Due to packaging and shipping times, the Winter 2020 commencement-in-a-box will arrive after the November 22 ceremony. Graduates will be kept informed via email of progress.
We plan to launch our website during the first week of October. Please keep in mind that we will update it with information as it becomes available, so check back often.

The Winter 2020 ceremony will be aired virtually on Sunday, November 22.

Regalia is available for purchase through the MSU Bookstore. They are located in the basement of the Strand Union Building, or you may also check out the MSU Bookstore's website for information regarding Commencement merchandise.

Yes. Each graduate may invite only 2 guests who will receive electronic (free) tickets prior to the event. Without a ticket, patrons will not be allowed to enter the event. Additional details to follow.

Official graduation portraits will be available for purchase through the Lifetouch Photography website.
There will be a link activated on the morning of the ceremony on the Commencement website that will lead to live streaming of the event. The video will be available on MSU's Youtube channel for viewing immediately following the premiere airing.
The color of students’ tassels correspond to their cumulative GPA’s, and are consistent across all disciplines- below a 3.25 is black, 3.25-3.69 is blue and 3.70-4.00 is gold.
There are no graphics for Honors in the video. However, this is noted in the printed program.
The ceremony is approximately three hours. There will be a website version of the program and we will list the start times for each college so people can have an idea of when their graduate will appear in the video.   
Parking is free on Commencement day, and all spaces are open, except for the ADA sections that will be clearly labeled. If you or your guest need ADA Accommodations, please complete the ADA Accomodations request form found on the Family & Guests page.

Please visit your MyInfo account to update your Mailing address. Diplomas for all successful graduates will be mailed out in the following timeline:

  • Spring Graduates – Mid-JULY
  • Summer Graduates – Mid-OCTOBER
  • Spring Graduates – Mid-FEBRUARY
The Honors College is a different organization and has different requirements than graduating with university Honors or Highest Honors. Graduating with Honors or Highest Honors is possible for any student with a cumulative GPA of 3.25-3.69 or a 3.70-4.00 respectively, and is consistent across all Undergraduate disciplines.

After careful consideration, the administration has determined that a student may only process, cross the stage, and recess for one of their degrees at the commencement ceremony. Students will be required to choose which of their degrees that they would like to walk with. Dual degree candidates will still have both of their degrees acknowledged in the following ways:

  1. Dual degree candidates will receive two diplomas upon successful completion of degree requirements as well as two diploma covers on commencement day.
  2. Both degrees will be posted on student transcripts upon successful completion of degree requirements.
  3. Dual degree candidates’ names appear twice in the commencement booklet – once for each degree.
  4. If a dual degree candidate is graduating from two different colleges, they can attend the college celebrations for each of the colleges that they are receiving degrees from.
We will be sending an email to Degree Candidates in early October (Fall) and March (Spring) with information regarding the graduation process.  Please also keep an eye on our Commencement website for information to be posted as it is released. Please email graduation@montana.edu with questions.

Students who are finishing their undergraduate degrees (Bachelors, Associates, Undergradtuate Certificates, etc.) in the summer will participate in the Spring commencement ceremony prior to the completion of their degree requirements. 

Students who are finishing their graduate (Masters or PhD) in the summer will participate in the Fall commencement following the completion of their degree requirements. 

Loan Proration impacts Undergraduate students applying for Graduation who are receiving Federal Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loans. Graduating undergraduate students who are only attending one semester of the academic year will have their Federal Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loans prorated based on the number of credits needed for degree completion (may not be the total credits enrolled in).

Federal regulations require schools to perform this task for students in their final semester of enrollment when that period of enrollment is less than a full academic year. This is the maximum amount of loan that a student may borrow for the final term of study. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.