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The University of Montan Western
127th Annual Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 4, 2024

Commencement Ceremony

The University of Montana Western’s 127th Annual Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2024. Time, location, and additional details to be released in the Fall 2023 term.

This ceremony is to recongize all students who have completed a certificate, Associate’s degree, or Bachelor’s degree during the Summer or Fall 2023 terms, or have applied for an are on track to complete a certificate or degree in Spring 2024. Students must formally submit an Application for Graduation within the posted deadlines and recieve a degree audit confirming they have completed or will complete their certificate or degree in the 2023-24 academic year.


Rehearsal for all graduates and degree candidates is tentatively scheduled for Friday, May 3, 2024 . Attendance is not required but is strongly encouraged! This is a great opportunity to review where to go and what to expect on Saturday morning. UMW’s Graduation Coordinator and Commencement Staff will be available to answer any last minute questions.

RSVP to Commencement

Graduates and degree candidates need to let us know if they plan to “walk” in Commencment by submitting an RSVP form. At this time, RSVP forms are not being accepted for the Spring 2024 Commencement Ceremony. Please check back at a later date.

Required Regalia (cap & gown)

Degree candidates and graduates planning to participate in Commencement will need to wear a solid black cap and gown. Graduates and degree candidates can purchase theirs on their own or through our preferred provider. More information on our preferred provider will be shared at a later date.

Honors Cords

Associate or Bachelor degree candidates and graduates with qualifying institutational cumulative GPAs have the option to purchase honor cords from the UMW Bookstore in May 2024. Please check the Catalog for Institutional GPA Honors requirements.

Important Information

  • Graduates, candidates and guests must follow all staff instructions during the event
  • Guests must remain in the audience for the duration of the ceremony
  • UMW is a tobacco free campus
  • Pets are not allowed but registered service animals are welcomed

Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities

If you or a family member requires any special assistance at the ceremony due to a disability or mobility challenges, please email [email protected] by April 28, 2023.

Event Parking & Campus Map

Parking will be availble throughout campus as well as on the public streets surrounding campus. Please view this campus map to become familiar with campus before arriving.


The livestream for the Univeristy of Montana Western’s 127th Annual Commencement Ceremony will be available for viewing the day of the ceremony.

Digital Program

The digital program for the University of Montana Western’s 127th Annual Commencement Ceremony will be available for viewing the day of the ceremony.


Students who compelete their degree at the end of the Spring term will have their diploma(s) mailed to the diploma mailing address listed on their Application for Graduation. Generally, diplomas are mailed approximately twelve (12) weeks after Commencement. Students can email updated diploma mailing addresses to [email protected]


If you have a hold on your account, you will be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony.  However, you will not receive your diploma or transcript until all holds have been lifted.  Please check your DAWGS account to see if you have any holds.

Please contact [email protected] with questions.

Updated May 16, 2023