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. 


Step 1. If you haven't already done so, please fill out the Prospective Graduate Form. Information by college is listed below.  

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Submit your Prospective Graduate Form online via myNOVA - go to the Graduation Information channel on the Student tab.

Villanova School of Business: MBA and Specialized Masters students should submit their Prospective Graduate Form online via myNOVA. Additionally, all MBA students should complete the Graduate Business Supplemental Form in myNOVA

College of Engineering: Complete the Graduation Application and submit to your departmental office prior to registration for your final semester. Be sure to check the late January submission deadline.

M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing: Download the Graduate Application and instructions.

Step 2. Following completion of that form, please complete this Commencement Registration. Your individualized link to register was sent via email from Please enter or verify the information below in order to participate in the 2021 Commencement Ceremonies. You may update this information as many times as you like before the April 10 deadline. Important Note: You must click "submit" on the form for changes to take effect.

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 18.  


As you prepare to move on to new experiences, you are asked to complete a survey about your career outcomes 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, the University will make a $1 donation to charity in honor of the Class of 2021. You will be able to select from one of two options on the survey itself:

  • The Villanova Student Emergency Fund
  • Villanova Special Olympics

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 2021 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 14 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. Graduates are asked to resgister for the Mass on VillanovaTix. 

  • Saturday, May 15 is the Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2021 students graduating with a master’s and/or doctoral degree. The Class of 2021 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. At this ceremony, the names of all graduates—attending in person or virtually—will be called, and in person graduates will walk across the stage when their name is called. The ceremony will be approximately two and a half hours and will be immediately followed by the President's Reception, a celebratory event with food and drink for all graduates and two 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 graduates only. These details, and any changes, will be communicated via email and text alerts as needed.  


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 18. 

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 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 2021 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 was sent via email to all cadidates 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. 

Book Store
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

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


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


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!

Live Streaming Information

The Class of 2021 Ceremonies will be simulcast live on May 13, 14 and 15.  Please view the live stream information for the links. 


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 will need a parking pass to park on campus on 5/14 and 5/15. 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, 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 handicapped parking passes, 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 located near the Campus Green for guests with special needs. Once at the Campus Green, the seating is all-accessible.

For the Commencement ceremony, there is guest parking behind the Villanova Stadium that is reserved for state-issued handicapped placards. To access the Villanova Stadium, guests should enter from Lancaster Ave. and park behind the Stadium. There is also a drop-off location behind the stadium for guests with special needs 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. 


For those attending the Commencement Ceremony in person, two 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.


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.

Commencement Text Alerts: text NOVAGRAD to 888777

Thank you for wearing a mask. Thank you for keeping a safe distance apart. Congratulations to the graduates of Villanova University