The Online Degree Conferral site will open on May 15 at 4:00 pm EDT and the pre-show with well-wishes to the Class of 2020 will begin at 4:15 pm with the Ceremony starting at 4:30 pm.


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

Each year, the University President, Provost and Deans confer degrees at the University Commencement Ceremony.  The conferral, or awarding, of degrees is when the degree is technically completed and graduation occurs.

We are working to create a seamless viewing experience for all viewers. There will be a link to the YouTube platform provided on this website.  Viewers will be able to click the link to take them to the event.  

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

The Online Degree Conferral will be approximately 30-45 minutes.

Once the Online Degree Conferral has concluded, the recorded event will be available for several months. 

Yes, we will have closed captioning available for the Online Degree Conferral.

Each graduate will have their name listed on the site once the Online Degree Conferral is over.  There will be an opportunity to 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 will be a feature to search/filter by name and college to find your graduate in an easy way!    

All of Villanova’s colleges and graduates will be recognized by an easy-to-sort listing of names on May 15 after the Online Degree Conferral.  The Online Degree Conferral will occur via YouTube and the link will be provided prior to May 15.  

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, will have 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, we have contracted with the vendor to ship caps, gowns, hoods and tassels to those graduates that completed their online registration and indicated they would like one mailed.  Shipping started the week of April 27. 

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. 

At this time, we do not have a date set for the on-campus celebration for the Class of 2020.  We are monitoring the advisories and once we are cleared to start making plans for group gatherings, we will begin communicating plans for a campus ceremony and celebration.  We hope to give graduates and their families at least 45 days notice. 

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.