FOR RELEASE: May 1, 2018

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GREAT FALLS, MONTANA – The University of Providence is celebrating its 84th Commencement, and the first commencement under its new name, with the graduation of approximately 300 undergraduate students and 50 graduate students, on Saturday, May 5 at 10 a.m. in the McLaughlin Center gymnasium.

The Class of 2018 consists of nearly 80 Montana students and nearly 270 students from 20 other states. A number of international students from Germany, England, Mexico, Denmark, Canada, and Slovakia will march at Commencement as well.

Commencement activities kick off for graduates and their families on Friday, May 4, with a Nursing Pinning Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. at Trinitas Chapel followed by a reception at Meadowlark Country Club. A Counseling Pinning Ceremony starts at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4, in the McLaughlin Center, Fireside Conference Room. Festivities continue with an outdoor barbeque at 4:30 p.m., followed by a Baccalaureate Mass in Trinitas Chapel at 6:30 p.m.

The Commencement Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, with Sister Karin Dufault delivering the keynote address and receiving an honorary degree for her service. Dufault was the provincial superior of Sisters of Providence, Mother Joseph Province, and is now the general superior (congregational leader) of the Sisters of Providence international community. She is the 18th general superior of the congregation headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award will be announced, along with the 2018 Student Leadership Award recipient. A reception, open to all, will follow in the library.

The Class of 2018 includes:

  • Aja Anderson from Arvada, Colorado, a biology and forensic science major who was awarded the Laurie Henneman Outstanding Student Presentation Award for Best Undergraduate Research Oral Presentation at the Montana Academy of Science Annual Conference.
  • Molly Herron from Havre, a biology major who was awarded the Best Original Research Poster Presentation at the University of Providence Undergraduate Research Symposium and is recognized with Outstanding Achievement by a student in a major.
  • Colton Johns from Deer Lodge, a mathematics major and rodeo student athlete who is recognized with Outstanding Achievement by a student in a major.
  • Abby Knight from Charlo, a biology major who was awarded the Best Literature Review Poster Presentation at the University of Providence Undergraduate Research Symposium.

The University of Providence is a private Catholic university located in Great Falls, Montana. Founded in 1932, the university includes both a School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a School of Health Professions. For more information, go to www.uprovidence.edu.