Parking and Maps

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.

Public Transportation - SEPTA

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.

Graduate and Guest Parking

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.  

Special Needs/Handicapped Parking

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

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

Golf Carts

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

Friday:

Before University Commencement Ceremony:

  • Pick up at Connelly Center Circle and drop off at the Stadium
  • Pick up at Mendel Field and drop off at the Stadium
  • Pick up at the Church and drop off at the Stadium
  • Pick up at the School of Law and drop off at the Stadium

After University Commencement Ceremony:

  • Pick up behind Stadium and drop off at the Connelly Center Circle
  • Pick up at the Galberry entrance of Stadium and drop off at the Connelly Center Circle

After the President’s Reception:

  • Pick up at the Connelly Center Circle and drop off at the School of Law 
  • Pick up at the Connelly Center Circle and drop off at Mendel Field
  • Pick up at the Connelly Center Circle and drop off at the Church
  • Pick up at the Connelly Center Circle and drop off at Dougherty Drive

Saturday:

Before College Recognition Ceremonies:

  • Pick up at Dougherty Drive and drop off at individual venues
  • Pick up at the School of Law and drop off at individual venues
  • Pick up at the Connelly Center Circle and drop off at individual venues
  • Pick up at the Church anddrop off at individual venues

After College Recognition Ceremonies:

  • Pick up at Mendel Field and drop off at the Connelly Center Circle
  • Pick up at Pavilion and drop off at the Connelly Center Circle
Before Baccalaureate Mass:
  • Pick up at the Connelly Center Circle and drop off at the Campus Green
After Baccalaureate Mass:
  • Pick up at the Campus Green and drop off at the Connelly Center Circle

2016 Location Map Commencement Weekend

Commencement Map 2015

Parking and Shuttle Map Commencement Weekend

Commencement Parking and Shuttle Map 2015

Severe Weather Commencement Viewing Locations

Severe Weather Commencement Viewing Locations

University Commencement Ceremony Video

Visit this link to view an archived webcast of the 2015 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 2016: May 13—14
Year 2017: May 19—20
Year 2018: May 18-19