Graduation Application Deadlines and Fees
Students considering graduating with any degree awarded from the University of Montana Western (certificate, associate, or bachelor) are encouraged to apply at least a 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. However 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 bumped to the next term.
The $35 graduation fee should be paid to business services. The graduation fee applies towards each application for graduation received (i.e. if a student is applying for two degrees, there will be a fee for both degrees). A $10 late fee will be applied to any graduation application (certificate, associates, or bachelors) received after the graduation deadline. Graduation deadlines with and without late fees are as follows:
Graduation Deadline With No Late Fee
Fall Semester Last Friday in September
Spring Semester Last Friday in October
Summer Semester Last Friday in March
Graduation Deadline Late Fee Period
Additional $10 applied per graduation application
Fall Semester: First Monday in October to First Monday in November*
Spring Semester: First Monday in November to First Monday in December*
Summer Semester: First Monday in April to First Monday in May*/**
*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.
Diplomas are mailed to students six to eight weeks after the end of the semester 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.
If a diploma has been lost, a replacement diploma may be requested through the Registrar’s Office. A replacement diploma cost $25. Contact the Registrar’s Office at (406) 683-7371 for additional information.
Participation in the Commencement Ceremony
You can now submit your Commencement Participation Forms online! Commencement Participation Forms are due by March 15, 2019 Click here!
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Students who complete all degree requirements in the Summer, Fall, and Spring prior to the commencement ceremony are eligible to participate. Students who are completing all their degree requirements in the summer directly following 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 the second Friday of March each year.
Graduation Packets provide you all the information you need to prepare for graduation. From information regarding the schedule of the day to getting your regalia, everything you need to know is in this handy packet.
Schedule of Events
Commencement Weekend Events
Friday May 8
3:30 PM Legacy Plaza Celebration/Class of 2020 Brick Dedication Location: Legacy Plaza
7:00 PM Baccalaureate Location: STC Great Room
Saturday May 9
9:30 AM Commencement Rehearsal Location: Straugh Gymnasium
10:00 AM Commencement Line Up Location: Keltz Arena
11:00 AM Commencement Location: Straugh Gymnasium
12:30 PM Reception Location: Tundra
Preparing for Ceremony
Obtaining Regalia (Cap, Gown, and Tassel)
Regalia can now be purchased through the campus Bookstore by going to Signature A . Regalia orders must be placed by March 20, 2020 in order to allow enough time for delivery. Regalia may be sent to a personal address or the campus bookstore. Regalia sent to the campus Bookstore will be available for pick up May 4-8, 2020 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and May 9, 2020 from 7:30-10 a.m. All regalia must be brought with you the morning of Commencement to the Straugh Gymnasium.
If you are eligible for an honor cord, it may be purchased from the Campus Bookstore and picked up at the same time that you pick up your regalia. Honor cords are awarded for the following UMW cumulative grade point averages:
- 3.33-3.64 cum laude (red and white honors cord)
- 3.65-3.84 magna cum laude (silver honors cord)
- 3.85-4.00 summa cum laude (gold honors cord)
Graduation announcement information is available through the campus Bookstore.
Rehearsal for Graduation
Graduation rehearsal begins promptly at 9:30 AM on the day of commencement. Rehearsal guides graduates through the event, highlighting when and where they need to be at varying points in the ceremony, what to do when crossing the stage, and the processional and recessional processes. Rehearsal is mandatory to participate in the commencement ceremony.
Early Commencement Petitions
Students who complete all degree requirements in the Summer, Fall, and Spring prior to the commencement ceremony are eligible to participate. Students who are completing all their degree requirements in the summer directly following commencement may appeal to participate in the ceremony by completing the Early Commencement Petition. Early Commencement Petitions should not be submitted until the spring semester leading up to the ceremony the student plans to participate and must include:
- A completed Early Commencement Petition.
- A list of pending requirements for graduation.
- A plan to complete the pending requirements no later than the summer immediately following the ceremony.
- Signature of their advisor verifying the plan is realistic and the student is on track for completion.
- Submission of the complete form and supporting documents and signatures to the Registrar’s Office.
Submission of the Early Commencement Petition does not guarantee approval. After a completed petition is received, it will be reviewed by the Academic Standards Committee for approval or denial. After the committee decides on the appeal, the registrar’s office will communicate their decision.
Early Commencement Petitions should be submitted no earlier than the February prior to the commencement ceremony and no later than March 13, 2020 prior to the commencement ceremony.