May 7, 2012 12:13 PM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center
MISSOULA- Friends and family are converging on Missoula this week as the University of Montana gets ready to say goodbye to its newest soon-to-be graduates.
More than 3,700 graduates and degree candidates are being invited to take part in UM's 115th Commencement ceremonies which will be held on Saturday in Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
The festivities kick off with a free continental breakfast hosted by UM President Royce Engstrom at 7 a.m. in the University Center Atrium.
The general ceremony for UM's professional schools, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Technology will begin at 10 a.m. in Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
Sheila Stearns, outgoing Montana commissioner of higher education and a 1968 UM graduate, will deliver this year's Commencement address.
During Commencement ceremonies, UM will present an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to A. Warren Wilcox, a Missoula native and UM alumnus who has played an active role in many local businesses and community organizations.
Students will meet at 8:45 a.m. on the UM Oval to line up for the general ceremony and should look for signs to locate their departments. Faculty members, students and the platform party will begin a formal march from the Oval to Washington-Grizzly Stadium at 9:30 a.m.
Following the general Commencement ceremony, attendees will disperse to various campus locations for individual departmental and college ceremonies. Individual ceremonies for professional schools begin at noon. Individual ceremonies for the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Technology begin at 2 p.m.
Shuttles to and from campus will run from 7:25 a.m. to 4:25 p.m. from the South Campus and East Broadway Park-N-Ride lots.
Click here to learn more of the details about Saturday's planned activities.