Graduation Information

Commencement - May 4, 2019

Graduation Application

Students must fill out a graduation application and turn in their $100 application fee by April 1, 2019, for both December 2019 and May 2020 graduation. 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.

Graduation Photos

Photos from Rocky Mountain College’s graduation events are available at https://photos.rocky.edu/Graduation-Awards-Banquets. Click on the respective folders to view / purchase photos of this year’s Academic Awards, Alumni Champagne Toast, Baccalaureate, and Commencement events.

Important Information

*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. The deadline for ordering your regalia is February 28. Do not miss this important deadline. Caps and gowns can be picked up in the Bookstore beginning April 4. If you are graduating with honors, the Registrar’s office will provide that information to the Bookstore.

*Announcements

Save-the-Date cards and personalized announcements may be ordered directly through the Jostens website: www.jostens.com. Announcements are available on the Jostens website. Jostens has a cool selection of Save-the-Date cards that are affordable and easy to personalize! The official commencement announcement is only available on the Jostens website.  Questions? Call or visit the Bookstore. 

*Class Rings

Class rings can be ordered online at www.jostens.com or through the Bookstore.  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

Grad Fair is a two-day celebration of your accomplishment and takes place in the Bookstore, April 4 and 5. Pick up your cap and gown. Take advantage of your Alumni discount on gear. Register to win prizes. Sign the 2019 Graduation banner. Order your class ring. Get your questions answered!

*Financial Aid

Students who have received federal student loans are required to complete loan exit counseling online at https://studentloans.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.

*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.

Commencement Events

Academic Awards Banquet  
Tuesday, April 9 from 5:30 p.m. -7:00 p.m. in the Bair Family Student Center cafeteria. 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 9th.

Baccalaureate – May 3, 7:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 2420 13th St. West, Billings

Senior Art Show –Exhibit Dates are April 11-May 4, 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. For more information, please contact Helen Tolliver, director of the Ryniker-Morrison Gallery, at framehut@framehut.com.

Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., except on May 3 (Baccalaureate) and May 3 (Commencement) when the exhibit will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

2019 Commencement Weekend

Thursday, May 2

9:00 a.m.

Setup for ceremony begins


Friday, May 3

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 - East of Fortin Education Center


4:00 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 4

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 East of Fortin Education Center (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 the commencement ceremony, noisemakers (such as airhorns or cowbells), signs, banners and balloons are not allowed. The College asks that you and your family/guests honor this request.

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