2016 Commencement - May 7, 2016
Students must fill out a graduation application and turn in their $100 application fee by April 1, 2015, for May 2016 graduation. For December 2015 graduation, the application deadline is February 1, 2015. There is a $25 late fee for applications received after those dates.
Students must also meet with the Office of Student Records the semester before their expected graduation date in order to review degree progression.
*Caps and Gowns: Caps and gowns will be available after April 10th in the RMC Bookstore. Announcements with degree card are $9.95 for a package of five, and will be available in the RMC Bookstore after March 31st. Personalized announcements (name and degree imprinted in the announcement) can be ordered directly through the Jostens website: www.jostens.com. Personalized "Save the Date" cards can also be ordered now through the Jostens website: http://bit.ly/217kV2H Class rings may also be ordered online or through the bookstore. Grad Fair is March 17th & 18th in the bookstore, with terrific specials for the graduates! If you have any questions, please contact the RMC Bookstore at 406.657.1091 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Financial Aid: 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 406.657.1096 or in the lower level of Prescott Hall.
*Career Services: 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 12th 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 Dean of Student's 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 by March 29th-April 11th.
Baccalaureate – May 6, 7:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 2420 13th St. West, Billings
Senior Art Show –Exhibit Dates are April 12th-May 7th, Ryniker-Morrison Gallery in Tech Hall
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 email@example.com.
Closing reception to honor the graduating seniors and their families will be held on Thursday, May 5th in Tech Hall from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. The RMC community is cordially invited to attend.
Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., except on May 6 (Baccalaureate) and May 7 (Commencement) when the exhibit will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
2016 Commencement Weekend
Thursday, May 5th
|9:00 a.m.||Setup for ceremony begins|
Friday, May 6th
|12:00 p.m.||Ceremony Sound Check/Music Department Rehearsal in Fortin Gym|
|2:00 p.m.||Setup for Ceremony Rehearsal in Fortin Gym|
|3:00 p.m.||Graduation 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 7th
|9:30 a.m.||Tentative 2nd rehearsal for students who missed Friday rehearsal in Fortin Gym|
|10:30 a.m.||Graduate and Family Brunch – McDonald Commons, Bair Family Student Center|
|11:15 a.m.||Student Greeters and Ushers to Fortin Gym for Ceremony Prep|
|12:30 p.m.||Graduates, Platform Party, Faculty, Trustees arrive to dress for ceremony, Fortin Education Center, Small Gymnasium|
|1:00 p.m.||Commencement – Fortin Education Center, Gymnasium|
|3:30 p.m.||Graduate Reception in Alumni Tent on the Green (immediately following ceremony)|
*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.