Events for Parents and Families

New Student Receptions

New Student Receptions are coordinated by the Office of University Admission and the Villanova University Alumni Association.  These gatherings help make the college transition a little easier by giving you the opportunity to meet classmates and learn more about Villanova University in the summer before they arrive in August.

New Student Orientation

Villanova’s Orientation is a four day program in which new students get to familiarize themselves with both academic and student life at Villanova. During the program, Academic Deans, faculty, students, and Student Life administrators meet formally and informally with the new students. These meetings will answer questions, address concerns, and highlight the wide variety of services and activities available at Villanova for students. Read all about Orientation and the many exciting and very special events planned for our new students.

Parents Weekend

Parents Weekend is a special time when parents of new students, and not so new students, get to visit the campus with the start of a new season in mid-late September each year.  Some events that could be scheduled for this weekend are a Villanova football game, soccer game, the Senior Breakfast, the Junior Ring Ceremony, special sessions offered by Career Services, performances by our student musical and dance groups, Friday night entertainment and special Philadelphia area group trips.  View the Parents Weekend web page for general information and dates.

Little Wildcat Weekend

Little Wildcat Weekend brings siblings together at Villanova to share some special time.  Fun-filled events are scheduled throughout a January weekend each year such as ice skating, movies, a magic show, character breakfast, and lots of special Philadelphia area visits like the Camden Aquarium.  Watch for the Little Wildcat Weekend flyer in your mail this fall but until then, feel free to get an overview of our Little Wildcat Weekend on the web.


Commencement and the weeks leading to it will be busy and rewarding.  Our students' accomplishment of fulfilling their degree requirements and becoming a transformed individual from when they arrived four, short, years ago -- seem almost impossible.  This Commencement Weekend is meant to honor and acknowledge each of our graduates. Our many closing events always bring a mix of emotions and hopes of a successful future for our graduates.  The schedule of events for this weekend will be mailed to the address on record for the graduate, but you may also view the Commencement web site from time to time for updates and information.

Scheduled Events

Little Wildcat Weekend 
Check back for 2015 dates and registration

August 21-24, 2014
Schedule of Events

Parents Weekend
September 19-21. 2014

Parent Webinars
Interested in learning more about college student health issues that affect your Villanova student? Join the Office of Health Promotion as they present a series of parent webinars on topics ranging from alcohol to nutrition to prescription drug abuse. Read more and REGISTER for upcoming parent webinars.

Upcoming Events

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Commencement Weekend
New Student Orientation