VLS Commencement Ceremony

Villanova University

Charles Widger School of Law

Class of 2018

Friday May 18, 2018


9 a.m.              Mass, St. Thomas of Villanova Church

10:30 a.m.        Ceremony, Campus Green

12:00 p.m.        Reception,  School of Law


Graduation announcements, thank you notes, and other commemorative items are available via Villanova University Graphic Services. You can choose customizable printed announcements which include personalized pictures and text. Announcements can be shipped to your home, office, or picked up at the print center. Contact Bonnie Lyons at the Bartley Print Center to set up your account and order your announcements today.

Contact: Bonnie Lyons 610-519-5915 or email questions to You can also visit for more information.

Cap and gown orders are handled by the Registrar's office.

Cap and gown pick-up information and requirements will be emailed by the Career Strategy Office in late April. Graduates must return caps and gowns following the ceremony to the robe return area (Room 201 at the Law School) before 2 p.m.

Dean Mark Alexander and members of the law school community 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 17, 2018 at noon in the Arthur M. Goldberg Commons. By invitation only.

Please note that traffic conditions around campus may be congested on Commencement Day. Graduates and guests are encouraged to arrive early. Parking Passes are NOT necessary for the Law School's Commencement ceremony. After 2 pm, parking passes are required for all vehicles on campus.

Law School graduates and guest should park in the S-4 parking garage next to the Law School. Shuttle buses will run continuous loops to the campus locations for the Mass and Ceremony or guests may walk to various event locations.

Parking and Shuttle Maps will be posted when available.

Parking and drop-off locations for guests with special needs will be posted when available.





There are NO tickets needed for the Law School's ceremony and no limit to the number of guests each law graduate may invite.

Seating is open and on a first-come first-served basis. 

All seating is accessible. Guests with special need or wheelchairs should seek out an usher for assistance as necessary.

Diplomas may be picked up following the Commencement Ceremony at the cap and gown return in Room 201 of the Law School.

The Registrar's office will mail diplomas to the home address of graduates who do not attend the ceremony.

Diplomas measure 16" wide and 12" high. A variety of frames can be purchased from the Villanova University Bookstore - either in person and online


2017 VLS Commencement Livestream


Commencement 2017


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