Graduate Engineering Commencement Information

The University holds one Commencement ceremony each academic year
(Summer, Fall and Spring), which is held every May.

Please email with questions.

Updated 5/31/2023


Graduate Students approaching degree completion should review the information below to ensure you are aligned appropriately.

All academic requirements must be completed and processed before the date of graduation. Students expecting to graduate must submit the online application through myNOVA no later than the date specified in the chart below (also see the academic calendar) in which they expect to complete their program requirements.  Those who miss the deadline for May graduation will not have their names printed in the Commencement program.


Who should apply for Graduation?
All Villanova University graduate students in the College of Engineering are required to submit a prospective graduate form prior to the completion of his/her degree requirements.

If you registered for a previous graduation term and did not graduate, you must re-apply for your new graduation date

How do you apply for Graduation?
In myNOVA, Search and select “Prospective Graduate Form”. Step-by-step instructions can be found here.

When do you apply for Graduation?

Graduate Date

Submit Application Between

September 1

February 1 – June 15

December 31

March 1 – September 15

May 31

August 25 – January 31

What if I don't finish my requirements until Summer or Fall?
Permission to Participate in May Commencement:

Any graduate student expecting to complete his/her degree requirements in the semester/session following May graduation may request permission to participate in the Commencement ceremonies in May by completing the Request to Participate In Graduation Ceremonies. A student requesting this permission should have no more than six credits to complete.  Your name will not appear in the Commencement program until the following May, after you have officially graduated. 

Please note:
Participating in Commencement does not mean you are graduating.  You will not have your name listed in the Commencement Ceremony Program and you will not be issued a diploma until your degree requirements are completed. You must apply to graduate separately.  Register (or re-register) for graduation via the myNOVA portal to access the prospective graduation form (see information at the top of this page).

Trouble applying through MyNova?
If you are unable to complete the Prospective Graduate Form due to technical difficulties and/or a late application (please refer to application submission dates), a hold on your account, inactive status, or less than 21 earned credit hours on your transcript, please email for the appropriate steps to complete an alternate graduate form.

Register to attend graduation and details on Academic Regalia
Students approved to participate in May commencement ceremony will receive an email from, via Marching Order. Watch for this email.

Honors Categories
All graduate students must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher to receive their master's degrees. Therefore, there are no honors categories for master's level students.