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University of Montana holds 2nd annual Fall graduation ceremony

Posted at 3:10 PM, Dec 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 12:38:59-05

MISSOULA — The University of Montana held its second ever fall commencement ceremony on Saturday and more than 200 students received diplomas.

Decorated caps and gowns filled the Adams Center and students lined up to shake UM President Seth Bodnar's hand and walk across the stage.

"This is a 10 year journey for me. I started in the Navy, six-and-a half-years of that, and three-and-a-half years here at the university," said Jarrod Sellers, who completed his degree in wildlife biology.

Fall commencement started last year, to honor students that can't make the traditional spring ceremony.

"I wanna work in research, hopefully with the forest service. I had a job interview yesterday, as soon as i got done with my finals," said Sellers, who hopes to work in tech for the National Ergonomics Association

Bonnie Kurien, who works for Disability Student Services on campus, hopes that continuing her education will help her connect to students.

"I love that the university is like a big family, and that the faculty and staff are so supportive and willing to work with students," said Kurien who received an Associates Degree in Arts in Psychology and plans to continue toward a bachelors in the spring.

Graduates from every UM department received degrees duirng the ceremony