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​2017 Commencement Weekend Schedule

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Friday, May 19, 2017

ROTC Commissioning at 4:00 p.m.
War Memorial Grotto 
Contact the Department of Military Science at 401-865-2471 for details.

Providence College: 100 years of Light - Featuring Waterfire Providence®​ at 7:00 p.m.
Waterplace Park
1 Finance Way
Providence, RI

Join with classmates, ​families, alums, college administration, and friends of the Friar Family for a celebration a century in the making. This once in a lifetime event, celebrating Providence’s College’s 100-year history is exclusive to this year’s Commencement celebration. The evening will include a 100-person procession and ring of fire lighting, musical performances, refreshments, gondola rides and camaraderie. WaterFire ® is an award-winning sculpture installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence and is a powerful work of art and a moving symbol of Providence’s renaissance. WaterFire’s ® over eighty sparkling bonfires, fragrant scent of aromatic wood smoke, flickering firelight on the arched bridges, silhouettes of the firetenders passing by the flames, torch-lit vessels traveling down the river, engage all the senses and emotions of those who stroll the paths of Waterplace Park. All graduates and their families are invited and encouraged to attend WaterFire ® and enjoy light bites at Skyline at Waterplace Park. Transportation for students will be provided from campus.  More information regarding the event will be forthcoming in January.  If you would like to learn more about Waterfire ® please visit their website at: 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Academic Awards Ceremony at 11:00 a.m
Peterson Recreation Center
(enter via the Concannon Fitness Center) 

Students receiving honors or awards are expected to attend.
All graduates and their families are invited to attend; tickets are not required.
Plan to be in your seat by 10:45 a.m.; the procession begins at 10:55 a.m.
The ceremony is approximately one and one-half hours in length.

Commencement Mass at 4:00 p.m.
Peterson Recreation Center
(enter via the Concannon Fitness Center)

  • All graduates must attend; an unlimited number of guests may attend.
  • Doors open at 3:00 p.m.; the procession begins at 3:40 p.m.
  • Late-arriving guests will not be seated until after the processional is completed.
  • An elevator is located in the lobby area of Peterson Recreation Center for guests with disabilities.


Family Reception at approximately 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  (following the Mass)
Slavin Center Lawn

  • All guests attending the Commencement Mass are invited to attend this reception.
  • No tickets are required.
  • Refreshments and light snacks will be available.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Commencement Exercises at 11:00 a.m.
Doors open at 9:00 a.m.  
Dunkin' Donuts Center
Downtown Providence


  • Doors open at 9:00 a.m.
  • The procession begins promptly at 10:30 a.m.
  • The sequence for the conferral of degrees is as follows: undergraduate B.A., B.S.; School of Continuing Education; Graduate Studies Program; and Honorary Degrees.
  • Commencement Exercises generally conclude by 1:30 p.m.


Please contact the Office of College Events at​ or 401-865-2344.​​