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125th Annual Commencement Ceremony

Updated April 15, 2022

The University of Montana Western is planning in-person commencement ceremony on Saturday May 7th, 2022 at 10:00a.m.  All graduates of 2021-22 (Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022) are invited to join us for a day of pomp and circumstance as we celebrate your academic accomplishments.  We are excited for the opportunity to honor the class of 2022 next month!


Friday, May 6

                     3:30p.m.     Legacy Plaza Celebration* @ Legacy Plaza

*Any of year’s graduates in attendance will receive their Alumni tassel to wear at Commencement

Saturday, May 7

                     9:00a.m.     Commencement Lineup in Keltz Arena @ BARC

                     10:00a.m.   Commencement Opening Ceremony in Straugh Gymnasium @ BARC

12:00p.m.   Reception on the Tundra


At this time, there are no COVID-19 restrictions in place.  There is no limit on the number of guests each graduate brings, and tickets are not required to attend.

The commencement ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Straugh Gymnasium.  All graduates need to arrive dressed in their cap and gown no later than 9:00 a.m. at the Keltz Arena to begin processional line-up at 9:15 a.m. Graduates will line up in a specific order, by last name based on degree and major.

Graduates requiring disability accommodations during Commencement must notify the Registrar’s Office by calling (406) 683 7214 no later than April 10, 2022. Please specify services required.

Graduates cannot carry items into the ceremony; please leave all valuables with family members. (i.e. purses, backpacks, jackets, beach balls, frisbees, bubbles, or noisemakers.) All electronic devices must be turned off prior to the start of processional.

Seating for Guests

Once maximum capacity is met in Straugh Gymnasium, guests will be seated in the Keltz Arena. There we will provide a live steam viewing of the Commencement Ceremony and seating for guests.

Ushers will be on hand to help guests find their way and provide any needed assistance with accessibility in the BARC.  Registered service dogs are welcome. Pets are not allowed.   To request specific services in advance, please contact Becky Stuart at 406-683-7214 or [email protected]


Once the Commencement Ceremony has concluded and the graduates have been escorted out of Straugh Gymnasium, there will be a reception for graduates and their guests on the Tundra. Graduates will have the opportunity to congregate with friends and family while enjoying light refreshments. Each department’s flag will be posted on the Tundra for photo opportunities with attending faculty members. In case of inclement weather, the reception will be relocated to the Keltz Arena.


Parking on campus is available for graduates and their guests, as well as UMW faculty, staff, and visiting dignitaries. As we are expecting a large crowd, please allow for extra time as on-campus parking will fill quickly. Parking attendants will help direct traffic once parking in the BARC lot is full. Drop off only will be available near the BARC, and overflow parking is available in the Emerick Art Studio parking lot, and city streets on and around campus. Several handicap parking spots are available on campus but will fill quickly. Please ask a parking attendant if you need assistance finding reserved handicap parking or getting to the BARC from your parking spot.

Campus Map

Please review our campus map to the different locations used for Commencement and your parking options.

Regalia (Cap, Gown, and Tassel)

Be sure to order your regalia through Signature A no later than April 8, 2022 to avoid extra shipping costs and last minute stress.  Announcements, diploma frames, and other option items are available for purchase.  Black cap and gown are required to participate in commencement.  Graduates are welcome to decorate their mortar boards (cap) to be worn during the Commencement ceremony.


Commencement is a celebration and professional special event marking the end of your time at UMW and a launch into the next stage of your life. Graduates are encouraged to dress professionally to mark this special occasion.

Tassels should be worn on the left side of your cap. At the end of the Opening ceremony, you will be instructed as a group when to turn your tassel to the right, signifying the formal awarding of your degree.

Commencement Packet

The Commencement Packet is now available!  This includes important details about Commencement, purchasing regalia and honors chords, ordering your Alumni Brick, the Legacy Plaza Celebration and Reception, and details for visiting family and friends to help make their stay enjoyable and memorable.

Commencement Participation Forms

Students who complete all degree requirements in the Summer, Fall, and Spring prior to the commencement ceremony are eligible to participate but must submit a Commencement Participation Form no later than March 18, 2022. Students who are completing all their degree requirements in the Summer 2022 commencement may appeal to participate in the ceremony by completing the Early Commencement Petition. All students planning to participate in the upcoming ceremonies must submit their Commencement Participation Form to the Registrar’s Office no later than Friday March 25, 2022.


March 18, 2022      Commencement Participation & Diploma Mailing Instruction Form due by 4:00p.m.

March 25, 2022      Early Commencement Petitions for student completing degrees in Summer 2022 and want to walk due by 4:00p.m.

April 8, 2022          Regalia orders through Signature A.  Order at

April 15 -May 6, 2022           Honors Cords and regalia available for purchase from the Campus Bookstore for ($10 and $25)

May 7, 2022 Honors Cords and regalia are available for purchase at the Bookstore 7:30-9:00a.m. ($10 and $25)

If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call at 406-683-7214. Keep checking back to this page for additional updates.