2017 Commencement - May 6, 2017
Students must fill out a graduation application and turn in their $100 application fee by April 1, 2017, for May 2018 graduation. For December 2017 graduation, the application deadline is April 1, 2017. There is a $25 late fee for applications received after those dates.
Students may also meet with the Office of Student Records the semester before their expected graduation date in order to review degree progression.
*Caps and Gowns
The cost of your cap and gown is included in your graduation application fee. Caps and gowns must be ordered through the Bookstore - 406.657.1091 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for ordering your regalia is February 28th. Do not miss this important deadline!! Caps and gowns can be picked up in the Bookstore beginning April 6th. If you are graduating with honors, the Registrar’s office will provide that information to the Bookstore.
Save the Date cards and personalized announcements may be ordered directly through the Jostens website: www.jostens.com. Generic announcements with a fillable degree card will be available in the Bookstore after March 31st. A limited quantity of generic announcements will be available. You are encouraged to order your personalized announcements directly through the Jostens website.
Class rings can be ordered online or through the Bookstore - 406.657.1091 or email@example.com. The Bookstore can answer any questions you may have about class rings. There will be special pricing on class rings during Grad Fair.
Grad Fair is a two-day celebration of your accomplishment and takes place in the Bookstore on April 6th and 7th! Pick up your cap and gown. Take advantage of your Alumni discount on gear. Register to win prizes. Sign the 2017 Graduation banner. Order your class ring. Get your questions answered!
Students who have received federal student loans are required to complete loan exit counseling online at nslds.ed.gov. You are encouraged to meet with the Financial Aid Office if you have additional questions. Please contact them at 406.657.1031 or in the lower level of Prescott Hall.
Students should be aware that the services provided by Career Services remain available to them as alumni. Examples include help with résumés and interviews skills; access to local, regional, and national job postings that are geared toward recent college graduates; and assistance formulating a job hunt strategy. You are encouraged to meet with Lisa Wallace in the Office of Career Services if you have additional questions. She can be reached in the Bair Family Student Center, or at 406.657.1039.
*Temporary Health Insurance
Students who are interested in temporary health insurance until they are employed are encouraged to stop by the Dean of Students Office or contact them at 406.657.1018.
Academic Awards Banquet
Tuesday, April 11th 5:30 p.m. -7:00 p.m. in McDonalds Common, Bair Family Student Center. This annual event honors students who have excelled academically throughout the year. If you plan to attend, please contact the Student Life Office at 406.657.1018 or stop by between the hours of 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. , Monday - Friday . Tickets can be picked up March 28th-April 10th.
Baccalaureate – May 5th, 7:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 2420 13th St. West, Billings
Senior Art Show –Exhibit Dates are April 13th-May 6th, Ryniker-Morrison Gallery in Tech Hall
Senior Art and Art Education majors will present their final art exhibits for the Rocky Mountain College community and the Billings community to view. All are invited to the closing reception on May 6, from 4-6 p.m . Come visit and celebrate with graduating seniors as they host their Senior Art Show. For more information, please contact Sally McIntosh, director of the Ryniker-Morrison Gallery, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., except on May 5 (Baccalaureate) and May 6 (Commencement) when the exhibit will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Gallery is closed during the Easter holiday, April 14-17.
2017 Commencement Weekend
Thursday, May 4th
|9:00 a.m.||Setup for ceremony begins|
Friday, May 5th
|12:00 p.m.||Ceremony Sound Check/Music Department Rehearsal in Fortin Gym|
|3:00 p.m.||Commencement Rehearsal – Fortin Education Center, Gymnasium|
|4:00 p.m.||RMC Alumni Association Champagne Toast - RMC Green|
|5:00 p.m.||Graduate and Family Reception, hosted by President and Mrs. Wilmouth – Great Room in Prescott Hall|
|7:00 p.m.||Baccalaureate Robing and Lineup – First Presbyterian Church, 2420 13th Street West|
|7:30 p.m.||Baccalaureate – First Presbyterian Church, 2420 13th Street West|
Saturday, May 6th
|10:00 a.m.||Commencement Rehearsal (extra)|
|10:30 a.m.||Graduate and Family Brunch – McDonald Commons, Bair Family Student Center|
|12:30 p.m.||Graduates, Platform Party, Faculty, Trustees arrive to dress for ceremony, Fortin Education Center, Small Gymnasium|
|1:00 p.m.||Commencement Ceremony – Fortin Education Center, Gymnasium|
|3:30 p.m.||Graduate Reception in Alumni Tent on the Green (immediately following ceremony)|
|4:00-6:00 p.m.||Closing reception for Senior Art Show - Ryniker-Morrison Gallery|
*Dress Code: Rocky Mountain College Commencement is a formal ceremony for staff, faculty, friends, and most importantly, students. The College therefore requires all students to adhere to a formal dress code for the ceremony; men are expected to wear dress slacks and dress shirts and women appropriate skirts, dresses, or slacks. As there is a significant amount of walking and standing during the ceremony, comfortable shoes are recommended, and flip-flops will not be allowed.
Each student participating in the ceremony is required to wear the provided cap and gown, and no personalization of the caps may be made. The College recognizes that many students would like to wear uniforms or other cultural dress, and this is encouraged and accepted at all other graduation events, as well as under the cap and gown during the commencement ceremony.
*Note: In keeping with the formal tradition of commencement, noisemakers such as airhorns or cowbells are not allowed into the ceremony. The College asks that you and your family/guests honor this request.