Cap and Gown Details

Cap and Gown Distribution

Academic Attire will be available for graduates to pick up in May at the Class of 2015 Graduation Fair.  Along with cap and gown pick up, graduates will have the opportunity to meet someone from the Villanova University Alumni Association, pick up a yearbook or diploma frame from the University Shop or make a gift to the Senior Class Gift.  The Graduation Fair will take place on Tuesday, May 12th (10:00 am - 7:00 pm), Wednesday, May 13th (10:00 am - 2:00 pm), and Thursday, May 14th (10:00 am - 7:00 pm) in the Jake Nevin Fieldhouse


Villanova University uses the traditional black cap and gown for its Commencement activities.


There is no fee for academic attire.


Students DO NOT need to order or be measured ahead of time. When you arrive at pickup, you will be given a form to complete which includes all of the necessary information.

Keep Your Cap and Gown

Graduates will keep all academic attire at the conclusion of the ceremonies.

Another Person Will Pick It Up

If you are unable to pick up your cap and gown personally, you may have someone pick them up for you. Please provide that person in advance with written/emailed permission that includes your name, height and degree. They must provide that information during cap and gown distribution in order to receive your academic attire. 

What Is The History Behind The Cap and Gown?

History of the Academic Costume and Ceremony provided by the American Council on Education.

University Commencement Ceremony Video

Visit this link to view an archived webcast of the 2014 University Commencement Ceremony. Having trouble playing the video stream? Please confirm that your computer/mobile device meets the viewing requirements.

In addition, the video of the University Commencement Ceremony and each College Recognition Ceremony are available for viewing on the University's YouTube channel and available for download via ITunesU.

Future Commencement Weekend Dates

Year 2015: May 15—16
Year 2016: May 13—14
Year 2017: May 19—20

Time to Graduate?

Review the Prospective Graduate Information and Checklist