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Year-End and Commencement 2017

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 Day at Disneyland

Monday, May 22

Senior Project Finalists Presentations

Wednesday, May 24, 8:15 am
Christ Presbyterian Church, corner of Victoria and Anacapa

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

  • Junia WorkComrade or Revolutionary? A Study of the Music of Shostakovich
  • Caleb JonesIf You Have Nothing to Hide, Do You Have Nothing to Fear? An Examination of the National Security Administration and Privacy Rights
  • Isabelle MarchandEnsuring Immunities or Abridging Immunities: Exploring the Vaccine Debate through the Lenses of Liberty and Faith

Providence Awards Night

Thursday, May 25, 7 pm – 9 pm
Santa Barbara Community Church, 1002 Cieneguitas Road

A 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

May 31 – June 2

Senior Checkout

Friday, June 2, by 4 pm

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

Senior Trip

June 5 – 7

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 Dinner

Saturday, June 3

Information on a Senior Class dinner, planned and hosted by parents, is emailed to senior families. Please contact Pam Beebe with any questions.

Final Exams (7 – 11)

June 6 – 8

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

Thursday, June 8, 10:30 am – 12 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara, 21 East Constance Avenue, Santa Barbara  93105

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

Baccalaureate Service

June 8, 2017, 6 pm – 7 pm
Christ Presbyterian Church, Victoria and Anacapa

A worship service planned and led by the seniors, reflecting on their spiritual growth while at Providence. 

Senior Gathering and Exit Interviews

Friday, June 9, 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.

End-of Year BBQ & Yearbook Signing

Friday, June 9, 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.)


June 9, 2017, 4 pm
NEW LOCATION! First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara, 21 East Constance Avenue, Santa Barbara  93105

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 Shelene Bryan, author of Love, Skip, Jump

All former Board members of Providence, Providence Hall, and Santa Barbara Christian School are invited to attend and participate in the opening procession. Board emeriti will be given a special cord to wear and seating will be reserved for you and your family. Please RSVP to Elaine Rottman, Director of Advancement, at erottman@providencesb.org.

All alumni of Providence, Providence Hall, and Santa Barbara Christian School are invited to attend and to sit together in a reserved section. Please RSVP to Elaine Rottman, Director of Advancement, at erottman@providencesb.org.

Tickets are not required. Doors will open at 3:30 pm for seniors’  families for priority seating. All others may enter at 3:40 pm. Please be mindful to arrive and park in time to be in your seat before the procession begins at 4 pm. 

Parking at First Presbyterian Church is available in the lot adjacent to the church.

A reception will follow the ceremony in the Christian Fellowship Center.

All seniors, flag bearers, and other participants in the commencement ceremony, including Chorale singers, should be at First Presbyterian 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.

Directions to First Presbyterian Church

Santa Barbara lodging suggestions

Senior Class Verse

“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:57-58