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University of Montana Spring Commencement: What you need to know

Posted at 3:45 PM, May 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-03 20:03:39-04

MISSOULA – The University of Montana has 2,046 students who are degree candidates for spring semester 2019 for their 122nd Commencement.

Many of those will participate in Commencement ceremonies at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, in the Adams Center.

Graduates with “cum laude” after their name indicate a GPA of 3.40 to 3.69. “Magna laude” indicates a 3.70 to 3.89 GPA, and “summa laude” is 3.90 and above.

Official awarding of a degree and any official graduation with honors or graduation with high honors designation is not made until degree candidates have completed their final term of enrollment and have met all specific requirements.

The full list of in-state graduates is here: http://bit.ly/2DMhDOm. The full list of out-of-state graduates is here: http://bit.ly/2DMm8J8.

Each ceremony will last approximately 2-to-2½ hours and will feature individual recognition of every student as they cross the stage and the hooding of doctoral students by their advisors. The official conferral of degrees and distribution of diploma covers will happen during these events.

Tickets are not required for the event and seating is available on a first come, first served basis. The doors to the Adams Center will open one hour prior to each ceremony. There will not be a charge for parking on campus the day of Commencement.

The 9 a.m. ceremony will include all departments and programs within the College of Humanities and SciencesMissoula College, the School of Journalism, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Doors to the Adams Center will open at 8 a.m. Graduates should line up on the Oval at 8:15 a.m.

The 2 p.m. ceremony will include all departments and programs within the College of Business, the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, and the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, as well as the Master of Public Administration program. Doors to the Adams Center will open at 1 p.m. Graduates should line up on the Oval at 1:15 p.m.

The Spring Commencement ceremonies will feature remarks from Dr. Lisa Parks, a UM alumna and 2018 MacArthur Fellow.

Parks is a professor of Comparative Media Studies and director of the Global Media Technologies and Cultures Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her work explores the global reach of information technology infrastructure and the cultural, political and humanitarian implications of the flow of information.

Her research seeks to understand how media systems can inform and assist citizens, scholars and policymakers in the U.S. and abroad in advancing campaigns for technological literacy, creative expression, social justice and human rights. Parks has collaborated with computer scientists, geographers, journalists, and artists, and has given lectures in more than 25 countries.

“I am very honored to have been selected as the Commencement speaker this year,” said Parks. “I look forward to returning to my alma mater to celebrate this year’s graduates.”

Parks will speak at both ceremonies in the Adams Center.

ASUM Transportation will provide free shuttles from the Lewis & Clark/South Campus and Missoula College Centers from 7 a.m.until 7:30 p.m. on May 4. The Lewis & Clark/South Campus shuttles will run every eight minutes and will stop at Miller Hall, the Music Building, and the Adams Center. The Missoula College shuttles will run every 10 minutes and will stop at the Adams Center.

Parking is available across campus. There will not be a charge for parking the day of Commencement.

Tickets are not required for any of the events, and seating is available on a first come, first served basis. The doors to the Adams Center will open one hour prior to each ceremony. Graduates should line up on the Oval 45 minutes prior to each ceremony.