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Please note that other area colleges will be holding graduation ceremonies during this same time period. Traffic conditions will be congested. Guests are urged to arrive early and to car pool or use public transportation.
We highly recommend this 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.
Parking will be available in the Main parking lots on Route 30/Lancaster Avenue, as well as the Law School Garage and West Campus parking lots. Shuttle service will be provided from all campus parking lots to the different Commencement venues throughout campus but we encourage guests to walk.
To alleviate traffic congestion on Lancaster Avenue, Villanova has secured additional parking at Radnor Financial Center (RFC) on Radnor Chester Road (behind the Radnor Hotel, TD Bank, etc.) and will be running shuttles continuously from that site on both Friday and Saturday. The shuttles will pick up at RFC, drop off at the Connelly Center, and then loop back to RFC throughout the day and evening. Shuttles will start at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 13 and 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 14.
Parking and traffic conditions are extremely crowded for Commencement Weekend. We urge our guests to arrive early and to car pool or utilize public transportation. Refer to this map of campus for parking locations and please note signage along roadways for last minute alterations to parking details.
The Connelly Center, Driscoll Hall and the Campus Green:
Those wishing to drop off disabled or elderly guests for events in Connelly Center, Driscoll Hall or the Campus Green should enter campus through the Main Entrance on Ithan Avenue where Public Safety Officers will provide direction to the drop-off location. Drivers will then be directed to on-campus parking areas nearby. These spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. There is no need to register in advance.
The Pavilion and Villanova Stadium:
Dropping off disabled or elderly guests for events in The Pavilion or Villanova Stadium may be facilitated in the Galberry Hall driveway at the east end of the Villanova Stadium on Lancaster Ave. Drivers will be directed to park at the nearest location after dropping off passengers. Cars displaying handicapped plates or hang tags are eligible to park behind the Stadium. These spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. There is no need to register in advance.
Mendel Field and St. Thomas of Villanova Church:
Those wishing to drop off disabled or elderly guests for events in St. Thomas of Villanova Church or Mendel Field should enter through the Spring Mill Road entrance where Public Safety Officers will provide direction to the drop-off location. Drivers will then be directed to on-campus parking areas nearby. These spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. There is no need to register in advance.
Shuttles will be running throughout campus during Commencement weekend for any guests with mobility issues. Please note the Parking and Shuttle map below to find the locations of the shuttle stops throughout campus. They will be located at the Connelly Center (main shuttle stop on campus), Mendel Field, Law School, Pavilion and Stadium
Walking from place to place on Commencement weekend can be challenging for some of our guests. To assist those who are handicapped or those that have limited mobility, a small number of golf carts are available. Service will be first-come, first-served, and we encourage you to walk as much as possible.
Golf Cart Routes
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After the President’s Reception:
Before College Recognition Ceremonies:
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Visit this link to view an archived webcast of the 2016 University Commencement Ceremony. Having trouble playing the video stream? Please confirm that your computer/mobile device meets the viewing requirements.
Year 2017: May 19-20
Year 2018: May 18-19