Graduation & Commencement 2017


As May 2017 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 2016, December 2016, and May 2017 - are automatically registered for the May 2017 commencement ceremony and will have a name card prepared for them if they choose to attend.

Graduates of the future September 2017 semester are also invited to participate in the May 2017 ceremony, if desired. Graduates of the September 2017 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

There are two ways to obtain academic regalia (cap, gown, hood, & tassel):

1. Order Academic Regalia Online & Ship to Your Home
Order online to have academic regalia shipped to your home. There is no charge for academic regalia, but there is a shipping fee. Please select Human Resource Development - MS for 'Area of Study' to ensure the correct regalia and color. You will receive information about parking passes and commencement speaker tickets via email if you select this option. 
*DEADLINE to order cap & gown online is April 24th!

2. Pick Up Academic Regalia On Campus
Pick up your academic regalia on campus during the Graduation Fair on Thursday, April 27th from 2-9pm in the Villanova Room in the Connelly Center. If you plan to attend the Graduation Fair, you must complete the Graduation Fair Form so that the correct academic regalia and commencement speaker tickets can be assigned to you. 

2017 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 19th @ 4:00pm
  • Where: Villanova Stadium
  • What: Commencement Speaker (TBD) presentation

President's Reception for Graduates & Guests

  • When: Friday, May 19th @ 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 2017, September 2016 and December 2016 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, 2017, 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 20th @ 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 recognition and diploma distribution ceremony at the close of the HRD Reception.

Convocation Ceremony & Diploma Distribution


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. Diplomas are distributed after the ceremony.

  • When: Saturday, May 20th @ 2:00pm
  • Where: Mendel Field
  • What: Recognition ceremony (graduates names are read) and diploma distribution afterward
No tickets are needed for this event. There is plenty of seating under the tent, but it is first come first served. The event will be held outdoors under a large tent rain or shine. 

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
c/o University Alliance
Call 1-866-220-0017 or visit