UM to present honorary doctorates to Lily Gladstone, Carol Murray

The University of Montana will present honorary doctorates this spring to Lily Gladstone and Carol Tatsey-Murray, two outstanding Native leaders with strong ties to the Blackfeet Nation.

On March 15 the state Board of Regents approved UM’s request to present the doctorates during Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 11. Schedules permitting, both Gladstone and Murray will serve as UM Commencement speakers.

Gladstone is a Golden Globe Award winner and Academy Award nominee for her portrayal of Mollie Burkhart in “Killers of the Flower Moon.” Murray is a renowned educator, tribal elder and former college president working to protect and enhance Blackfeet culture.

UM alumni Lily Gladstone (left) and Carol Tatsey-Murray will receive honorary doctorates from the University this spring.

Gladstone image by Lindsay Siu; Tatsey-Murray by Tommy Martino

Both women are UM graduates. Gladstone earned an undergraduate degree in acting and directing with a minor in Native American studies in 2008. Murray earned an undergraduate degree in elementary education in 1982.

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