Carroll College and Helena College commencement ceremonies set for Saturday

Posted at 6:11 PM, May 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 15:00:24-04

HELENA – Carroll College will hold its 2018 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12, at 2 p.m. in the Carroll PE Center, with 298 students graduating.

Carroll College alumni from the classes of 1958 and 1968 will also be honored.

Associate Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department, Dr. Leslie Angel, will provide remarks during the ceremony. Dr. Angel was the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Teaching Award.

The class of 2018 senior speaker will be Becca Poliquin of Hamilton, Montana. Poliquin, who is graduating with a double major in history and theology, was elected by her fellow classmates to speak on their behalf.

A schedule of commencement activities is as follows:

Saturday, May 12, 2018

10:00 a.m., Baccalaureate Mass, Cathedral of St. Helena
Due to limited seating in the Cathedral, admission to Baccalaureate is by ticket only. Doors to the Cathedral open at 8:30 a.m.

2:00 p.m., Commencement, PE Center
Due to fire code regulations at the Carroll PE Center, guest tickets will be required for the 2018 Commencement ceremony. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to select suitable seats. Doors to the PE Center open at 12:30 p.m.

The commencement will be streamed live at

On Saturday, May 12th, 230 graduates will receive their certificates and degrees from Helena College University of Montana.

Of these graduates, 94 have achieved honors status with cumulative grade point averages of 3.5 or higher, and 10 will graduate with high honors having maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA.

The ceremony will also recognize graduates receiving their high school diploma from the Access to Success program.

This year’s commencement ceremony speaker is Loren Acton, an American physicist who flew on the Space Shuttle mission in 1985 as a Payload Specialist. Acton was born into a ranch family in Fergus County in 1936, attended high school in Billings and graduated from Montana State College in 1959 with a degree in Engineering Physics.

The commencement ceremony will take place in the Exhibition Hall at the Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds in Helena at 11:00 a.m. A reception for graduates and their families & friends will immediately follow the ceremony.