Centennial Celebrations

Take a look at videos, photos, stories, and social media from events during the College’s centennial year.

Rev. James Martin, S.J. discusses the dual natures of Jesus

Cardinal Dolan praises John Paul II’s role in advancing Catholic-Jewish relations

New Student Family Weekend photo gallery

Harkins Hall Cake

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin discusses the qualities of presidential leadership

The Celebration of the Century, captured on social media

Friar 5K social media

The Harkins Hall cake

Master storyteller Mike Leonard ’70 creates a centennial film about Providence College

Academic Convocation Day on social media

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Centennial Stories

Milestones big and small mark Providence College’s first century, but some things remained constant — strong leadership, academic excellence, and a community built on faith that celebrates success and perseveres through tragedy. Here’s a look at some moments from those first 100 years.

LEGACY IN FRIARTOWN: Bryan Donovan ’20 and Drew Ford ’20 share their unique perspective on the 1986-87 Friars  

The Blizzard of 1978

The legacy of athletic trainer Mal Brown ’33

Remembering the Aquinas fire

Vatican conference, Urbano’s resolve lead to Jewish-Catholic series 

College’s ROTC develops character, leaders dedicated to serving nation   

The Veridames: ‘The Ladies of Truth at Providence College’ 

SCE changing lives for 100 years and counting  

Maureen Corcoran ’79 and her family story

The Establishment and Naming of Providence College

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Family Day

Saturday, April 8, 20179 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Various locations on campus

On Family Day, accepted students and their families come to campus to learn more about PC’s academic programs and opportunities for student involvement here. Academic…

Rev. Doyle Special Collection Event

Tuesday, April 18, 20175 p.m.
Location: Fiondella Great Room

This event will celebrate the life, service, and heroism of Rev. Edward P. Doyle, O.P. Father Doyle was a faithful Friar: a PC student who…

St. Catherine of Siena Lecture

Tuesday, April 18, 20174 p.m.
Location: Aquinas Lounge

Sister Barbara Reid, O.P., vice president and academic dean at Catholic Theological Union, will speak about “Seeking the Truth that Sets Us Free.” The St.…


Saturday, April 22, 2017
Location: TBA

FUSION (Friars United for Service In Our Neighborhood) was developed by the College’s Providence President’s Council and was launched in 2007 as part of a…

Centennial Galleries Exhibition: Assaf Evron

Thursday, April 27, 20175 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Reilly Gallery, Smith Center for the Arts

ON THE WALL: ASSAF EVRON Reilly Gallery, Smith Center for the Arts run from April 27 – July 29, 2017 Public Reception: Thursday, April 27, 6–8pm…

Ryan Center for Business Studies Dedication

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Location: TBA

Celebrate the Arthur and Patricia Ryan Center for Business Studies, the new home to the Providence College School of Business, scheduled to open in January…

SCE Graduation and Recognition Dinner

Thursday, May 18, 20176:30 p.m.
Location: '64 Hall

The annual recognition dinner celebrating achievements of graduating students in the School of Continuing Education.

ROTC Commissioning

Friday, May 19, 20174 p.m.
Location: War Memorial Grotto

The Providence College ROTC Patriot Battalion will host a commissioning ceremony for those Class of 2017 graduates beginning careers as U.S. Army officers.

Providence College: 100 Years of Light featuring Waterfire Providence®

Friday, May 19, 20178 p.m.
Location: Waterplace

A celebration during Waterfire of the College’s centennial. Proceeds from this event will benefit the PC Fund.

Academic Awards Ceremony

Saturday, May 20, 201711 a.m.
Location: Peterson Recreation Center

Commencement weekend begins with the annual Academic Awards Ceremony, at which honors and awards will be presented to members of the Class of 2017. Note:…