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Homecoming looks very different in Friartown this year. But as our campus community stays safe and secure, families are invited to come together for several virtual events. Don’t forget to register or add a calendar reminder for our live events.   

Looking for the full list of Homecoming at Home events? Visit the schedule page.     

Featured Events

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State of the College

4 p.m. ET | Friday, Oct. 2

President Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard, O.P. ’78 & ’82G will share news from the College in a discussion led by Rev. James Cuddy, O.P. ’98, vice president for mission and ministry.

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Family Talk Tuesdays

Every Tuesday

Throughout October, parents and guardians can learn from staff and administrators across the College about the ways to ensure your student’s success.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Roundtable  

7 p.m. ET | Wednesday, Oct. 7

Join an open conversation about the important and creative work being done at PC to support the College’s development toward becoming a beloved community.  

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Events of Special Interest to Students and Families   

President’s Welcome and State of the College | All Classes 
Friday, Oct. 2 | 4 p.m.             

President Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard, O.P. ’78 & ’82G will offer a welcome to the academic year and share news from the College in a discussion led by Rev. James Cuddy, O.P. ’98, PC’s vice president for mission and ministry.

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Homecoming Sunday Mass | All Classes 
Sunday, Oct. 4 | 11 a.m.

Tune in to a special Mass celebrated by College President Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard, O.P. ’78 & ’82G and members of the Dominican community. 

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Study Abroad Fair | Classes of ’22, ’23, and ’24     
Monday, Oct. 5,  4 – 8 p.m.  

The Center for Global Education will host more than 60 virtual events this semester to inform students about study abroad opportunities. One highlight will be the Study Abroad Fair on Monday, Oct. 5, from 4–8 p.m. on Handshake. This event will provide students with the chance to speak with representatives from around the world to learn more about their programs. PC seniors who went abroad will be present to share their own experiences.

Family Talk Tuesdays – Session 1 | Class of 2024                                           


Families as Partners: Working Together to Promote New Student Success  

Parents are important partners in the development of first-year students. Learning to navigate this challenging time can be difficult, rewarding, and anxiety-provoking. This session, led by Jacqueline K. MacKay, parent program director, will identify issues, provide helpful strategies, and highlight additional resources to help parents support their students during their transition to Providence College. 

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Career Education Center Virtual Resources Panel  
Tuesday, Oct. 6 | 7:30 p.m.

Parents and students will hear about the virtual resources provided by the Center for Career Education & Professional Development, highlighting the multiple opportunities for students despite the COVID-19 crisis. The panel will speak to internship success during the summer, funding opportunities provided despite the circumstances, and other virtual opportunities to help career development.

Family Talk Tuesdays is a weekly Homecoming at Home series designed to help parents and guardians support their PC student.

The Roundtable: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion | All Classes 
Wednesday, Oct. 7 | 7 p.m.   

We would like to invite you to be part of an open conversation focusing on the important and creative work from different departments on the Providence College campus. This roundtable discussion with students, faculty, and staff will focus on the importance of initiatives and progress in these fields.

Featured speakers:  

  • Carlene Fonseca, Associate Director, Feinstein Institute for Public Service 
  • Liz Lombard, Associate Director for Employer Relations, Center for Career Education & Professional Development 
  • Jacqueline Peterson, Advisor to the President for Institutional Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion 
  • Sokeo Ros, Interim Program Manager, The Center at Moore Hall 
  • Anjel Newmann, Graduate Assistant at The Center at Moore Hall and Graduate Student in Urban Teaching 
  • Marta V. Martínez ’79, ’19 Hon., Executive Director, Rhode Island Latino Arts, Oral Historian
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Family Talk Tuesdays – Session 2 | Class of 2021  
Senior Year Academic Planning—a Blueprint for Success  
Tuesday, Oct. 13 | 7 p.m.  

The senior year of college is a time of great excitement as well as anxiety for students and parents. This session will address the ebb and flow of the academic year as students begin the final chapter of their undergraduate journey. Discussion will focus on important timelines, points of engagement for both students and parents, and the role of the senior class dean in facilitating student action plans and academic success. Specific strategies for parents to assist their students during this critical time will also be provided. 

Speakers will include:   

  • Denise Anne Godin, Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate & Graduate Studies/Senior Class Dean                     
  • Jacqueline K. MacKay, Parent Program Director  
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Family Talk Tuesdays is a weekly Homecoming at Home series designed to help parents and guardians support their PC student. 

PCSB First-Year Families 101  | Class of 2024                                           
7 p.m., 8 p.m. majors’ breakout sessions  

Families of first-year students are invited to join Providence College School of Business (PCSB) administrators and staff for a session featuring information about the first-year experience and experiential opportunities for business students. During the first hour, families will learn more about the core PCSB curriculum, FLIP – the Friar Leadership & Immersion Program – and other PCSB resources and opportunities. For the second hour, families will pre-register for break-out sessions focused on their student’s major. Faculty members will discuss the curricular specifics of the major, program expectations and unique features, and typical career outcomes. There will also be time for Q&A following both the general and major session presentations.    

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Family Talk Tuesdays – Session 3 | All Classes  
You’re Never Alone in Friartown: Our Culture of CARE  
Tuesday, Oct. 20 | 7 p.m.  

College students are coping with more stressors that impact their mental health and overall wellbeing. A panel of campus experts will discuss how PC’s response has developed in the Friar tradition — as a community that is strengthened by the work done together for our students.  

Featured speakers:   

  • Tiffany Gaffney ’03, ’07G, Associate Dean of Students & Assistant IX Coordinator, Student Affairs  
  • Brenda Hunt, Senior Associate Director of Residence Life, Residence Life  
  • Rev. Peter Martyr Yungwirth, O.P., Chaplain, Campus Ministry  
  • Dr. Wanda Ingram ’75, Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Undergrad & Graduate Studies Deans Office  
  • Quincy Bevely, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Diversity, Institutional Diversity  
  • Rosemary Fernandes Mugan, PsyD ’98, Staff Psychologist and Director, Personal Counseling Center  

Family Talk Tuesdays is a weekly Homecoming at Home series designed to help parents and guardians support their PC student. 

Family Talk Tuesdays – Session 4 | Classes of ’22, ’23, and ’24 
Study Abroad Presentation
Tuesday, Oct. 27 | 7 p.m. ET

Providence College ranks as one of the top U.S. universities in global learning with nearly 60% of students participating in off-campus study in recent years. Come learn about PC’s nationally-recognized programs, including the new Civ in London Flagship Campus, our Faculty-Led Abroad (FLA) models, as well as the innovative directions the College is moving in global education.

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Family Talk Tuesdays is a weekly Homecoming at Home series designed to help parents and guardians support their PC student.

On Demand

Starting Oct. 1, 2020

The following programs can be viewed at any time during the month of October.

What’s Next: Academic Success and Engagement
First Year and Beyond

The adjustment to academic life is a challenging and rewarding experience. This session will focus on the tools and resources available to help students make the most of their academic experience. Students will learn to become strong self-advocates, to navigate academic programs, and to become more enmeshed in all the academic opportunities PC offers.  

Speakers will include:  

  • Dr. Wanda Ingram ’75, First-Year Class Dean  
  • Dr. Janet Ray, Sophomore Class Dean, Director of International Student Success and Acting Director of the Multicultural Student Success Program
  • Peter Palumbo, Director of Academic Advising and the Undeclared Advising Program

SCE: Continuing to Educate

Hear about what’s new with PC’s School of Continuing Education, which provides an affordable, flexible way for adults to earn and complete undergraduate degrees. 

Carmen Aguilar, SCE’s new dean, describes what she’s learned in her first two months on the job. Madeleine Metzler, associate dean, discussed how courses changed and adapted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Anne Nagle, assistant dean, described the school’s transfer agreements with CCRI and Bristol Community College. 

Virtual Campus Tour

Follow residence life graduate assistant Phionna-Cayola Claude ’17, former executive president of Student Congress, to recapture the feeling of walking on campus. Tour highlights include the Ruane Center for the Humanities, The Center at Moore Hall, the Arthur F. and Patricia Ryan Center for Business Studies (formerly Dore Hall), Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium, the Calabria Plaza, and the Huxley Avenue transformation.

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Hounds of the Lord Game

Are you a trivia or escape room enthusiast? Do you think you have what it takes to solve a Friartown mystery? The Hounds of the Lord game takes brave challengers through the halls of campus and decades of history to identify new recruits for a secret society. Prepare to use your best puzzle solving and fact-finding skills, and have some fun!’

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Harkins Hall Historical Tour 

Dr. Joan Branham, associate dean of the School of Arts & Sciences and professor of art history, takes viewers on a 30-minute walk down memory lane, where it all started — Harkins Hall. Branham will explain the statues and symbols on the façade of PC’s signature neo-Gothic building. Inside, see the site of the original basketball court (now the Barnini Room, where the Board of Trustees meet) and view vintage images of the College.