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VLS Commencement Ceremony

Villanova University

Charles Widger School of Law 

May 14-15, 2021


The ceremony will be held on the Campus Green, with a reception immediately following in the same location. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Finneran Pavilion.


Given the most recent capacity guidelines from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, graduates are now allowed to have two guests at select events during Commencement Weekend. We that many students and families will choose to attend these events remotely, so we are also committed to providing a highly produced virtual option for anyone celebrating off campus.

The schedule for Villanova Law's 2021 Commencement Weekend is as follows:

Thursday, May 13
1:00 p.m. 
– Convocation (by invitation only)

Friday, May 14
10:30 a.m.
– Baccalaureate Mass* (Charles Widger School of Law graduates and two guests are invited to attend)

Saturday, May 15
11:00 a.m. – Charles Widger School of Law Commencement and Reception*

*Events will be livestreamed; no more than two guests permitted. No exceptions.

With this change, it is important to reinforce expectations for any guests in attendance. Regardless of whether an individual has been vaccinated, all graduates and guests must follow Villanova’s CARITAS Commitment, which includes wearing a mask and physical distancing at all times throughout the weekend. Additionally, while we are committed to providing a celebratory weekend, we anticipate we will not be able to meet our normal standards of guest hospitality, such as on-campus shuttle services and guest dining options, so please plan accordingly.

More details will be communicated in the coming weeks, and the latest information will soon available on the Commencement website. We are pleased we were able to make this change with the new guidance from the Commonwealth, and look forward to celebrating our graduates and their accomplishments this May.

NOTE: In the event of severe weather, there will be necessary adjustments made to the current schedule. Events would take place on the same scheduled day; however, time changes and/or further guest limitations may be necessary to accommodate indoor ceremonies. Those changes would be made, and the details shared, either the evening before or the morning of the events. 


If you have specific questions, please email the Villanova Law