For information about UMW’s Commencement Ceremony, please visit the Annual Commencement Ceremony page.


Graduation Application Deadlines and Fees

Students planning to graduate with any degree awarded from the University of Montana Western (certificate, associate, or bachelor) are encouraged to apply at least one year in advanced to graduation. Submitting an application a year in advanced allows time for the Registrar’s Office and academic program departments to review the potential graduate’s records and make sure they are on track for a timely graduation.

Submit one Application for Graduation for each certificate or degree you wish to earn from UMW. Any errors on these applications can cause a delay in recieving an accurate audit. Students should confirm their degree, catalog year(s) and graduation date(s) with their advisor before applying. The $35 graduation fee is mandatory for each Bachelor’s degree (if a student applies for two Bachelpor’s degree, they must pay two graduation fees). A $10 late fee will be applied to any graduation application (certificate, associates, or bachelors) received after the graduation deadline, or in rare instances when students are moving their graduation date to the current or closer term, and their original date of application is during the late fee period. Graduation fees are charged to the student’s account when their application is processed. Beginning May 4th, 2023 all graduation fees will be charged to student accounts when the applicaions are recorded on the student’s account prior to processing.

As of January 23, 2023, the Registrar’s Office will no longer accept paper application for graduation forms. All applications must be submitted with the online application for graudation form as listed in the paragraph above.

The following deadlines are the absolute deadlines for posting of a degree in an academic term. If the deadline is missed, the graduates application will be automatically moved to the next term. Graduation deadlines with and without late fees are as follows:

Graduation Deadline With No Late Fee

Summer Semester: March 31, 2023

Fall Semester: September 29, 2023

Spring Semester: October 27, 2023

Graduation Deadline Late Fee Period

Additional $10 applied per graduation application

Summer Semester: April 15, 2023*/**

Fall Semester: October 15, 2023*

Spring Semester: November 15, 2023*

* Graduation Application received after the late fee deadline are automatically moved to the next semester.

** Students who submit summer applications in the April late fee deadline period will not be eligible to participate in the immediately upcoming May commencement ceremony as deadline for that years ceremony will have already passed.

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Diplomas are mailed to students ten to twelve weeks after the end of the semester in which they are awarded their degree. Unless otherwise notified by the student, diplomas will be mailed to the address indicated when they submitted their application for graduation. Diplomas may not be released if there is a hold on the students account in either Financial Aid or Business Services. Students can update their diploma mailing address by emailing [email protected]

Replacement Diplomas

A replacement diploma may be ordered by emailing [email protected] and costs $30 each. Payment can be made by calling UMW Business Services Office at 406-683-7101 or by mailing a check University of Montana Western 710 South Atlantic Street Dillon, MT 59725 Attention: Office of the Registrar. Students with Financial Aid or Business Services holds will not have their orders fulfilled utnil their holds are lifted.

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Updated January 23, 2023