Frequently Asked Questions
Prospective graduates will receive communciation from firstname.lastname@example.org with instructions on how to register for Commencement through MarchingOrder, a software tool used to manage graduation. Registration will open in the Spring. Graduates may also visit the Graduation Task Center for important deadlines and other information.
Once graduates submit their Commencement registration through MarchingOrder, the confirmation page will contain a link to order their cap and gown through our partner Herff Jones. There is no charge for the cap and gown, and it will be shipped to the address provided on the order form.
All graduates are provided four digital guest tickets for the Commencement Ceremony. Children 3 and under do not need a ticket. Gates will open 90 minutes prior to the ceremony. In the event of severe weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors and two guests will be permitted.
During the week prior to Commencement, any unclaimed tickets will be distributed (maximum 2 extra tickets per graduate) on a first-come, first-serve basis, subject to availability. Please note that extra tickets will be limited, and additional ticket requests cannot be accommodated. We encourage those who are not ticketed to view the livestream of the ceremony online at commencement.villanova.edu.
Bags can be brought into the stadium; however, all bags and items are subject to search prior to entering the stadium. Umbrellas are permitted in the stadium.
At the Commencement Ceremony, the names of all graduates will be called and each graduate will be recognized on stage. The Bachelor's Degree ceremony is approximately 3 hours long, and the Master's and Doctoral Degree ceremony approximately 2.5 hours long.
All graduates and guests will need a Commencement parking pass to park on campus during graduation weekend. Graduates will be provided with two (2) digital Commencement parking passes to use for themselves and/or their guests. Regular campus parking permits will not be valid.
Arrive early. Traffic and parking will be extremely congested. Graduates and guests are encouraged to carpool or utilize public transportation or Uber/Lyft. As parking lots fill, vehicles will be directed to the next available lot.
All ceremony venues are fully accessible. For those unable to manage the bleachers in the stadium, there will be designated seating for guests with special needs. Please alert an usher in the stadium for assistance.
Immediately following the Commencement Ceremony is the President's and Deans' Reception where graduates and their guests can enjoy light refreshments while celebrating with fellow graduates and faculty in college-designated locations throughout campus.
In the event of rain, the Baccalaureate Mass will be moved into the Finneran Pavilion.
The Commencement 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. These details, and any changes, will be communicated via email and text alerts as needed.
The Registrar's Office will mail all diplomas to the address provided on the 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 after Commencement. Diplomas display the official degree titles only. All majors, minors and concentrations are listed on transcripts. If you need to make special arrangements for pickup, please contact the Registrar's Office directly.
Graduation announcements, thank you notes, and other commemorative items are available via Villanova University through the Print Center. For ordering information and further details, please visit the iPRINT website.
Class of 2025:
The Bachelor's Degree Commencement and Recognition Ceremony will take place Friday, May 16, 2025, and the Master's and Doctoral Degree Commencement and Recognition Ceremony will take place Saturday, May 17, 2025.
Class of 2026:
The Bachelor's Degree Commencement and Recognition Ceremony will take place Friday, May 15, 2026, and the Master's and Doctoral Degree Commencement and Recognition Ceremony will take place Saturday, May 16, 2026.
Class of 2027:
The Bachelor's Degree Commencement and Recognition Ceremony will take place Friday, May 14, 2027, and the Master's and Doctoral Degree Commencement and Recognition Ceremony will take place Saturday, May 15, 2027.
Sign-up for Commencement Text Alerts to receive information about schedule changes, weather updates, parking and traffic conditions, and other important information.
Text NOVAGRAD to 888777