Graduation & Commencement 2018


As May 2018 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 2017, December 2017, and May 2018 - are automatically registered for the May 2018commencement ceremony and will have a name card prepared for them if they choose to attend.

Graduates of the future September 2018 semester are also invited to participate in the May 2018 ceremony, if desired. Graduates of the September 2018 semester will need to complete a Permission to Participate in May Commencement form to be registered for the ceremony. Once registered, students will have a name card prepared for them and can walk and have their name read at graduation if they attend.

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 2018 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.

2018 Commencement Weekend Events

Villanova University Commencement Ceremony


All undergraduate & graduate students and guests are invited to the University Commencement ceremony. Each graduate will receive TWO (2) tickets to this event. Additional first come, first served bleacher seating will be available for unlimited non-ticketed guests.  

Graduates' names are NOT read at this event.

Graduates report to the Pavilion no later than 3:15 p.m if participating.

  • When: Friday, May 18th @ 4:00pm
  • Where: Villanova Stadium
  • What: Commencement Speaker (TBD) presentation

President's Reception for Graduates & Guests

  • When: Friday, May 18th @ 6:00-9:00pm
  • Where: Connelly Center

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 2018, September 2017 and December 2017 graduates 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, 2018, 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 19th @ 11:30am-1:00pm
  • 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 Convocation ceremony at the close of the HRD Reception.

Graduate Liberal Arts & Sciences Convocation Ceremony


The Convocation Ceremony is dedicated solely to students receiving their master’s or doctoral degree in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  This ceremony is exclusive to graduate students. All graduates will have their names called and participate in a procession at this ceremony.

Please note: No diplomas are distributed during the ceremony.  Diplomas will be mailed directly to graduates from the Office of the Registrar.  

  • When: Saturday, May 19th @ 2:00pm
  • Where: Villanova Football Stadium
  • What: Recognition ceremony (graduates names are read)
No tickets are needed for this event. There is plenty of seating, but it is first come first served.  This event will be held outdoors.  The event will continue in light rain, so please be prepared with umbrellas and rain gear.  If it is determined that the weather is too severe (thunder, lightning and heavy rain) to hold an outdoor ceremony, the Convocations will be canceled.  
If the Convocation is canceled for severe weather, the HRD Graduation Reception will still be held and we will recognize our graduates during this event.
Three graduate students walking on campus

Our Graduate Open House is October 23. Register today!

Contact Information

Campus Programs
St. Mary's Hall, Suite 119

800 Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, PA 19085
(p) 610-519-4582
(f) 610-519-5826

Online Program
M.S. in HRD
Call 1-866-220-0017 or visit