Master's and Doctoral Degree Candidates

Master's and doctoral degree candidates can find information below regarding the commencement ceremony, academic attire, gift options and other details. 


Registration for 2023 Commencement will open in the late Fall of 2022. If you have questions regarding registration, please contact 


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


The Class of 2023 will have the opportunity to celebrate with one another through a variety of events. More information on registering for these events is forthcoming

  • Friday, May 19 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 for graduates at the end of the Mass is one of Villanova's most treasured traditions. No RSVP required.

  • Saturday, May 20 is the Master's and Doctoral Degree Commencement and Recognition Ceremony for the Class of 2023 students graduating with a master’s and/or doctoral degree. The Class of 2023 will gather in their caps and gowns in the Villanova Stadium for their Commencement and Recognition. University President, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, and the deans from each of the Colleges and Schools will confer degrees. The ceremony will be approximately two and a half hours and will be immediately followed by the President's and Deans' Reception, a celebratory event with food and drink for all graduates and guests to close out the Commencement celebrations on campus.  
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 four ticketed guests. These details, and any changes, will be communicated via email and text alerts as needed.  


Information on ordering academic attire for the Spring 2023 Commencement will be available later in Fall 2022.


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

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.


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 can be picked up at the Bartley Print Center. For ordering information and further details, please visit the iPRINT website. Grads or family members can create accounts. 

Questions? Contact the Print Center at 610-519-5914 or via email.

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 iPRINTwebsite. Students or family members can create accounts. 

Questions? Contact the Print Center at 610-519-5914 or via email.

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. You can place your order on this website.

Bookstore Hours

The hours for the bookstore during Commencement Week are as follows:

Monday - Thursday: 9 AM to 6 PM

Friday: 9 AM to 5 PM

Saturday: 10 AM to 5 PM

Closed on Sunday


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.


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. 

After crossing the stage, graduates will proceed to the graduate portrait station to have quick portrait made in your cap & gown. Pro Pics will photograph your portrait on a green screen and you will later have access to select from a variety of backgrounds.

Questions? Contact Pro Pics.

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

Live Streaming Information

The Class of 2023 Ceremonies will be simulcast live on May 19 and 20.  Please view the live stream information for the links. 


Commencement Parking

All vehicles will need a Commencement parking pass to park on campus during graduation weekend. Regular campus parking permits will not be valid. Commencement parking passes are valid for the following designated parking lots:

  • On-campus parking lots: I-1, I-2, L-1, L-2, L-3, L-4, S-4, S-5, S-6, W-2
  • Off-campus parking lot (shuttle service provided): Radnor Financial Center, 150 N Radnor Chester Rd. Wayne, PA 19087

Arrive early. Traffic and parking will be extremely congested. Graduates and guests are encouraged to carpool or utilize public transportation. As parking lots fill, vehicles will be directed to the next available lot. 

Drop-Off Locations for Guests with Mobility Needs

Guests with mobility needs may be dropped off near each venue at the designated special needs drop-off locations. No special pass is needed to utilize the drop-off locations. Once the guest is dropped-off, the driver will be directed to park in an available campus lot. Guests planning to utilize the drop-off locations should plan to arrive early. Traffic and parking will be extremely congested. 

Designated Accessible Parking Lots

Vehicles with state-issued handicapped placards may park in the following designated accessible parking lots:

  • M-1, M-2 (access via the main entrance on Ithan Ave.)
  • A-2 (access via the Galberry Hall entrance on Lancaster Ave.)

Please note that accessible parking lots are limited. Guests should plan to arrive early and may utilize the drop-off locations near each venue.


For those attending the Commencement Ceremony in person, four digital guest tickets will be emailed to the graduates via Marching Order. 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.

Gates will open at 1:30 pm.

Saturday Seating Map