With graduation less than a day away, more than 2,000 University of Montana students were moving to new quarters Friday afternoon.
Roads in and out of the university campus were jammed with trucks, trailers and push-carts full of belongings as UM's 1,050 female and 966 male campus residents scrambled to meet the Friday night deadline to close the dorms.
UM Residence Life Office Manager Robin Joseph said those graduating could have until Saturday to finish packing. Also, exceptions are made for international students whose flights don't leave until early next week.
Those staying for summer sessions will begin moving into Panzer Hall Saturday. At least 60 people were expected to take up rooms there as soon as they are available, Joseph said. Summer session classes begin May 27.
Outside Aber Hall, Anaconda freshmen and roommates Aaron Gransbery and Mike Taylor were tying down the last straps on their pickup-load of gear before the ride home. After carrying a pile of loose items down in a blue bookshelf, they found the shelf itself wouldnít fit in the truck.
"We're planning on leaving it in the Dumpster over there," Gransbery said.