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Year-End and Commencement 2020

The Providence School Class of 2019

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 Project Finalists Presentations

Friday, May 15, 1:30 pm
Christ Presbyterian Church, corner of Victoria and Anacapa

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

2019 winners were:

Maggie Coffin – “Justice for the Jailed – Prison Reform”

Lauren West –  “Inside the Mind of the Anorexic: Addicted to Starvation”

Jake Yonally – “A Tiger by the Tail: Replacing the Federal Reserve System”

Spring Sports Awards Night

Friday, May 15, 6:00 pm
Providence San Roque campus, Parish Hall

Honoring all high school spring sports athletes and coaches and recognizing individual player achievements. This event is for all spring sports athletes and their families and anyone else who would like to attend. Potluck dinner.

Senior Day at Disneyland

Monday, May 18

Baccalaureate Chapel Service

Wednesday, May 20, 8:10 am – 8:50 am
Providence Canon Perdido Campus

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

Providence Awards Night & Art Show

Thursday, May 21, 7:00 pm
Santa Barbara Community Church, 1002 Cieneguitas Road

A ceremony recognizing top academic, artistic, 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 and student artwork will be on display.

Senior Final Exams

Wednesday–Friday, May 27-29
Providence Canon Perdido campus

Preschool & Lower School Spring Arts Event

Friday, May 29
Location TBD

Musical programs will showcase all the students have learned this year. This event is for all students, Room 1 through sixth grade, and their families. Student artwork will be on display. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy with other families.

Senior Dinner

Saturday, May 30

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

Senior Trip

Sunday–Tuesday, May 31–June 2

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 in Big Bear, California.

Final Exams (7–11)

Tuesday–Thursday, June 2–4

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.

Sixth-Grade Baccalaureate

Tuesday, June 2, 6:30 pm
Santa Barbara Community Church, 1002 Cieneguitas Road

An evening individually honoring sixth graders as they complete the lower school and move on to middle school. Every student makes a speech and parents are given an opportunity to honor and bless their child while reflecting on the significant growth since preschool or early elementary days. 

Lower School Field Day

Wednesday, June 3, 8:45 am–Noon
McKenzie Park

PreK Presentation & Preschool End-of-Year Picnic

Wednesday, June 3, 11:00 am–12:30 pm
Providence San Roque campus courtyard

Preschool students and parents are invited to gather to celebrate the growth and achievement of the year. A picnic follows a special presentation by the PreK class. Please contact Julia Davis with any questions.

Commencement Rehearsal

Wednesday, June 3, 1:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara, 21 East Constance Avenue, Santa Barbara  93105

Mandatory commencement rehearsal for all seniors.

Eighth-Grade Recognition Ceremony

Wednesday, June 3, 7 pm
Location TBD

A ceremony recognizing eighth graders as they complete the middle school and move on to high school. This event is for all eighth-grade students and their families. Light refreshments will be served following the program.

Lower School Moving-Up Ceremony

Thursday, June 4, 9 am-10 am
Providence San Roque Campus Quad, 3225 Calle Pinon

A ceremony recognizing the growth of every lower school student and promoting him or her to the next level. This event is for all lower school students (K-6) and their families. Light refreshments will be served following the program.

Sixth-Grade Recognition Ceremony

Thursday, June 4, 11 am
San Roque Catholic Church, 35 Argonne Circle (adjacent to Providence San Roque campus)

A ceremony recognizing sixth graders as they complete the lower school and move on to middle school. This event is specifically for all sixth-grade students and their families, but all who are interested are very welcome to attend.

Middle and High School BBQ & Yearbook Signing

Thursday, June 4, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Providence Canon Perdido campus

A BBQ lunch and time to socialize and sign yearbooks. This event is for all middle school and high school students, and graduating seniors. The BBQ is free for all students.

Senior Breakfast and Exit Interviews

Friday, June 5, 9 am – 11 am
Providence Canon Perdido campus

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


Friday, June 5, 4 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara, 21 East Constance Avenue

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.

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

All alumni of Providence, Providence Hall, Santa Barbara Christian School, and El Montecito School are invited to attend and to sit together in a reserved section. Please RSVP to Emilee Hurlbert, Alumni Coordinator, at ehurlbert@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 is available in the lot adjacent to the church.

A reception will follow the ceremony.

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 or she will be available to photograph family groups after the ceremony.

Directions to First Presbyterian Church

Santa Barbara lodging suggestions

Senior Class Verse



Class of 2019 on College Decision Day