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VLS Commencement Ceremony

Villanova University 
Charles Widger School of Law 

Saturday, May 14 | 10:30 a.m.
Finneran Pavilion



Baccalaureate Mass

10:30 a.m. | Rowen Campus Green

All undergraduate, master, doctoral and law graduates and their guests are welcome. No RSVP required

Commencement Lunch on the Green

11:30 a.m. | Location TBD

Immediately following the Baccalaureate Mass, a picnic-style lunch provided by Wawa will be offered on campus. Graduates and their guests may purchase lunch in advance for $10 per person. Each lunch will come with a Wawa hoagie or bowl, as well as apple slices, a bag of chips, a marshmallow dessert bar and a beverage. Purchase your lunch now.

For more information on these events, please see the University's schedule of events



Charles Widger School of Law Commencement and Reception

10:30 a.m. | Moved indoors to the Finneran Pavilion.

The Commencement ceremony lasts approximately 1.5 hours; tickets are not required for the law school ceremony and there is currently no limit to the number of guests for each graduate (subject to change).

Name Cards/Student Assembly

Beginning at 10:00 a.m., all graduates’ name cards will be available in the Finneran Pavilion, on the lower level near the Fitzgerald Club. (Pickup of hoods, caps and gowns will be available for those who cannot pick them up ahead of time.) Staff volunteers will be at tables to assist you. Graduates must pick up their name cards prior to lining up.

At 10:10 a.m., all graduates should report to the graduate assembly area in the lower level of the Finneran Pavilion, wearing caps and gown (tassels to the right). Law School staff will be on hand to assist you in lining up. There is no place in the assembly area to leave personal items. Please leave these items with your guests or in a secured location.


Graduate Procession and Seating

Graduates will line up at 10:20 a.m. in two side-by-side lines in any order you wish. Please follow the instructions of the staff volunteers on hand to help line up the graduates. (Note: the person you wish to sit next to should line up in front or behind you, the two lines will break once you arrive at the seating area). The processional will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. Dean Centeno will lead the procession down the path into the graduate seating area. Staff floor marshals will direct you to your seats. Please do not skip seats and be sure to follow the guidance of the staff marshals.

**LLM and MT Graduates: Students receiving the LLM and MT degrees will line up behind the JD graduates. Professor Mullane will lead the procession of LLM and MT graduates into the graduate seating area. LLMs should sit together and MTs should sit together.


Calling of the Names

Graduates will be called forward one row at a time. As your row is called forward, follow the directions of the marshal to approach the stage. PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO BRING YOUR NAME CARD.  When you approach the stage, graduates will scan your name card and then continue across the stage as your name is called. Staff will be on hand to assist. After you cross the stage, you will pick up your scroll* and shake hands (if you wish) with Deans Alexander and Centeno. (LLM and MT Graduates will shake hands with Dean Alexander and Professor Mullane). A professional photographer will take your photo when you exit the stage. You will then return to your seat as the rest of the graduates are called forward. When the ceremony concludes, graduates will recess behind Dean Centeno, following faculty and stage party into reception area (also in the Pavilion).

*Your actual diploma will be mailed home to you.

As of Thursday, May 12, the Commencement Ceremony for the Charles Widger School of Law Class of 2022 has been moved indoors to the Finneran Pavillion. The Finneran Pavilion (#2 on the map below) is located at the corner of Ithan and Lancaster Avenues. A reception at the Pavilion will immediately follow the ceremony.

Please see the Commencement map for location and parking information. 

General parking will be in the law S-4 and S-5 lots at the law school (noted on the map below). A shuttle will run continuously between these lots and the Finneran Pavilion (#2 on the map). 

For those with mobility challenges, drop-off will be available behind the Pavilion This area is accessed by entering off of Lancaster Ave. For those with an ADA pass, parking is available in the A-2 or M-1 lots (noted on the map).

Please see the Commencement map for location and parking information. 

No tickets are required to enter the Villanova Law Commencement Ceremony. 

Graduation announcements and other commemorative items are available via Bartley Print Center. You can choose customizable printed announcements, which include personalized pictures and text. Announcements can be shipped to your home, office or student mailbox. Visit the iPrint website to get started!

The Class of 2022 Ceremonies will be simulcast live on May 13 and 14.  Please view the live stream information for the links. 

Villanova partners with a photography company for Commencement photos. Graduates will receive additional information in May. 



If you have specific questions, please contact the Villanova Law Commencement Team