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Carroll College graduation

In this May 14, 2016, file photo, Carroll College students find creative ways to celebrate at the 2016 graduation ceremony at Nelson Stadium.

It will be a busy graduation day in Helena Saturday, with both Carroll College and Helena College holding their 2017 commencement ceremonies.

Carroll College

Carroll College will hold its commencement ceremony on Saturday with 268 students graduating. Alumni from the classes of 1957 and 1967 will also be honored.

Associate Professor of Engineering, Mr. Gary Fischer, will provide remarks during the ceremony. Mr. Fischer was the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Teaching Award.

The class of 2017 senior speaker will be Chase Farrell of Spokane, Washington. Farrell, who is graduating with a major in business administration, was elected by his fellow classmates to speak on their behalf.

In addition, the college will be honoring the achievements of faculty and students with the Outstanding Teaching Award, Distinguished Scholar Award, Bishop Gilmore Memorial Award for Outstanding Scholarship, and the Michael Murphy Award for Outstanding Collegiate Citizenship.

At 10 a.m. baccalaureate Mass with be held at the Cathedral of St. Helena. Due to limited seating in the Cathedral, admission to the service is by ticket only. Doors to the Cathedral open at 8:30 a.m.

The commencement ceremony is at 2 p.m. Due to fire code regulations at the Carroll PE Center, guest tickets will be required for the 2017 commencement ceremony. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to select suitable seats. Doors to the PE Center open at 12:30 p.m.

The commencement will be streamed live at

Helena College

On Saturday 228 graduates will receive their certificates and degrees from Helena College University of Montana. Of these graduates, 123 have achieved honors status with cumulative grade point averages of 3.5 or higher and 10 will graduate with high honors having maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA. The ceremony will also recognize graduates receiving their high school diploma from the Access to Success program.

This year’s commencement ceremony speaker is Sarah Calhoun, the owner of Red Ants Pants, the executive director of the Red Ants Pants Foundation and the producer of the Red Ants Pants Music Festival. She has nearly two decades of leadership experience in both the nonprofit and small business sectors, working in the outdoor education industry before founding Red Ants Pants in 2006.

In 2012, Calhoun was named the National Women in Business Champion for the Small Business Administration. In 2011, President Obama invited her to attend a White House forum on jobs and economic development after serving as a U.S. Delegate to the APEC Women in Business Summit in San Francisco. Closer to home, she was honored when Governor Schweitzer named her the 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year for the State of Montana.

The commencement ceremony will take place in the Exhibition Hall at the Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds in Helena at 11 a.m. A reception for graduates and their families & friends will immediately follow the ceremony.


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