Commencement Events

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

Below is information pertaining to our commencement events. Please contact the Registrar’s Office or the listed contact with any questions on this information.

For general graduation information, please click here.


Commencement Events and Important Dates

GOWNS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS – Deadline for Gown Orders: Monday, March 31, 2020

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 Friday, 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.

  • Balfour Size Chart (PDF)
  • Cap and Gown Order Form (PDF)

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

DEGREE CANDIDATE RSVP DUE – Friday, March 27, 2020

Use this link to RSVP.

COUNSELING PINNING CEREMONY – Friday, May 1, 2020  TBA  – McLaughlin Center, Fireside Conference Room.

A pinning ceremony celebrating all Master of Science in Counseling degree candidates will be held in the McLaughlin Center, Fireside Conference Room.

STUDENT COMMENCEMENT REHEARSAL – Friday, May 1, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. – McLaughlin Center, Gymnasium

All degree candidates are encouraged to attend the commencement rehearsal, as it will familiarize you with the commencement ceremony flow, including the processional, and recessional. If you cannot make it to the rehearsal, please review this rehearsal document. (PDF)

GRADUATION BBQ – Friday, May 1, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. – University Center, Conference Room

Graduates and their families are encouraged to attend the UProvidence Graduation BBQ sponsored by the TRIO Center.

BACCALAUREATE MASS – Friday, May 1, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. – St. Ann’s Cathedral

Baccalaureate Mass is open to all degree candidates and their families, regardless of religious tradition. Candidates will assemble by 6:15 p.m. In the Heisey Center.    Graduation gowns are worn for this service. 

In 1857, the Sisters of Providence, under the direction of Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart, founded the first of many Providence schools in the American West. Rooted in a desire to bring young people to an experience of Christ, the Sisters of Providence called their students to the pursuit of knowledge, while building in each a sense of obligation to be of compassionate service to others. At the end of each academic year, the Sisters would celebrate the achievements of their graduates by thanking God for the gift of each student and presenting each with a gold pin depicting the crest of their Providence school. Today, the University of Providence continues this nearly 170 year old tradition.

Shuttle transportation will be provided from the University to St. Ann’s Cathedral.

If you plan on participating, please indicate your attendance on your commencement RSVP. Direct any questions about Mass to

COFFEE AND DONUTS – Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.      McLaughlin Center, Fitness Center

Graduates are invited to start the morning with coffee and donuts before assembling for the class photo and ceremony.

COFFEE  for families – Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.      McLaughlin Center, Argo Cafe

Families and guests are invited to purchase coffee that will be provided by Great Falls Central Catholic High School.

CLASS PORTRAIT – Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.     McLaughlin Center,  Gymnasium

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 Photo Order Form (PDF)

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY – Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.     McLaughlin Center, Gymnasium

All candidates participating in the commencement ceremony are to be assembled by 9:30 a.m. in the McLaughlin Center, Fitness Center. Graduates must check in and line up in program order. Those students receiving both an associate and bachelor degree will line up in the order of the bachelor degree and students receiving both a bachelor and master degree will line up in the order of the master degree.  Please make sure you have your cap and gown before graduation because the Registrar’s Office does not provide these items.

A check-in table will be located in the lobby of the McLaughlin Center.  When you check in, an index card will be given to you that contains your name and degree information.  Please review this information and make sure it is correct.  If your name is hard to pronounce, please include a sound pronunciation (i.e. Racicot sounds like Ros-coe).

No tickets are required for the commencement ceremony and all guests are welcome to attend.  Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis in the gymnasium bleachers.  Individuals with disabilities or a need for floor seating should plan to arrive at 9:20 a.m.  General seating in the gymnasium will be available at 9:30 a.m. Information regarding parking will be coming posted soon.

COMMENCEMENT RECEPTION – Saturday, May 2, 2020     University Center

The Commencement Reception will be held in the University Center immediately following the ceremony.  Please bring your family and friends to the reception hosted by the Alumni Office and University of Providence Guild. The graduates will also have an opportunity to view and take photos of their pre-purchased engraved alumni brick. There will be an opportunity for graduates to buy an alumni brick at the time of the reception. Bricks are being sold at a discounted price of $250 for the Class of 2020 Almuni during this limited time.


Blank diploma covers will be presented during the ceremony.  May graduates must have completed all coursework and submitted all transfer transcripts to the Registrar’s Office by June 15, 2020.  August graduates must have completed all course work and submitted all transfer transcripts to the Registrar’s Office by September 15, 2020.  Diplomas for May graduates will be ordered in June and diplomas for August graduates will be ordered in September.  Diplomas take approximately two weeks after the order is placed and will ship to the address you provided on your graduation application. If you need to change the address, please contact the Registrar’s Office prior to June 1.  Starting May 13, degrees will be posted for May graduates.  Due to the volume of graduates, the auditing process will take at least a month.  Therefore, before degree verification takes place for either May or August graduates please contact the Registrar’s Office to make sure your degree is posted.  If you are indebted to the Business Office your diploma and transcript will be held in the Registrar’s Office and will be released only after authorization from the Business Office.


Need additional assistance? Contact the Registrar’s Office today.

Office location: Argo Central, University Center
Phone: 406-791-5202
Fax: 406-791-5209 fax