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Montana Attorney General to Speak at First-Ever UM Fall Commencement

 MISSOULA – Montana Attorney General Tim Fox will serve as the keynote speaker at the University of Montana’s first-ever Fall Commencement Saturday, Dec. 15. The new event will take place at 9 a.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox

Fox is in his second term as attorney general of the State of Montana. He was first elected to the office in November 2012 and re-elected in November 2016. He is a three-time UM alumnus, with a degree in geology (1981), a law degree (1987) and, most recently, a Master in Public Administration (2018).

“As a native Montanan who is making a difference in Big Sky Country, Tim Fox is an excellent example of what a UM education can do for its students and for the state of Montana,” President Seth Bodnar said. “We are honored he will speak at the University’s first-ever Fall Commencement this December.”

Fox was born in Hardin and is the youngest of five children. He is a graduate of Hardin High School. He has practiced law for more than 30 years in Montana, working both in private practice and for state agencies. Fox specializes in business, real estate, constitutional, environmental and commercial law. He started his law career as a law clerk to Associate Justice L.C. Gulbrandson of the Montana Supreme Court.

“I’m a firm believer that education sets the stage for future success, and I’m proud to hold three degrees from UM,” Fox said. “It will be my honor to share some of my experiences and words of advice during UM’s first Fall Commencement and help our newest Griz alumni launch the next chapter of their lives.”

Fox and his wife, Karen, have four children and six grandchildren.

UM’s Fall Commencement will be a smaller, more intimate and less formal event than the traditional Spring Commencement. It is an opportunity to celebrate students who are not able to attend the spring event.

The ceremony will include the reading of graduates’ names and the hooding of all doctoral candidates by their advisers. Additional information is online at

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