University of Montana graduates 1,800 students in spring commencement ceremony

Skylar Rispens

Students returned to the Adams Center for spring commencement from the University of Montana after the pandemic disrupted ceremonies for the last two years.

The university produced nearly 1,800 degree candidates this semester, who were celebrated in two graduation ceremonies on Saturday. Both ceremonies were livestreamed online as well.

Many graduates began their academic journeys at UM four years ago in 2018 — the same year Seth Bodnar took the reins as president of the university.

“It’s been my privilege to learn, adapt and grow alongside each of you as we navigated challenges that had not been seen before in our lifetime,” Bodnar said. “You know, it is a significant achievement to earn a UM degree under any circumstances, but to do so while enduring the tremendous disruptions of a global pandemic that upended nearly every aspect of our lives, well, that is remarkable.

“So congratulations and I hope you are very proud of what you’ve achieved,” he continued.

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