Commencement

Congratulations Graduates!

This website will provide you with our latest information and details about Commencement Weekend. After looking through this site and reading the information booklet, please feel free to email commencement@villanova.edu with any remaining questions.

For those looking for information about 2018 Commencement Weekend, the schedule here is updated, but please check back for updates as we enter the Fall semester.  

Commencement Weekened...An Overview!

The University Commencement Ceremony is on Friday at 4pm in the Villanova Stadium.  

  • This is the formal University Ceremony where degrees are conferred by each college, not individually. 
  • Each graduate is given two tickets for guest seating on the stadium field.  Graduates do not process but sit with their two guests on the field.  Additional guests are able to be seated in the non-ticketed first-come, first served seating in the bleachers. 
  • The ceremony is about 90 minutes to 2 hours long. 
  • The President's Reception for Graduates and Guests follows the University Ceremony.  The reception is in the Connelly Center and everyone is invited to attend, and the event includes light food and beverages.  There is no formal program, just come and enjoy!

The College Convocations are Saturday at different times and different locations.

  • Indivdual names are called at these events and the graduates walk across the stage.  
  • They are all about 90 minutes long.  
  • Tickets are not needed and there are no guest limits for the college ceremonies.  

Following the College Convocations, the weekend concludes with the Baccalaureate Mass in the Campus Green at 4pm.  This is something that families will want to attend- and all faiths welcome.  

It is also important to note that each graduate receives 2 campus parking passes for the weekend.  Unfortunately, we aren’t able to accommodate other requests for parking passes. 

STAY UPDATED!

This website is the best place to gather information about Commencement weekend, but we also offer the following opportunities to stay connected with Commencement 2018!

  • Download the NovaGuide App- It includes maps, information about dining options and even allows you to set your personal schedule for the weekend.
  • Check your emails- starting in November all potential graduates will start receiving emails with Commencement details.
  • Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
  • Sign up for Text Alerts during Commencement Weekend (information below)

Get Commencement Text Updates and Announcements!

Villanova University offers a complimentary text system for Commencement 2018 updates. The system will provide guests with text messages regarding parking and traffic, as well as notification should any Commencement events be moved or canceled due to weather or an unexpected circumstance. Registration is quick and easy- please check back in March for the 2018 information.    You will receive a confirmation text after you enroll. 

Please note:

  • This service is designed to be used only in the case of urgent Commencement messages
  • Numbers will be purged following Commencement 2017

 

University Commencement Ceremony Video

The University Commencement Ceremony will be streamed live on Friday, May 19 at 4:00pm and the Baccalaureate Mass will be streamed live on Saturday, May 20 at 4:00pm. The College Convocations on Saturday, May 20 will be video taped and available on our YouTube Channel within the week of the ceremony.  

  • The live video stream of Commencement 2017 can be found here if you wish to bookmark or share this page. This link will also be posted on the University homepage on May 19.
  • The live video stream of the 2017 Baccalaureate Mass can be found here if you wish to bookmark or share this page.
  • You can test the ability of your computer or mobile device to view the live video stream by watching the 2016 commencement ceremony.
  • Having trouble playing the video stream? Please confirm that your computer/mobile device meets the viewing requirements.
  • On Desktop Computers: Google Chrome or Internet Explorer provides best viewing experience

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

 

Friday, May 18th Donahue Hall, 7:30 am until 9:30 am for breakfast; 10:45 am until 2:00 pm for lunch. Full buffet offerings.
Friday, May 18th Holy Grounds in the Connelly Center, 8:00 am until 12:00 pm. Quick serve options for coffee, muffins, sandwiches and salads.
Friday, May 18th Holy Grounds in the CEER, 8:00 am until 2:00 pm. Quick serve options for coffee, muffins, sandwiches and salads.
Friday, May 18th The Exchange at Bartley Hall, 8:00 am until 4:00 pm. Quick serve options for sandwiches and salads.
Friday, May 18th Cafe Nova at Dougherty Hall, 10:45 am until 4:00 pm. A la Carte salads, sandwiches and flatbreads.   
Saturday, May 19th The Exchange at Bartley Hall, 8:00 am until 5:00 pm. Quick serve options for coffee, muffins, sandwiches and salads..
Saturday, May 19th Holy Grounds, Connelly Center, 8:00 am until 4:00 pm. Quick serve options for coffee, muffins, sandwiches and salads.
Saturday, May 19th  (LUNCH) Villanova University Dining Services will offer a buffet lunch on campus  from 11:30am to 3:30pm in Dougherty Dining Hall for $10.00 per person.  If you are interested in staying on campus for lunch,  Please fill out this brief form so that we are able to accommodate your guests and prepare adequately.   PLEASE NOTE - BY FILLING OUT THIS FORM, YOU ARE NOT RESERVING A TABLE, RATHER ALLOWING US TO PREPARE ADEQUATELY FOR OUR GUESTS.
  Visit the Villanova University Shop
Friday, May 19 8 am – 8 pm
Saturday, May 20 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday, May 21  10 am – 4 pm

University Commencement Ceremony Video

Visit this link to view an archived webcast of the 2017 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 Convocation will be available for viewing on the University's YouTube channel and available for download via ITunesU.

 

Future Commencement Weekend Dates

Year 2018: May 18-19
Year 2019: May 17-18

2017 Commencement Memories

Students laughing at commencement