Bachelor's Degree Candidates

Undergraduate degree candidates can find information below regarding registering to graduate, the schedule of events, simulcast information, gift options and other details. 

REGISTER TO GRADUATE

Step 1. Fill out the Prospective Graduate Form, available on the Graduation Channel on the Student Tab in myNOVA by February 1. 

Step 2. Following completion of that form, please complete this Commencement Registration. Your individualized link to register was sent via email from Commencement@villanova.edu. You may update this information as many times as you like before the April 10 deadline.

Step 3. Once you submit the Commencement Registration, you will have the opportunity to order your Academic Attire (cap and gown) through our partner, Herff-Jones. The academic attire will be shipped to you at no cost. Deadline for order to be shipped is April 10.  

GRADUATING STUDENT SURVEY

As you prepare to move on to new experiences, you are asked to complete a two-part Graduating Student Survey to assist us in better meeting the needs of future students. Providing your input though this important survey effort will help us refine and enhance the Villanova experience. This is a form of service that builds upon our community’s great legacy of giving back, of sharing our time and talents where needed.

This year, for each completed survey (both parts), the University will make a $1 donation to charity in honor of the Class of 2022. You will be able to select from one of two options on the survey itself:

  • The Villanova Student Emergency Fund
  • Villanova Special Olympics

Part I, The Senior Survey, is a survey that includes questions about your Villanova experience, gains you have made through your undergraduate education, and your participation in selected activities. Please be assured that your answers will remain confidential. Take The Senior Survey now or when prompted via an email sent to you by Dr. James Trainer.

Part II, The Career Outcomes Survey, is a short survey from Villanova University’s Career Center about your post-graduation plans in your career and the career experiences you participating in while at Villanova. For details on this part of the survey, instructions on how to take it, and how it is used at Villanova, visit the Career Center’s website.

COMMENCEMENT EVENTS & DETAILS

The Class of 2022 will have the opportunity to celebrate with one another through a variety of events. More information about registering for these events is forthcoming!

  • Tuesday, May 10 is the Senior Picnic, an annual event that brings the entire undergraduate class together for a relaxing day on campus.  
  • Wednesday, May 11 is the Class of 2021  Blue & White Bash, a unique outdoors event for members of the senior class. Location: Mendel Field
    Time:  7:00pm - 10:00pm 

    This annual event for the senior class is a night filled with music, dancing, entertainment, food and drinks! Dance the night away to a live band and a DJ, on a blue-and-white dance floor! Eat your fill of Villanova dining favorites from over the years (stir fry, anyone?)! Raise a glass with the friends who have made your time at Villanova memorable. And most of all, come ready to celebrate with your fellow Wildcats!

    The only requirements to attend are 1) be a graduating senior 2) wear blue and white! The style of dress is totally up to YOU! You can wear your favorite pair of blue jeans or rock your best blue suit or white gown. The theme is fun regardless of how dressed down or dressed up you come! Get your FREE tickets on VillanovaTix starting in February.
  • Thursday, May 12 is the beginning of our Commencement Weekend activities with the NROTC Commissioning, the Wildcat Crossing and the Last Lecture and Toast.  

  • Friday, May 13 is the Baccalaureate Mass on the Campus Green. All faiths are welcome to this beautiful event that brings the community together. A special Augustinian blessing offered at the end of the Mass is one of Villanova's most treasured traditions.  Graduates are asked to register for the Mass on VillanovaTix.

    Following Mass, Dining Services is offering a grab and go lunch option for those wishing for a bite to eat before the Commencement ceremony.  The sign up for this option is located on VillanovaTix as well. 

  • Finally, the Commencement for the Class of 2022 students graduating with a bachelor’s degree. The Class of 2022 will gather in their caps and gowns in the Villanova Stadium for their Commencement Ceremony and Recognition. University President the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, and the deans from each of the Colleges and Schools will confer degrees. At this ceremony, the names of all graduates will be called, and graduates will walk across the stage when their name is called. The ceremony will be approximately two and a half hours, and each graduate is permitted up to four guests.
Severe Weather

In the event of rain, the Baccalaureate Mass will be moved into the Finneran Pavilion. 

The ceremony will be held outdoors rain or shine.  If necessary, the ceremony start time may be adjusted in the case of a passing weather system.  In the event of severe weather where we are unable to safely hold the ceremony outdoors, the ceremony will be moved into the Finneran Pavilion and will be limited to graduates and two guests only. These details, and any changes, will be communicated via email and text alerts as needed.  

ACADEMIC ATTIRE

Once you submit the Commencement Registration, you will have the opportunity to order your Academic Attire (cap and gown) through our partner, Herff-Jones. The academic attire will be shipped to you at no cost. Deadline for order to be shipped is April 10. 

Description
Villanova University uses a navy blue cap and gown for its Commencement activities. 

Fees
There is no fee for academic attire.  

Keep Your Cap and Gown
Graduates will keep all academic attire at the conclusion of the ceremony.

What Is The History Behind The Cap and Gown?
History of the Academic Costume and Ceremony provided by the American Council on Education

PHOTOGRAPHY & STREAMING INFORMATION

Professional photographers from Pro Pics will be at commencement to take portraits of graduates with their diploma as they walk across the stage. Portraits will be available for purchase from Pro Pics following the ceremonies. Visit. In order to identify your photos and receive proofs, please submit your information. Questions about photos can be emailed to Pro Pics.

After crossing the stage, graduates will proceed to the graduate portrait station to have quick portrait made in your cap & gown. While a mask/facial covering must be worn when crossing the stage, you will be permitted to remove your mask briefly for the portrait. Following your photo you must put your mask/facial covering back on. Pro Pics will photograph your portrait on a green screen and you will later have access to select from a variety of backgrounds.

Virtual Photo Booths:
There is a virtual photo booth available for all graduates, whether they are attending in person or watching online. Upload a photo of yourself in your cap and gown, choose an iconic Villanova background, and create something to share with family and friends!

NROTC Commissioning Photos
Visit Villanova's gallery to purchase candid photos from the NROTC Commissioning and all Commencement ceremonies. Images will be posted by Monday, May 16.

Live Streaming Information

The Class of 2022 Ceremonies will be simulcast live on May 13, and 14.  Please view the live stream information for the links. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS, CELEBRATION BOX, GIFTS

Graduation Announcements
Graduation announcements, thank you notes, and other commemorative items are available via Villanova University through the Bartley Print Center. You can choose customizable printed announcements which include personalized pictures and text. Announcements can be shipped to your home, office, or student mailbox. For ordering information and further details, please visit the iPrint website. Grads or family members can create accounts. Contact information: 610-519-5914, or you can also email questions.

Celebration Box
The Class of 2022 has an opportunity to send home a Commencement Celebration Box to their family.  Each graduate can send a box, free of charge, to a home address.  Information on ordering will be sent via email to all candidates for graduation.  

Gifts & Flowers
Bartley Print center offers many customizable items for graduates and their families to order.  For ordering information and further details, please visit the iPrint website. Students or family members can create accounts. You can contact the Print Center at 610-519-5914 and you can also email questions.

Villanova also partners with an off-campus vendor, The Commencement Group, that offers flower and gift options for graduates.  These can be picked up by students on campus after the ceremonies or direct shipped.  To see the direct shipping options, please visit their website.  To see the on campus pick up options, please see their order form. 

Yearbook

Visit the yearbook site to purchase a 2021 Belle Air Yearbook! The Belle Air Yearbook Book student editorial staff will include pictures from this year’s Commencement Ceremonies. All yearbook orders will be shipped to customers mid-summer 2022.

Questions? Email.

Villanova Class Ring

Villanova Rings can be ordered online or by visiting a Balfour Ring Representative on Friday, May 14 or Saturday, May 15 from 10:00am – 5:00pm outside the University Shop.

Questions? Email.

DIPLOMA DISTRIBUTION

The Registrar's Office will mail all diplomas to the address provided on your Prospective Graduate Form or Application to Graduate.  In the absence of a completed form, diplomas will be mailed to the graduates' permanent home address of record.  Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.  If you need to make special arrangements for pickup, please contact the Registrar's Office directly.  

Proudly display your diploma (diplomas measure 16" X 12") in a diploma frame which you can purchase from the University Shop - Online!

The hours for the bookstore during Commencement week are:

Monday-Thursday: 10 am to 6 pm
Friday: 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday to 11 am to 5 pm
Closed on Sunday

PARKING

For those who plan to attend the Commencement Ceremony in person, digital parking passes will be emailed to the graduates in early May. All cars wil need a Commencement parking pass to park on campus on 5/13 and 5/14. For accessible parking during the Commencement Ceremony, state-issued handicapped placards will be accepted for parking behind Villanova Stadium. For accessible parking during the Baccalaureate Mass, state-issued handicapped placards will be accepted for parking within the SAC garage (lot M-2). You can locate the garage by entering campus through the main gate off Ithan Avenue.

Special Needs Drop-Off Areas and Parking

Guests attending the Baccalaureate Mass who have state-issued handicap parking placard should enter campus through the Ithan Gate. From there, guests will be directed park in the (M-2) SAC parking garage. There will also be a designated drop-off area location near the Campus Green. Once at the Campus Green, the seating is all-accessible. 

For the Commencement ceremony, there is special needs parking behind the Villanova Stadium that is reserved for state-issued handicap placards. To access the Villanova Stadium, guests should enter from Lancaster Ave. and park behind the Stadium. Guests with special needs may also be dropped off at the stadium before the driver proceeds to their designated parking lot. No special reservations are needed for accessible seating at the Commencement ceremony. There are designated areas in the Stadium for wheelchairs and for any guest that cannot access bleachers. 

TICKETS

For those attending the Commencement Ceremony, four digital guest tickets will be emailed to the graduates in May. The graduates will be responsible for distributing these tickets to their guests prior to the ceremony. Children under the age of 3 years do not need a ticket to attend.

TEXT ALERTS

Register for Commencement Text Alerts. Registration is quick and easy - just text 888777 and type NOVAGRAD.

All students, families and guests can register. You will receive updates regarding parking and traffic, as well as notification should any Commencement events be moved or canceled due to weather or an unexpected circumstance.  (Information about registering will be sent in March.)