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Our History

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Our special logo celebrating our ninetieth anniversary combines symbolism
from throughout the history of the University. The central shield features the
Rocky Mountains of Montana, and sloping lines which symbolize both the fields
of Cascade County and the Great Falls of the Missouri River. These same lines are
featured on the official crest of the University, designed by Sister Mary Trinitas for
the College of Great Falls in the 1960’s. Behind the mountains is a rising light, a
reference to the lighted torch of knowledge which once adorned the original crest
of the College of Great Falls in 1934. These rays of light also serve as a reference to
the motto of the University of Providence: “In Thy Light, We See Light” (Psalm 36:9).
Central to our crest is the monogram of the University of Providence, emblazoned
with the Cross of Christ – the central symbol of the Christian faith and a proud
reference to our University’s Catholic Identity.