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Graduation & Commencement

Thank you for choosing the University of Providence; we are proud to have supported you on this academic journey!

In this section, you will information for Graduation, Regalia, Class Portraits, Commencement Events, Diplomas, RSVP and more.

Commencement Events

All degree candidates are required to wear specific regalia for commencement. Orders can be placed through Balfour. A representative from Balfour will be on campus on Wednesday, February 5th in the UProvidence Library from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to take orders and to distribute regalia. Students who cannot make it to campus will be able to order online using the order form listed below. 

Announcements can also be ordered through Balfour, by clicking the Link below. 

Regalia Policy

The University has established a regalia policy for which all degree candidates must comply. Please be familiar with the policy to understand what is permitted and what is prohibited. The regalia policy states that only recognized regalia is permitted to be worn from the neck down. This means that honor cords or stoles earned from another institution, country flags, etc., may not be worn at any point during the commencement ceremony. 

Class Portait

The 2020 class picture will be taken before the commencement ceremony. To be included in the class picture, you must be in the gymnasium by 8:30 a.m. An individual portrait with you and the president shaking your hand will also be taken during the ceremony. If you wish to place an order, we have contracted with Wright Photography, who can be reached at (406) 788-1249 with any questions. Other photo packages are available and Wright Photography will have a table in the entryway of McLaughlin Center following the ceremony to discuss options. Due to the size of our graduating class, you are encouraged to pre-order your photos prior to the ceremony

Commencement Events

These events include: 

  • Master of Science in Counseling Pinning Ceremony 
  • RN-BSN Pinning Ceremony 
  • Student Commencement Rehearsal 
  • Graduation BBQ 
  • Baccalaureate Mass 
  • Commencement
Diploma Information

Diplomas can be expected to be received within the following time frame: 

  • Spring Graduates– Mid-July 
  • Summer Graduates– Mid-October 
  • Fall Graduates– Mid-February  


*Please note that for initial diploma orders upon graduation, there is not a way to rush or expedite the order from the time frame listed above. 

If you would like to order a replacement diploma or a second copy of your diploma, please use this replacement order form.

The University of Providence does not retain copies of the Diplomas.

Academic Honors

Academic honors are based on the calculation of your cumulative UP grade point average for the last semester in which the graduate completes his/her degree. If you are a bachelor seeking student you must earn a minimum of 50 credits from the University of Providence for honors consideration. For May and August graduation applicants, honor designations listed in the commencement program will be based on your most current cumulative GPA as of the April before your commencement ceremony. Academic honors are noted in the program and signified by wearing gold cords during the ceremony. Honor cords can be picked up in the Argo Central Office beginning Monday, April 6 and will also be available at Baccalaureate and the day of Commencement at the check-in table. Applicable honors are listed on your Commencement RSVP cover letter.

Graduation Application

Any student completing degree requirements in December, May or August of the current academic year is eligible and encouraged to participate in the May commencement ceremony, which is the single ceremony for degree candidates, per academic year. A graduation application and application fee of $90.00 is required in order to be considered as a degree candidate.

October 15th- May & August Graduates*

April 15th- December Graduates*

Application for Graduation

*For late applications, please contact the Registrar’s Office. 

Need Additional Assistance?

Registrar’s Office

Argo Central
Email registrar@uprovidence.edu