BOZEMAN — Montana State University expects more than 2,600 students will receive degrees during MSU's 136th commencement ceremonies, which are set for 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 13.

MSU will confer degrees on candidates for graduation for the 2021-2022 academic year. This spring semester, there are expected to be 1,813 undergraduate students, 337 master’s students and 103 doctoral students receiving degrees, according to MSU Office of the Registrar. There will also be 182 students from Gallatin College MSU who are expected to receive associate degrees or certificates. In addition, 209 candidates for undergraduate degrees in the summer session will be eligible to participate in spring commencement ceremonies.

Two ceremonies will be held, both at MSU's Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. Students from the College of Arts and ArchitectureJake Jabs College of Business and EntrepreneurshipMark and Robyn Jones College of Nursing and College of Letters and Science will graduate at 9 a.m. with the processional beginning at 8:40 a.m.

MSU Presidential Medallion (MSU Photo)
MSU Presidential Medallion (MSU Photo)

As part of the ceremony, MSU President Waded Cruzado will present two MSU President’s Medallions, recognizing those who have demonstrated a rare commitment to community service and higher education through long-standing and extraordinary support. The first recipient is Ellen Kreighbaum, professor emerita in the Department of Health and Human Development and a pioneer in bringing equality to MSU collegiate sports, who recently created an endowment to support women’s Bobcat Basketball. The second recipient is Kathleen Chafey, a professor emerita in MSU's Mark and Robyn Jones College of Nursing, who recently created an endowed professorship to support the Caring for Our Own Program, which she helped found. In addition, Judge Sidney Thomas of the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will receive an MSU honorary doctorate in humane letters. The ceremony is expected to conclude at approximately 11 a.m.

Students from the College of Agriculture, Norm Asbjornson College of EngineeringCollege of Education, Health and Human Development and Gallatin College MSU will graduate at 1:30 p.m. with the processional beginning at 1:10 p.m. Charles S. “Chuck” Johnson, a journalist who covered Montana politics for more than four decades, will receive an MSU honorary doctorate of humane letters during the ceremony. The ceremony is expected to conclude at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Information about college and department receptions can be found online at

In addition, Inspiration Hall, located in Norm Asbjornson Hall, will be open for individuals who wish to view the commencement ceremonies in a more socially distanced way via livestream. Both the morning and afternoon ceremonies will also be streamed live at

More information about spring commencement, including information about parking on campus, is available at the same website.

- by MSU News Service -

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