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Graduation Information for Graduate Students

Graduation Students

December 2019 & May 2020 Graduation

Degrees are conferred in December and May for all graduate programs. It is your responsibility to anticipate the completion of your degree and to make a timely submission of the Declaration of Intent to Graduate during your final semester of study. If your program of study requires a thesis or comprehensive exam, it is recommended that you consult with your program director regarding the timing of graduation. For most degree candidates, it is recommended that the Declaration of Intent to Graduate be submitted in your last semester of course work. For candidates completing their studies over the summer session, it is recommended that you declare your intention for the May graduation prior to the summer session.

Please submit this form to your program director or to the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate & Graduate Studies by the deadline specified below. The form must be accompanied by an administrative graduation fee of $220.00. Given that the College hosts one Commencement Ceremony annually, December graduates are encouraged to participate in the May Commencement of the following calendar year. The Office of Undergraduate & Graduate Studies, in consultation with the graduate program directors, determines whether a candidate has met all degree requirements for the awarding of the appropriate degree.

Administrative Graduation Fee: $220.00 (required of all candidates)


Graduation Class: December 2019
Application Deadline: Friday,  October 18, 2019
Commencement: May 17, 2020

Graduation Class: May 2020
Application Deadline: Friday,  February 14, 2020
Commencement: May 17, 2020

Declaration of Intent to Graduate 2019 2020 – APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED

Commencement 2020 Update

Dear Members of the Graduate School, Class of 2020:

I want to provide you with an update on your Commencement, and the steps we have taken to ensure that  you and your families, along with the College’s faculty and staff, will have a fulfilling and enjoyable opportunity to celebrate your wonderful achievements.

As you know, we announced a few weeks ago that the current COVID-19 pandemic forced us to postpone your Commencement celebration originally scheduled for May 17. After discussing the feasibility of alternative scenarios with our event planning team, the Cabinet, and Commencement venue administrators, I am pleased and excited to notify you that we have arranged to hold a traditional, in-person Commencement at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence on Saturday, October 31.  We also have scheduled your Commencement Mass to be celebrated on Friday, October 30 at the Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul, a magnificent church in downtown Providence.

Also, I plan to confer your degrees on Sunday, May 17, as a virtual event. This virtual conferral or formal acknowledgment of the completion of your degree requirements will allow you to reference your Providence College degree as having been awarded to you on that date.

Our College Events Office team is working on all necessary logistics for the conferral of degrees, the Commencement Mass, and Commencement.  College Events will connect with you soon with a finalized schedule, including information on academic attire, tickets, hotels, and other logistical matters to help you plan accordingly.  For now, I wanted to bring you this good news, as I believe it represents a ray of light and hope during these dark and uncertain times.

I continue to pray for your health and safety, as I do for that of our entire College community. I wish each of you and your families a very holy and blessed Easter. May God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, who traveled His own dark and uncertain road to Calvary, continue to bless us all with His peace and His Grace.


Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P.