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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 see information for Graduation, Regalia, Class Portraits, Commencement Events, Diplomas, RSVPs and more.

2024 Commencement Ceremony

April 27, 2024 @ 10:00 a.m.

McLaughlin Center Gymnasium

A livestream of the ceremony can be found by clicking here, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Watching online? Click here to view our program.


Degree candidates who are planning to participate and did not RSVP prior April 1, 2024, must contact the Registrar’s Office to RSVP.

To RSVP email registrar@uprovidence.edu.

Commencement Events
  • GRADUATION LUNCHEON – Friday, April 26 • 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    University Library
  • NURSING & COUNSELING PINNING CEREMONY – Friday, April 26 • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    McLaughlin Center – Providence Forum, & Online link here.
  • EAGLE FEATHER CEREMONY – Friday, April 26 • 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Scholars Circle

    • Qualifying students should download the Proof of Descendancy Form and return to the Registrar’s Office by April 1, 2024.
  • STUDENT COMMENCEMENT REHEARSAL – Friday, April 26 • 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    McLaughlin Center Gymnasium
  • BACCALAUREATE MASS – Friday, April 26 • 4:00 p.m.
    McLaughlin Center Gymnasium, & Online link here.
  • SENIOR DINNER – Friday, April 26 • 5:30 p.m. (immediately following Baccalaureate Mass)
    University Center Conference Rooms | RSVP Required
  • COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY – Saturday, April 27 • 10:00 a.m.
    McLaughlin Center Gymnasium

    • All participants in the commencement ceremony may begin check-in at 8:15am. Participating faculty, students, and stage party should arrive by 8:30 a.m. to participate in the class photo at 8:45 a.m. Event will be live-streamed for remote viewing and link will be posted on the Commencement page of the UP website on the day of the ceremony.

A complete list of Commencement Events can be found HERE.

Regalia Information

All degree candidates are required to wear specific regalia for commencement. Orders can be placed through Balfour, online.  Regalia can be ordered online and shipped directly to the University (campus and commuter-based students), or shipped directly to your home address (distance students).   

Cap and Gown Order Deadlines:
  • Ship to School – March 3
    If selecting ‘ship to school’ as delivery option – please note required pick up time/day/location:

Thursday, April 11th
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
University Library

  • Ship to Home – March 24
    Utilize ship to home option if you are a distance student, or if you are unable to pick up your order on campus on April 11th.

Balfour Size Chart

Announcement Order Form

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. 

Guest Information

Graduates are welcome to bring guests, as we know that the presence of friends, family and mentors has been invaluable to our graduates.

  • Guests will be welcome to view the ceremony from the gymnasium stands.  Seating opens at 9:30 a.m. All guests should be seated by 10:00 a.m.
  • The ceremony is expected to last no longer than 2 hours.
  • Mask use is supported for those who choose to bring and wear a mask.
  • For those families with small children or anyone who does not want to view from within the gymnasium, we will not have a family room this year.
  • The ceremony will be live-streamed for guests to view, remotely.
2024 - Travel Accommodations

Archived Ceremonies

To view the live recordings of the most previous ceremonies, see below. Additional videos, such as Baccalaureate Mass, can be found on the @UniversityofProvidence, YouTube Channel.

2023 Commencement Ceremony - Live Stream

2022 Commencement Ceremony - Live Stream

2021 Morning Commencement Ceremony - Live Stream

2021 Afternoon Commencement Ceremony - Live Stream

Graduation Information

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 8 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*

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

Online Application for Graduation

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