UMW News BureauThe 115th University of Montana Western Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 5 at 11 a.m. in the Straugh Gymnasium on the Montana Western campus. UMW NEWS BUREAU [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="226" caption="2011 University of Montana Western graduate Amanda Kortum."][/caption] The 115th University of Montana Western Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 5 at 11 a.m. in the Straugh Gymnasium on the Montana Western campus. The class of 2012 is comprised of 307 students, including 39 summer 2011 graduates, 70 fall 2011 graduates and 198 spring 2012 graduate applicants. Montana Western will issue 178 bachelor of science degrees, 79 bachelor of arts degrees, four bachelor of applied science degrees, 10 associate of arts degrees, 24 associate of science degrees, 49 associate of applied science degrees and three early childhood education certificates.* The 2012 graduates will encompass the University of Montana Western Departments of Biology; Business & Technology; Education; English; Environmental Sciences; Equine Studies; Fine Arts; History, Philosophy & Social Science; and Mathematics. Montana Commissioner Emerita Sheila Stearns, Ph.D. will give the 2012 Commencement address. Stearns has served as the vice president of the University of Montana, the chancellor of the University of Montana Western and the president of Wayne State College in Nebraska. She retired in spring 2012 from the Montana University System as the longest-serving Montana Commissioner of Higher Education. A baccalaureate service will be held on Friday, May 4 at 7 p.m. in the Small Auditorium of Main Hall. A graduate reception will immediately follow Commencement exercises at approximately 12:30 p.m. on the UMW Tundra or in the Keltz Arena, depending on weather. *All numbers are approximate until made final in July 2012.