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Montana Western to award record number of degrees.

May 4, 2016

Walters said Montana Western expects to set a record for most degrees awarded during the university’s 119th commencement.

The class of 2016 is represented by 22 states with 77 percent coming from Montana. Females represent 56 percent and males make up 44 percent of the graduating class.

In addition, 51 percent will graduate with honors including 46 percent cum laude; 33 percent magna cum laude; and 24 percent are receiving summa cum laude.

A breakdown of degrees to be awarded includes: Certificate of Early Childhood Education (5); Associate of Arts (30); Associate of Science (116); Associate of Applied Science (63); Bachelor of Applied Science (1); Bachelor of Arts (56), and Bachelor of Science (210).

Alumni Nathan Boll and Mike Schulz will be featured at this year’s commencement.

Boll will give the commencement address and Schulz will be honored as the 2016 Distinguished Alum.

A 2013 UMW grad, Boll recently completed work as a Mirzayan Graduate Fellow to the Space Studies Board at the National Academy of Sciences. He is taking classes at George Washington University toward a second master’s degree in international science and technology policy at the Space Policy Institute.

Schulz has served as Montana Western’s library director for almost 27 years. He graduated from then Western Montana College (now Montana Western) in 1979 and later earned his master’s from UMW.

The ceremonies are scheduled for May 7, 2016 at 11 a.m. in the Straugh Gymnasium in the Bulldog Athletic and Recreation Center (BARC) on the UMW campus.