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Cap-and-gown crew expects last-minute rushPosted at 5:45 p.m. May 16
Kevin Aldrich points out the name pronunciation Josten's cap and gown set to a University of Montana graduate Friday afternoon, as the last-minute preparations for Saturday's graduation ceremonies ticked off. Between 100 and 200 of the roughly 1,200 graduates are predicted to forget their caps and gowns until Saturday morning. ROB CHANEY/Missoulian

Despite requirements for advance payments and lots of public notice, a steady trickle of soon-to-be-graduates were still finding their way to the University of Montana Bookstore Friday afternoon to find their caps and gowns.

At the Josten's graduation desk, Jim Netz predicted between 100 and 200 students would squeak in Saturday morning for a last-minute fitting. On Friday, several students asked if they could pay cash for a cap and gown because theyíd forgotten to pre-order. Others were looking for the counter where generic graduation announcements were available. And a few were prowling the stacks looking for summer semester text books.

About 1,200 students will graduate at the two main ceremonies Saturday. However, the local Jostens representatives took orders for 1,800 bachelor-of-arts robes and about 400 more advance-degree trappings. Although the caps and gowns have been available for two weeks, Friday was the biggest rush of business so far.

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