Commencement Information for Graduate Arts and Sciences Students

All academic requirements must be completed and processed before the date of graduation. Students expecting to graduate must submit the online application through myNOVA no later than the date specified in the chart below (also see the academic calendar) in which they expect to complete their program requirements.  Those who miss the deadline for May graduation will not have their names printed in the Commencement program.

Important Questions to Review for Graduate Students Approaching Degree Completion:

Who Should Apply for Graduation?

All Villanova University graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to submit a prospective graduate form prior to the completion of his/her degree requirements.

If you registered for a previous graduation term and did not graduate, you must re-register for your new graduation date.

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How Do You Apply for Graduation?

In myNOVA click on Student tab, scroll to the bottom to locate the Graduate Information channel, then click on the Prospective Graduate Form link:

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Graduation Info

When Do You Apply for Graduation?



September 1

February 1 – June 15

December 31

March 1 – September 15

May 31

August 25 – January 31

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Is There a Late Fee If I Miss a Deadline?

Yes, beginning in 2016, a $100.00 late fee will be charged to the account of late applicants registering after January 31st for May graduation.  Then the late fee will apply for all graduation terms.  The late fee is non-refundable and non-transferable to another term.  To avoid a late fee, students are urged to apply before the deadline!

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What If I Don't Finish My Requirements Until Summer or Fall?

Permission to Participate in May Commencement:

Any graduate student expecting to complete his/her degree requirements in the semester/session following May graduation may request permission to participate in the Commencement ceremony in May by completing the form entitled “Permission to Participate in May Commencement” (please see below link to access the form).  A student requesting this permission should have no more than six credits to complete.  Your name will not appear in the Commencement program until the following May, after you have officially graduated.  Full details about Commencement can be found here.

PLEASE NOTE:  Participating in Commencement does not mean you are graduating.  You will not have your name listed in the Commencement Ceremony Program and you will not be issued a diploma until your degree requirements are completed. You must apply to graduate separately.  Register (or re-register) for graduation via the myNOVA portal to access the prospective graduation form (see information at the top of this page).

Permission to Participate in May Commencement Form when receiving diploma in September.

(Please note that the fill-fields will only work if this file is downloaded and opened in a PDF viewer such as Adobe Reader/Acrobat or Foxit.  Forms will not be fillable in the browser view). 

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What If I'm Having Trouble Applying Through MyNova?

If you are unable to complete the Prospective Graduate Form due to technical difficulties and/or a late application (please refer to the late fee policy and application submission dates), a hold on your account, inactive status, or less than 21 earned credit hours on your transcript, please email for your appropriate steps to complete an alternate graduate form.

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What Do I Need To Know About Academic Regalia?

Please click here for details about the options for Masters students to obtain their cap, gown, hood, and tassel.

  • Color of hoods for Master of Arts = White
  • Color of hoods for Master of Science = Gold
  • Color of hoods for Public Administration = White


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Are There Any Honors Categories for Graduate Students?

All graduate students must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher to receive their master's degrees. Therefore, there are no honors categories for master's level students. You may check to see if your program has an honor society and what the requirements are for being invited to join.

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How Many Tickets Do I Get?

2 for the general ceremony on Friday and there are no tickets required for the Convocation and diploma distribution on Saturday.

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Ceremony and Commencement

Please read the following information closely concerning Commencement and the Graduate Arts and Sciences Recognition Ceremony

Graduate Human Resource Development Online/University Alliance Students

For specific details about the HRD Graduation Reception and Academic Regalia, you must contact:

Graduate Public Administration Online/University Alliance Students

For specific details about the MPA Pi Alpha Alpha Induction Ceremony, Graduation Brunch, and Academic Regalia, you must contact:

Ordering Official Villanova University Transcript - New Process

Villanova University has partnered with SCRIP-SAFE International to provide an online transcript ordering service to all Undergraduate and Graduate current and former students. Current students and recent graduates will have the ability to request electronic delivery of their transcripts as well.

The Ordering Site is available to current students via the student tab of myNOVA. For answers to frequently asked questions, ordering instructions and fee information, please visit the Registrar's website