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Montana Western Welcomes Students to Orientation and Convocation

August 3, 2022

The University of Montana Western will hold New Student Orientation from Thursday, Aug. 18 to Sunday, Aug. 21.

Montana Western Welcomes Students to Orientation and Convocation

Activities will begin Thursday morning as students move into the Residence Halls. If you are interested in volunteering for Move-In Day, please visit and fill out the “Montana Western Moving Company Sign Up Form” to schedule a designated shift.

Convocation, the official start of the school year ceremony, will take place Friday at 10:00 a.m. in the Straugh Gymnasium and will feature an inspirational keynote address by Melinda Pfundstein.

Melinda Pfundstein

Melinda Pfundstein is a joyful student of life and loves making curiosity cool. It is her personal mission to inspire creativity, wholeness, and authenticity in every space she facilitates. Through story, interactive engagement, tool-sharing, and more, the audience will: gain tools for building resiliency through self-assessment, receive a practice for leaning into inquiry and learning, acquire steps to fire up the imagination, and learn ways to engage the inner compass to navigate college (and life!) with purpose. 

Parents, friends, and the community of Dillon are invited to attend Convocation and the Legacy Plaza Ceremony that follows.

Orientation will continue throughout the weekend with a series of events designed to familiarize new students with the Montana Western and Dillon community. Events will include sessions about the Experience One program, a football scrimmage, community scavenger hunt, movie in the Swysgood Technology Center, and much more.

For the full schedule of events, please visit