VLS Commencement Ceremony

Villanova Law Class of 2017:   Friday May 19, 2017

Mass, St. Thomas of Villanova Church, Main Campus
9 am
Commencement, The Pavilion
(Pavilion Doors open at 9:30 am for guests.)
10:30 am
Reception to follow on the front lawn of the Law School Noon - 2 pm  
2016 VLS Commencement Livestream

Honors Convocation

Dean Mark Alexander and members of the law school comminity will honor graduating students who have attained Latin Honors (Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Cum Laude), will be inducted into the Order of the Coif, or will receive selected commencement awards. This event takes place on Thursday May 18, 2017 at noon in the Arthur M. Goldberg Commons. By Invitation only. This event is for the graduating students only and does not include guests.

Parking/Shuttle Bus Service

All graduates and guests attending the Law School's Commencement activities should park in the Law School's parking garage. Continuous shuttle bus service will be available to transport guests from the Law School to the Mass, from the Law School to the Pavilion, and from the Pavilion to the Law School following the ceremony. Shuttles will depart from the Spring Mill Road side of the parking garage. A shuttle map can be found here.



Tickets are not necessary for the Law School's Commencement ceremony. Each graduate may invite an unlimited number of guests to attend the day's events.

Guests with Special Needs

Guests with special needs will be permitted to park close to the church and to drop-off guests using the Lancaster Avenue entrance to the Pavilion, following posted signage. Public Safety officers will direct guests requiring drop-off or handicapped parking.

At the Commencement ceremony, there is a small section of floor seating for guests in wheelchairs or unable to manage the bleachers. Given space limitations, we ask that only 1 family member and the guest with special needs sit in this area.

Caps and Gowns

Detailed information about 3L cap and gown pick-up requirements was sent to all graduating students from the Career Strategy office.  Students must complete all exit requirements prior to caps and gown pick-up.

Distribution dates and times are coordinated by the Career Strategy Office. Any remaining regalia will be available on Commencement morning at the Pavilion, prior to the ceremony.


Graduation Announcements can be purchased by directly contacting the University's vendor Balfour (1-877-225-3687;


Guests who need hotel accommodations are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible. Nearby Hotels


Commencement 2016


More Information

If you have specific questions, please contact one of the following people:


Nicole Garafano
Director of Events
(610) 519-7066

Nancy A. Whalen

Director of Student Affairs
(610) 519-5228