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Upper School Convocation

Convocation (Latin for “calling together”) is a formal academic and spiritual service that officially launches the beginning of a school year. This event formally opens the Upper School academic year and is attended by all Upper School students and their families. All members of the Providence community and students of all grade levels are invited to attend. The 2018-2019 Convocation is August 21 at 5:30 pm at First United Methodist Church (corner of Garden and Anapamu Streets in downtown Santa Barbara). Please arrive early to find parking on adjacent streets or nearby city lots. Parking at the church is limited.Convo15

Providence Forum:  Engaging Ideas of Consequence

The Providence Forum speaker event bears the tagline “Engaging Ideas of Consequence,” reflecting our mission to seriously engage important and consequential ideas and issues of the day. A nationally prominent speaker headlines these events, which are fundraisers for Providence’s Tuition Angels student scholarship program, and are open to the public.

  • 2017 – Gabe Lyons with Jon Foreman (moved event from fall to spring of academic year)
  • 2015 – Bob Goff with Stephen Newby
  • 2014 – Eric Metaxas and Hugh Hewitt
  • 2013 – Benjamin Carson, M.D. 
  • 2012 – Eric Metaxas
  • 2011 – Louis Zamperini
  • 2010 – Dennis Prager

Providence Presents:  Topics That Matter to Parents

Providence Presents is a series of presentations by local experts for parents of pre-teens and teens, on topics relevant to these important years.

Past topics have included:

  • “Truths and Misconceptions about the World of Competitive Sports” with Matt Long
  • “Demystifying the College Admission Process” with Hayley Penton and Joyce Luy
  • “The World of Competitive Sports” with Steve Stokes
  • “Freedom in Parenting” with Jamie Lisea
  • “Does Your Vote Matter?” with Bruce Rottman
  • “Exploring the Digital Divide” with Lori Getz
  • “Sticky Faith,” presented by Dr. Kara Powell of the Fuller Youth Institute
  • “Tweets, Texts, & Teens” on the challenges of digital media, such as texting and social networks
  • “How to Talk with Your Children about Sex”
  • “How to Guide Your Children Spiritually”
  • “Friends and Frenemies” on supporting youth in their peer relationships
  • “Help! I’m the Parent of a Teenager” on stages of adolescent development
  • “Look before You Leep!” on youth sports
  • “How to Talk with Your Children about Drugs & Alcohol”
  • “Healthy Transitions in Parenting Adolescents”

Senior Thesis Project Finalists’ Presentations & Prizes

Senior Projects 2015Providence’s Senior Thesis project allows students to complete research under a faculty mentor on a topic of their choice.  The program culminates with a final paper that is presented and defended before a faculty panel. The top papers are presented orally before invited members of the Santa Barbara community. 

End-of-Year Awards, Events, and Commencement

The end of the school year provides numerous opportunities to celebrate the effort and success of Providence students in academics, athletics, clubs, and community service. The entire Providence community enjoys this time of recognizing and honoring all Providence students, and the graduating seniors in particular. Please click the link below for a full roster of year-end activities, including Senior Week and Commencement.