to current year Montana Western commencement activities and costs, etc. If you are eligible to participate in commencement please review this information carefully; commencement related deadlines are STRICTLY enforced, so take action on a timely basis. Contact the Registrar's Office (406-683-7371) if you have questions.

Graduates and Escorts:

  • Please hang up your gowns to let the wrinkles out, or have the gown pressed.
  • Men should wear shirts & ties under their gowns.
  • Caps should be worn level on top of the head, with the point in the middle of the forehead.
  • Tassels are worn over the left temple at all times.
  • No pins or jewelry should be worn over the top of nor attached to the gown or cap.

Disability Services:

  • Candidates needing disability services in order to participate in commencement must notify the Registrar's office (683-7214) at least three (3) weeks before commencement (April 18, 2014). Please specify services required. 

Commencement Related Events:


All graduates are invited to begin Commencement weekend with Baccalaureate Services scheduled for Friday evening at 7:00 pm in the Great Room, upstairs in the STC Building.



All graduates and guests are invited to the reception immediately following Commencement in the Keltz Arena (or just outside, weather permitting). Drop off hoods and white escort gowns and enjoy light refreshments.

Commencement Related-Information The following individuals are eligible to participate in upcoming Montana Western's commencement ceremonies:

  • Pervious year Summer graduates,
  • Pervious year Fall graduates,
  • Applicants/candidates for graduation for the current year Spring (check graduation application lists on the registrar's webpage),
  • Applicants/candidates for graduation for the current year Summer term ( check graduation application lists on the registrar's webpage), AND who are approved to participate via the Early Graduation Petition process (not EGP application deadlines, etc). 

The University of Montana Western conducts one commencement ceremony each year, usually the first Saturday following the end of Spring semester classes and final exams. Check the current academic year calendar for commencement dates.

Commencement Forms and Instructions   The following information and forms is specific to the current year commencement activities and costs, etc.  


Last updated 03/2014