Bryan Larson, a Montana Tech alumnus, will be the university’s commencement speaker on Saturday, May 6, 2023. The university will award 329 degrees and certificates to 305 students.
Larson will speak at both university commencement ceremonies. The first will be at 10:00 am for graduate students (except Ecological Restoration), doctoral students, and School of Mines and Engineering (SME) graduates. The second ceremony will begin at 1:00 pm for master’s degree graduates in Ecological Restoration, College of Letters Sciences and Professional Studies, and Highlands College graduates.
Larson began his tenure at Stryker, a Fortune 500 medical technology company, in 1997 after graduating from Montana Tech with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Science and Associate Degree in Business. He worked his way up from Manufacturing Engineer to Production Unit Manager, to Research and Development Manager, to Director of Research and Development, then Vice President of Research and Development, to his current role as the Vice President of Product Excellence for the Endoscopy Division of Stryker. He is also a co-chair of the Stryker Corporation Research and Development Council.
“We are delighted to have Bryan as our commencement speaker,” noted Montana Tech Chancellor Les Cook. “He has had an incredibly successful career and continued to be actively involved with Montana Tech throughout this time. I know his words of advice and inspiration will be a treat for our graduates.”
Following graduation from Montana Tech, Larson earned his MBA from Santa Clara University and has completed executive programs at Harvard Business School and Stanford University.
Larson was born in North Dakota and grew up in Gillette, Wyoming, where he earned his Eagle Scout in 1989 and graduated from Campbell County High School in 1992. He played defensive end on the Oredigger football team from 92-96, earning first-team NAIA Academic All-American and first-team NAIA All- American honors. He was team captain in 95 and 96 and was inducted into the Montana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.
Larson continues to passionately support Montana Tech with a strong affinity for Digger football, attending the annual Montana Tech Jackpot Trip since 2004. Larson is the current chair of the Montana Tech Foundation and has served on the board since 2016.
Larson’s wife Kimberly was Stryker’s Senior Director of Human Resources for 22 years. They have been married for 20 years this May and have two daughters, Logan (15) and Brooke (10).Montana Tech's 2023 ceremonies can be viewed in person in the HPER or video live stream. For more information, please visit https://www.mtech.edu/academics/services/enrollment/commencement