Graduation Information

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 graduation information and a complete list of commencement events is listed click here. Please contact the Registrar’s Office with any questions on this information.

Degree Candidates must RSVP no later than Friday, March  27, 2020 by using the link below. Commencement is open to the public and there are no tickets required for guests.

May 2020 Commencement Ceremony
Date: Saturday, May 2, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m. (MDT)
Location: McLaughlin Center Gymnasium

Baccalaureate Mass
Date: Friday, May 1, 2020
Time: 6:30 p.m. (MDT)
Location: St. Anne’s Cathedral

Degree Candidate RSVP

Faculty and Staff RSVP

***Live streaming will be made available on this page on the day of the Commencement ceremony for those degree candidates, family, and friends who cannot attend to the ceremony.***


General Information:

Gowns and Announcements – Deadline for Gown Orders: Friday, 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 on Wednesday, February 5th in the UP 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.

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.

  • Commencement Regalia Policy (PDF)

Class Portrait

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 will be available soon. (PDF) 

Commencement Events

For a complete list of Commencement Events throughout the week of April 27th – May 2nd click here.

  • These events include:
    • Master of Science in Counseling Pinning Ceremony
    • Nursing Pinning and Reception
    • 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. (PDF)

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


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 April 1, 2020.  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.


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.

Graduation Application Deadlines

        October 15 May Graduates & August Graduates
        April 15 December Graduates

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

Application for Graduation (PDF)


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

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