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Graduation & Commencement 2018


As May 2019 commencement rapidly approaches, we want to make sure you have all the information you need regarding the weekend events. Listed below are a description and timeline of Commencement Events.  In addition, there are a few items that require action from you (ordering academic regalia and RSVPs for the HRD Pre-Graduation Reception).

Full information about commencement weekend can be found on the University's commencement webpage.

If you are coming from out of town and are in need of accommodations, Villanova has a list of local hotels and inns. Many local hotels will fill up quickly during this time of year, due to the many colleges & universities having graduation ceremonies, as well! 


Who is invited to commencement?

All graduates of the past year - September 2018, December 2018, and May 2019 are allowed to walk in the May 2019 commencement ceremony.

Graduates of the future September 2019 semester are also invited to participate in the May 2019 ceremony, if desired. Graduates of the September 2019 semester will need to complete a Permission to Participate in May Commencement form.

Ordering Cap & Gown
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Details about how to order your gap & gown (academic regalia) will be posted here and emailed to students' Villanova email accounts in the Spring 2019 semester -- be on the look out!

Students can pick up their academic regalia on campus for no fee, if local, or have regalia shipped to their home address for a fee. There is no charge for the academic regalia; just the shipping fee.

2019 Commencement Weekend Events

Villanova University Commencement Ceremony


All graduate students and guests are invited to the University Commencement ceremony. The outdoor ceremony does not require tickets. In the event that the ceremony needs to be moved indoors, each graduate will be given 3 severe weather tickets (children under 3 do not need tickets). Guests without tickets will be encouraged to watch the event via streaming at various locations on campus. 

Graduates will need to report to the Jake Nevin Field House no later than 12:15 p.m if participating.

  • When: Saturday, May 18th @ 1:00pm
  • Where: Villanova Stadium
  • What: Commencement Speaker (TBD) presentation

HRD Reception for Graduates & Guests


This event is hosted just prior to the recognition and diploma distribution ceremony.

Hosted by the Graduate Programs in HRD for online and campus students, all May 2019, September 2018 and December 2018graduates and guests are invited to the HRD Graduation Reception.  A light lunch will be provided.

Please R.S.V.P. to the HRD Office by April 20, 2019, and include the number in your party (graduate + number of guests) that will be attending the HRD Graduation Reception. In the subject area of your response email, please put "RSVP HRD Reception."

  • When: Saturday, May 18th @ 10:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Where: Cafe Nova at Dougherty Hall
  • What: Light lunch; meet and greet with faculty, staff, and fellow students

You will be escorted to the Graduate Commencement ceremony at the close of the HRD Reception.

Contact Information

Campus Programs
St. Mary's Hall, Suite 119
800 E. Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, PA 19085
(p) 610-519-4582
(f) 610-519-5826

Online Program
MS in HRD - Learn more!
(p) 1-866-220-0017