May 18th Missoula will once again be hosting family and friends in celebration of the U of M’s class of 2013 graduation commencement ceremony. This ceremony takes place in the Washington Grizzly Stadium, making for a breath taking view Mount Sentinel and famous M trail for a backdrop as you watch your graduate complete their journey. The weekend is packed with celebration festivities both pre and post the general commencement. Along with all of these hosted events at the University the city itself offers and endless amount of events, making sure there is something for everyone!
Here is the general commencement schedule of events at a glance;
-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). Seemap 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).
-8 a.m. Gates open at Washington‐Grizzly Stadium.
-8:45 a.m. Degree candidates/graduates assemble for line‐up on the Oval.
-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.
Nature seems to roll out the carpet for this event, with the awakening of spring flowers, revived green slopes of the Missoula valley, and the rivers coming to life from the winter snow melts. Showing off the beautiful displays that Montana has to offer anyone who visits. We at Gibson Mansion love to welcome out of town family and friends, pampering them with all our luxury amenities during their stay. Less than 2 miles from the campus this makes for a close and quiet get-away, so don’t delay in booking your room!
Wanted to share a beautiful spring morning photo taken on the University of Montana campus this graduation weekend. The photo shows the tower of the Main Hall with Mount Sentinel in the back ground.
The main hall is located at the base of Mount Sentinel and the popular “M” trailhead . The hall is one of the many structures on campus designed by architect AJ Gibson, same architect of Gibson Mansion Bed and Breakfast.
Over the years we have hosted many families celebrating their sons/daughters graduation from the University of Montana. It is a joyous event, with the parents beaming from ear to ear as they see their child achieve this academic honor. This year was no different in that respect. We had Mom and Dad, Grandma’s from both sides, and the Aunt as well. The house was a buzz with laughter and celebration over their family members big day.
The difference this year was that Tom and I were not around to enjoy and personally host this weekends festivities. Tom and I stepped into the role that we have observed from the sidelines, becoming the grinning and proud parents of a graduate. Our baby graduated from University of Puget sound this past weekend!
It was a grand weekend with mother nature even smiling down on us…beautiful sunny weather in Tacoma,WA…that can be a rare event in itself. As the weekend unfolded with all of the different activities and ceremonies, I found myself reflecting on the past 21 years of my baby’s life. The good and the bad, the ups and downs and to see her now as a young women ready to take on the next journey of her life. I understood the actions I had observed over the years from other parents who had stayed with us. The smile on the face, yet the hint of misty eyes. As we came to the finale of the actual graduation ceremony, I sat in the grand stands and watched as all of our “baby’s” marched in with there black gowns and mortar boards….and yes the misty eyes were everywhere…but also to see grown adults jumping up and down and frantically waving at the sea of graduates trying to get the attention of their baby. It made me realize how we as parents will go to any measure to be apart of our children’s lives even if it means cheering from the sidelines. We are no longer in the director of children’s lives, those years are gone, but instead we are the cheerleaders in there future.
So Congratulations to our you graduates of the classes of 2009, but also congratulations to all you fellow parents out there for your graduation to the sideline.