The Insider’s Guide to University of Montana Graduation Season

It’s time to throw caps in the air and open bottles of champagne. Graduation season at the University of Montana Missoula is nearly here, and families from all over will be flocking to congratulate their loved ones as they prepare to enter the “real world.” Here in Missoula, the entire city celebrates with the triumphant graduates, and our college town destination has plenty of resources for you to enjoy while spending time here.

Prior to the main graduation ceremonies, all alumni are invited to campus for a three-day event, spanning May 14-16, in conjunction with UM’s spring Commencement; those celebrating their 50th and 50-plus class reunions also are invited to be inducted into the Montana Treasures with a celebratory dinner on Friday, May 15. Additionally, the School of Law Graduation and Hooding Ceremony takes place on May 23, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in UM’s Dennison Theatre. Be sure to check the UM calendar of events so you don’t miss any of these special experiences.

Best of all, Red Lion Inn & Suites is right there waiting after the celebration has wrapped up. Our inviting accommodations in Missoula offer comfort, complimentary breakfast, convenient exercise and more for this special stay. Local Missoula attractions, including breweries, hot springs, national parks, museums and more, provide the perfect ending to your University of Montana graduation weekend.  Use our guide to the graduation festivities to plan your visit to Missoula accordingly.

University of Montana Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony – Saturday, May 16, 2015, Washington-Grizzly Stadium

10:00 a.m. – Families and guests should be seated in Washington-Grizzly Stadium by 9:30 a.m. The main ceremony is not a ticketed event, although you may be required to purchase tickets for individual department ceremonies or have your student RSVP with an approximate number of family and guests. Contact the department of the individual ceremony you would like to attend regarding individual ceremony ticket information.

12:00 p.m. – Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Central and Southwest Asian Studies, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geosciences, History, Liberal Studies, Linguistics, Mathematical Sciences, Missoula College Programs, Modern & Classical languages and Literatures, Native American Studies, Philosophy, Physics & Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, & Sociology, Communicative Science and Disorders, School of Business Administration programs: Accounting, Finance, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Master of Business Administration and Accounting.

2:00 p.m. – Communication Studies, Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary Education, Counselor Education, Educational Leadership, Intercultural Youth and Family Development, Health and Human Performance, Forestry, Ecological Restoration, Resource Conversation, Recreation Management, Wildlife Biology, Art, Dance, Theatre, Music, Media Arts, Journalism, Radio Television, Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy Practice, Public and Community Health Sciences, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, Social Work.