Graduation and Diploma Information

students at graduation

Students expecting degrees for September 1 2016:

September diplomas will be mailed directly to the address specified on your Prospective Graduation Form or Application to Graduate. Degree candidates: please view your academic transcript on line via myNOVA to ensure your degree has been posted before ordering a transcript. 
September 2016 degrees will be posted to transcripts by September 1, 2016.

The Office of the Registrar participates in the graduation process by tracking which students intend to graduate, ordering their diplomas, and preparing the commencement program. To ensure accuracy of this information and to declare how you would like your name to appear, Undergraduate and Graduate Arts & Science students should complete a Prospective Graduate Form.  This is available from the Graduation channel (box) on the Student tab of myNOVA.

All other graduate-level (graduate business, graduate engineering and graduate nursing) students should instead complete an Application for Granting Master’s Degree, available from the appropriate academic department. Part-time students should submit Prospective Graduate card to the Part-Time Studies Office.

Students who graduate upon completion of the Summer or Fall semesters will receive degrees dated September 1st or December 31st. These students are invited to participate in the following May's commencement ceremony, and their names will appear as September & December Graduates in the commencement program.

Diplomas are given to students as part of the May commencement ceremony. Summer graduates, Fall graduates, and those who choose not to attend commencement may either pick up diplomas in person at the Office of the Registrar (203 Tolentine Hall) or have them mailed. Students must meet all financial obligations before their diploma can be released.

The diploma size is 16"W x 12"H.


Commencement List
Students can verify their degree status by checking their individual records from the Graduation channel on the student tab of myNOVA.

Commencement Information
You can receive the most updated Commencement information from the Office of the President's website.

Villanova University Graduation Rates

Freshman-Cohort Graduation Rates 
All Students Student Athletes*

2008-2009 Graduation Rate                                                                 

Four-Class Average                                                                       
89% 88%
Student-Athlete Graduation Success Rate                                                  
* prospective_form.pdf
Undergraduate Prospective Graduate Form

Diploma Replacement

If you lose or damage your diploma, you may order a replacement. Send us a check for $50 (payable to Villanova University) along with a notarized letter stating the following:

  • Name (first, last, middle as they appeared when you attended)
  • Student ID or Social Security Number
  • Graduation date
  • Degree
  • Honors received
  • Current name
  • Current address
  • Daytime phone number
  • Email Address
  • Your signature*
  • Reason for need of a replacement

*Be sure that your request contains your notarized signature. Requests cannot be processed without a signature (and therefore email and telephone requests cannot be honored).

Send your request to:
Office of the Registrar
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Upon receipt of this information and confirmation of degree earned, a replacement diploma will be ordered. You can expect to receive your diploma within six to eight weeks of the date that the request is received.