VLS Commencement Ceremony

Villanova University

Charles Widger School of 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, front lawn of the Law School

Noon - 2 pm  

Parking & Shuttle Map

Designated Parking for Law Commencement

All graduates and guests attending the Law School’s Commencement activities should park in the S-4 parking garage adjacent to the Law School. All activities are within walking distance on campus. Continuous shuttle bus service will be available to transport guests from Shuttle Pick-up area next to the S-4 garage to/from the Mass, Commencement Ceremony and the reception. Please refer to the parking and shuttle map for further details. Please note that all Law School graduates and guests’ vehicles must be out of the garage by 2:30 pm to allow for families and guests arriving for the University’s Commencement ceremony at 4pm.

Commencement Weekend Parking - Passes

Parking passes are NOT required for the Law School ceremony on Friday morning but are necessary for all other on campus parking throughout Commencement weekend. On campus parking will be limited. After the Law School ceremony every vehicle must have a Commencement parking pass to enter campus on Friday afternoon and Saturday. 

Special Needs Parking

Any Law School graduate whose guests require special needs/accessible parking may access the reserved parking behind the University Stadium (Lot A-2). Eligible persons include those with a state-issued handicapped license plate or handicapped placard.   Please enter through the Galberry Hall entrance off of Lancaster Ave. (see map). 

Drop Off Areas

For those guests that may need some extra assistance, each ceremony has a designated drop off area that may be utilized. The driver may drop guests off at these areas and then process to their designated parking lot. (see map)  

Public Transportation - SEPTA

We recommend public transportation as a convenient way to travel to campus during Commencement weekend.  Guests should consider using the R5 Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail service to Villanova station or the R100 High Speed Trolley service to the Stadium or Villanova stops. Visit the SEPTA website to map your trip.


The University has partnered with UBER to offer a discount code for Villanova University's Commencement Weekend (discount code available in May). The designated UBER drop off and pick up location on Friday is the Jake Nevin parking lot (Lot A-1).  


Please note that other area colleges will be holding graduation ceremonies during this same time period. Traffic conditions will be congested. Plan to arrive early.

Honors Convocation

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 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.


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.

Seating for Guests with Special Needs

At the Commencement ceremony, there is a designated 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 Pick-Up

Graduating students must complete all exit requirements prior to caps and gowns pick-up. These requirements will be communicated by the Career Strategy Office.

In mid-April, the Career Strategy Office will email caps and gown pick- up requirements, location, dates and times. Any remaining regalia will be available on Commencement morning at the Pavilion, prior to the ceremony.

All law graduates' Caps and Gowns must be returned by 2:30 pm immediately after the ceremony to Room 201 at the Law School.

Commencement Announcements

Graduation announcements are now available for purchase for Villanova graduates via the Bartley Print Center. Announcements, which can include personalized pictures and text, will take around one week to ship home.

Ordering information and further details

Contact information: Bonnie Lyons 610-519-5915 or email questions to

Commencement Photos

For photographs taken as graduates are walking across the stage, please visit Legacy Photography.  An email will be sent to all graduates that will contain an instructions on how to view the photos.


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

2017 VLS Commencement Livestream


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