COMMENCEMENT 2020

Villanova University celebrated it's Class of 2020 with an Online Degree Conferral on May 15.  View the recorded Ceremony and listing of all of our graduates by clicking below.  

RESOURCES

Alma Mater

Pledge of Loyalty

Student Blessing

Conferral Program

May 2020 Degree Candidates

This list does not include degrees already awarded or students approved to ‘walk’

Honors Listing

Social Swag

Conferral Invitation

New Graduate Guide

Frequently Asked Questions

What (and when) that celebration will be, is not entirely clear at this point, but know that we will celebrate the class and all that they have accomplished! As decisions are made and plans are finalized, we will communicate those decisions to graduates.  

All degrees for September 2019, December 2019 and May 2020 were conferred on May 15 within the Online Degree Conferral.  This included all Bachelors, Masters, Juris Doctor and Doctorate degrees. 

The Online Degree Conferral was approximately one hour.

The recorded event will be available for several months. 

Yes, the Online Degree Conferral was recorded with closed captioning. 

Each graduate has their name listed on the site.  Individuals may view a ‘slide’ of each graduate and hear their name.  We know this does not recreate an in-person ceremony, but this is an opportunity to recognize the graduate by name in some way.  There is a feature to search/filter by name and college to find your graduate in an easy way!    

Villanova’s colleges and graduates are recognized by an easy-to-sort listing of names on the Online Degree Conferral site.  

As in other years, diplomas are mailed to the address certified by the graduate.  This typically takes 4-6 weeks after Commencement. 

The program for the Conferral can be found in the 'Resources' section of this website, below, and was also emailed to all registered graduates. 

The Graduation Program Book, which includes each graduates name, had a delayed print timeline this year.  Once we know the timeline and when the on-campus Ceremony and Celebration will happen in the future, we will communicate the delivery method to those graduates interested in receiving one. 

Yes, shipping started the week of April 27 to those graduates that completed their online registration and indicated they would like one mailed.  

When you receive your cap and gown, be sure to immediately remove the gown from the bag and place it on a hanger to drop out most of the wrinkles. If needed, use a cool iron or a steamer to remove any remaining wrinkles, but don’t wash or dry clean it.

The gown zipper is worn in the front. Take your colored hood out of the package. You will want the satin blue on the inside, and the velvet program color on the outside. Place the hood over your head with the velvet ‘V’ around your neck. The tail of the hood should simply drape down your back – there is no need to fold the fabric. Last but not least, place your cap on your head – the front of the cap is indicated in the crown area, and the mortar board should be level to the floor. Traditionally, the tassel is worn on the right side before graduation, and is moved to the left after the degree is officially conferred.

The satin color of the hood represents the University colors, while the velvet color represents your specific degree/discipline, as follows:

  • Arts – White
  • Sciences – Gold
  • Nursing - Apricot
  • Engineering – Orange
  • Business – Drab
  • Public Administration – Teal

Each college will decide how they will award their medallion winners.  Honor Societies that hold virtual inductions and can mail cords, will do so.  The University does not have honor cords for students that graduate with magna, summa or cum laude honors. 

Faculty members that are receiving awards and recognition from the University for the 2019-2020 Academic Year will be celebrated in the fall and they will be contacted with more information. 

Yes, currently we have a digital option available to you for the Villanova University class of 2020 online degree conferral. There is no charge to parents or students for this announcement. You will receive a high-resolution file that you will be able to share with family and friends for the degree conferral. Traditional printed and commemorative items can be ordered at any time, they will be processed and printed as soon as the stay-at-home order has been lifted. We will contact you when we are back on campus to review your order and begin processing. Contact Bonnie Lyons (or 215-776-1196) from the Bartley Print Center to order your announcements today.

Examples of announcements and commemorative items.