Finals, Commencement, BFA, MFA Receptions

Commencement sign


General Information

The final week of the semester is scheduled in two-hour segments, one segment for each course.  The final week segments should be considered as class meetings, to be treated by the instructor as they deem appropriate.

Classes with a start time of 4:10 p.m. follow the regular daytime final schedule, or if the class meeting extends past 5:00 p.m., the evening final week schedule.  All classes starting after 5:00 p.m. must follow the evening final week schedule.

The Provost’s Office indicates that the final examination week is the only time period during which final examinations are to be given.  Under no circumstances is a final examination to be given during the week preceding the final week.

Relief from Writing Three or More Final Exams in the Same Day

Students may seek relief from writing more than two final examinations during the same day.  Students who are scheduled for more than two final examinations on one day may contact the instructor to request/arrange for an alternate testing time during the final examination week.  If satisfactory arrangements cannot be made, the student should seek the assistance of his or her dean.

Common Finals

Some courses, particularly large introductory courses, schedule common finals for multiple sections.  This information is shared with students in the course syllabus for those specific courses.  Students are responsible for reading the syllabus and knowing when the final will be given.

Courses meeting at 9:40, 12:40, or 3:40 can use the finals time slot of the preceding hour or the following hour.  For example, a class meeting 9:40 – 11:00 can schedule the final according to the 9:10 or the 10:10 schedule.


The hour and day on which the final examination meeting occurs is scheduled according to the day of the week on which the class normally meets.  
Hour on which class has met during the semester    If the class meets daily, 4 times a week, or M, MWR, MWF, MF, MW, MTW, WF, TWF, MR, TW, TWR,WR, W, F or MT, the final exam will be held at this time                                           If the class meets TR, T, R, MTR, RF, TRF, R, or TRS, the final exam will be held at this time Meeting date for the final exam


10:10-12:10 8:00-10:00 Monday, May 13


10:10-12:10 8:00-10:00 Tuesday, May 14


10:10-12:10 8:00-10:00 Wednesday, May 15


10:10-12:10 8:00-10:00 Thursday, May 16


10:10-12:10 8:00-10:00 Friday, May 17


3:20-5:20 1:10-3:10 Monday, May 13


3:20-5:20 1:10-3:10 Tuesday, May 14


3:20-5:20 1:10-3:10 Wednesday, May 15


3:20-5:20 1:10-3:10 Thursday, May 16
Courses meeting Saturdays only will schedule finals on the Saturday preceding finals week.
EVENING FINAL SCHEDULE Hour on which class has met during the semester (all p.m.) Time of final exam (all p.m.)
Evening classes meet the same day(s) during finals week as they met during the semester. 4:10 5:30-7:30
5:10 5:30-7:30
6:10 7:40-9:40
7:10 7:40-9:40
8:10 7:40-9:40


Congratulations to all of our graduating students! Please note that the CVPA commencement ceremony will be held in the Montana Theatre on Saturday, May 18th at 2:00pm.  Tickets are required to attend this event; art students should see Ed Morrissey for tickets.  Here is a complete breakdown of the big day:

Saturday, May 18, 2013 Washington Grizzly Stadium

 7:25 a.m.  ASUM Transportation begins continuous bus service to campus from Park‐N‐Ride locations – East Broadway Route and South Route (Dornblaser Field). See map on Commencement website.

7:30 a.m.  Coffee with the Class of 2013 – Hosted by President Royce C. Engstrom. Free continental breakfast for degree candidates/graduates, their families and faculty (University Center Atrium).

7:45 a.m. Special golf cart transportation to the stadium begins for mobility impaired individuals and individuals with disabilities. Pick‐up Locations include Adams Center parking lot and the University Center Parking Garage.

8  a.m. Gates open at Washington‐Grizzly Stadium.

8:45 a.m.  Degree candidates/graduates assemble for line‐up on the Oval.

9  a.m.  Faculty members assemble for line‐up on the Oval between the Liberal Arts Building and Jeanette Rankin Hall. Platform Party participants don academic regalia in University Hall (President’s Office) and assemble for line‐up outside University Hall.

9:30 a.m. All guests should be seated in the west seating area of Washington‐Grizzly Stadium.

9:30 a.m.  Faculty, degree candidates/graduates and platform party begins processional from the Oval to their respective stadium seating areas.

10  a.m.   Central ceremony begins (Washington‐Grizzly Stadium).

11:15 a.m. Central ceremony concludes with platform party, faculty and students recessing. After recessional, guests disperse to attend ceremonies that follow.

11:15 a.m. Commencement Brunch begins at University Center Food Court dining room. (Reservations preferred. See Commencement website for details)

11:15 a.m.Various venues, galleries, museums and SpectrUM open until mid‐afternoon. See Commencement website for details.

Noon Individual College of Arts and Sciences departments and Missoula College (formerly College of Technology) ceremonies begin at various locations.

2 p.m.  Individual Professional Schools’ ceremonies begin at various locations.

4:25 p.m. Bus service ends (ASUM Transportation) from Park‐N‐Ride locations – East Broadway Route and South Route (Dornblaser Field). See map on Commencement website.

BFA Reception:

The School of Art will host a closing reception for the BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition on Friday, May 17 from 3:00-4:30pm in the GVA.  We welcome our students, their families and friends to attend this celebratory event!


MFA Reception:

The good folks at Voncommon (Suite 316 of the Radio Building on 127 E. Main St.) will be hosting a reception for our graduating MFA students.  Check this out:


Thanks for an amazing year:

“I look forward to an America which will steadily raise the standards of artistic accomplishment and which will steadily enlarge cultural opportunities for all of our citizens.”   – President Kennedy, Amherst College, October 1963

Congratulations to our graduating seniors and to everyone who helped make this an amazing year filled with art, culture, education, accomplishment, and life enriching experiences for all of us here in the School of Art. Good luck with finals. Go make some art.