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Montana Western Announces Commencement Speaker Taylor Nahrgang

April 20, 2023

The University of Montana Western’s 126th Annual Commencement ceremony will feature speaker Taylor Nahrgang, UMW alumnus and Director of Western & Work Partnerships at Ariat International.

Montana Western Announces Commencement Speaker Taylor Nahrgang.

Nahrgang graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Montana Western and is an accomplished marketing professional with over a decade of experience in the Western, Work, and Outdoor industries. In addition to serving as the Director of Western & Work Partnerships at Ariat International, he is also a valued member of the company’s Marketing Leadership Team.

In his current role at Ariat International, Nahrgang is responsible for developing and nurturing key partnerships with stakeholders in the Western & Work industries. He has a talent for identifying opportunities for collaboration, strengthening brand awareness, and driving revenue growth through effective partnerships. Nahrgang’s career has been marked by his ability to work effectively with diverse groups and motivate them toward achieving common goals. He has a demonstrated track record of success in both the public and private sectors, and is recognized for his innovative, risk-taking approach to problem-solving.

In his personal life, he loves to rope and is a proud dad. He takes great pleasure in watching his children excel in school and sports and is a devoted supporter of his wife’s personal and professional endeavors.

Nahrgang has a strong connection to the University of Montana Western, where he has served as the Rodeo Club President, ASUMW President, Montana Associated Students (MAS) Vice President, Big Sky Region Student Director, and NIRA Student President. He is also a Big Sky Region Steer Wrestling Champion and a NIRA Steer Wrestling World Champion. Nahrgang currently serves as a member of the University of Montana Western Foundation Board.

“We are very excited to welcome Taylor Nahrgang back to Montana Western and are appreciative that he will be able to share some of his professional experiences and accomplishments with our graduates,” said Montana Western Chancellor, Michael Reid. “We are so fortunate that he will be here to celebrate our students’ achievements during this year’s Commencement ceremony.”

Montana Western’s Commencement ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Straugh Gymnasium on the UMW campus on May 6, 2023. For more information, please contact the Montana Western Registrar’s Office by calling 406-683-7371 or visit