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Commencement 2016

The end of the school year is an exciting time to celebrate the successful completion of academic work and new adventures on the horizon. The entire Providence community enjoys this time of recognizing and honoring our seniors in particular. We applaud their growth and accomplishments as Providence graduates and send them off to colleges and universities across the country with prayers for God’s blessing and with our best wishes for continued success.


Senior Photo

May 21, 2016; 8:10 am

All seniors gather in semi-formal dress for a class photo. 

Senior Day at Disneyland

May 24, 2016

Senior Project Presentations

May 25, 2016, 8:10 am – 9:15 am
Christ Presbyterian Church, corner of Victoria and Anacapa

The top three senior projects will be presented to the school community and special guests. Prizes will be awarded. This is a time for celebrating all the seniors’ efforts by announcing their topics and theses. All interested are invited to attend. This year’s top researchers are:

  • Gabriel Clark, “Economic and Moral Arguments for Fracking”
  • Madison Niessen, “A Critique of Short-Term Missions”
  • Jacob Park, “The Legacy of Bob Dylan”

Providence Awards Night

May 26, 2016, 7 pm – 9 pm
Providence Upper Campus (Boys and Girls Club gymnasium), 630 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara  93103

An all-school ceremony recognizing top academic and athletic performances and other achievements of the school year. This event is for all students, grades 7-12, and their families. Light refreshments will be served following the program.

Chorale Awards 

time and place TBA

BBQ and awards for all Chorale members and their families. Contact Rebecca Hodson with any questions.

Senior Exams

June 1- 3, 2016

Senior Checkout

June 3, 2016 by 4 pm

Seniors must complete checkout (returning text books, gathering personal belongings) by 4 pm on Friday.

Senior Trip

June 6 – 8, 2016

This trip is a special time for seniors to enjoy their meaningful friendships with classmates, to reflect on their Providence experience, and to create new memories.

Senior/Parent Party

time and place TBA

Information on a Senior Class party, planned and hosted by parents, was emailed to families. Please contact Julia Niessen with any questions.

Final Exams (7 – 11)

June 7 – 9, 2016

End-of-term examinations for grades 7-11. School dismisses at 12:15 pm for middle school and 12:30 pm for high school on these minimum days.

Commencement Rehearsal

June 9, 2016, 10:30 am – 12 pm
Montecito Covenant Church, 671 Cold Springs Road, Santa Barbara  93108

Mandatory commencement rehearsal for all seniors, flag bearers, and other students participating in the commencement ceremony (with the exception of Chorale singers).

End-of Year BBQ & Yearbook Signing

June 9, 2016, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Providence Upper Campus

A BBQ lunch and time to socialize and sign yearbooks. This event is for all Providence students, including middle school, high school, and graduating seniors. The BBQ is free for students who purchased a yearbook and costs $5 for those who did not purchase a yearbook. (Please submit fee to Upper School Office.)

Baccalaureate Service

June 9, 2016, 6 pm – 7 pm
Christ Presbyterian Church, Victoria and Anacapa

New this year! A worship service planned and led by the seniors, reflecting on their spiritual growth while at Providence. Dr. Charles Farhadian will present a challenge to students and Mr. Randy Clark will present a challenge to parents.

Senior Gathering and Exit Interviews

June 10, 2016, 9 am – 11 am
Providence Upper Campus

A time for the seniors to formally share with  faculty and staff their thoughts and observations about their time at Providence.


June 10, 2016, 4 pm
Montecito Covenant Church, 671 Cold Springs Road, Santa Barbara  93108

All are welcome to attend this joyful, worshipful celebration of the members of our Senior Class as they receive their diplomas and commence the next stage of their educations. The speaker this year is Rolf Geyling, director of the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission.

Doors will open at 3:30 pm for seniors’  families for priority seating. Tickets are not required. All others may enter at 3:40 pm. Seats may be saved until 3:50 pm. Please be mindful that seating is limited and those arriving after 3:50 pm may not find a seat in the sanctuary.

Parking at Montecito Covenant is limited. Please carpool if at all possible. Overflow parking is available at Westmont College, a 10-minute walk from the church. 

A reception will follow the ceremony on the church grounds.

All seniors, flag bearers, and other students participating in the commencement ceremony, including Chorale singers, should be at Montecito Covenant Church by 3 pm.

A professional photographer will take at least one photo of each graduate as they receive their diploma. He is available to photograph family groups after the ceremony. Link to the online gallery

Directions to Montecito Covenant Church

Santa Barbara lodging suggestions

Senior Class Verse

“I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:14