Information for Family & Friends

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 15

9 a.m. School of Law Mass | St. Thomas of Villanova Church

10:30 a.m. Charles Widger School of Law Commencement Ceremony | Finneran Pavilion

12 p.m. Charles Widger School of Law Reception | School of Law

1 p.m. ROTC Mass and Commissioning Ceremony | St. Thomas of Villanova Church

4:30 p.m. Undergraduate University Commencement Ceremony | Villanova Stadium

6-8 p.m. President's Reception for Graduates and Guests | Connelly Center

Saturday, May 16

9 a.m. Undergraduate Convocations

    College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | Finneran Pavilion

    M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing | Driscoll Hall 

    College of Professional Studies | Connelly Center

    College of Engineering | Campus Green

    School of Business | TBD

1 p.m. Graduate University Commencement Ceremony | Villanova Stadium

4:30 p.m. Baccalaureate Mass | Campus Green

Parking & Maps

Please note that other area colleges will be holding graduation ceremonies during this same time period. Traffic conditions will be congested. Guests are urged to arrive early and to car pool or use public transportation.

Public Transportation - SEPTA

We highly recommend this convenient way to travel to campus during Commencement weekend.  Guests should consider using the Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail service to Villanova station or the Norristown High-speed Line service to the Stadium or Villanova stops.There is also a service from the Airport to campus via the  Visit the SEPTA website to map your trip.


If you plan to use Uber or carpool to campus for Commencement weekend, the designated Uber drop- off and pick-up location for Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 there are two drop off locations. One drop-off point is the Lancaster Avenue entrance of the I-1 lot and the other is the S-3 lot.  If you use Uber, a limited number of $5 discounts are available for the weekend, using the code VILLANOVACOMMENCEMENT2019


Commencement Weekend Parking- PASSES REQUIRED

Each graduate will have the opportunity to sign up for two parking passes on the Graduation Fair form. The parking passes will be for a designated parking lot and will be distributed at the Graduation Fair on April 10, 2019 in the Connelly Center, Villanova Room (for undergraduate students) and via the online order for Caps and Gowns (for graduate students). One of the two parking passes that each graduate receives can be returned in exchange for an accessible parking lot (Lot A-2) at the Graduation Fair. For more information about accessible parking, please see the details below. On campus parking will be limited and every vehicle must have Commencement parking pass to enter campus on Friday afternoon and Saturday. Parking passes are also required for the Radnor Financial Center and a shuttle service will be available.

Accessible Parking- PASSES REQUIRED

Any graduate whose guests require accessible parking may access the reserved parking behind the University Stadium (Lot A-2). Eligible persons include those with a state-issued handicapped license plate or handicapped placard. A graduate may exchange one of the designated lot parking passes (they receive 2 passes for a designated lot) for a pass to the accessible parking lot (Lot A-2). Graduates should indicate if an accible parking pass is needed on the Graduation Fair form so the pass is available for pick-up. The license plate must be on the vehicle or the placard displayed and easily visible to the parking attendants when approaching the parking lot. Please enter through the Galberry entrance off of Lancaster Ave. Once parked, hosts and golf carts will be available to assist with transport to the Commencement ceremonies.

Drop Off Areas

For those guests that may need some extra assistance, each ceremony has a designated drop off area that may be utilized. The driver may drop guests off at these areas and then process to their designated parking lot. Hosts and golf carts will be available at the designated drop off area to assist with transport to the Commencement ceremonies.



Area Hotels

Name Telephone Distance
from Villanova

The Inn at Villanova University

This university owned and operated Inn, was recently renovated and offers our guests a setting that is fresh and comfortable with the gracious hospitality that is a Villanova tradition. 

1 mile
ACE Conference Center- Lafayette Hill
8 miles
Bed & Breakfast, The Great Valley House 610-644-6759
8 miles
Bed & Breakfast Inn, Wayne 610-715-2224
2 miles
Bed & Breakfast Connections of Philadelphia 800-448-3619
Varies by location
Best Western - Concordville 610-358-9400
22 miles
Best Western - King of Prussia 610-265-4500
6 miles
Bryn Mawr Guest Suites 610-520-2669
1 mile
Comfort Inn Valley Forge - King of Prussia 610-962-0700
10 miles
Courtyard - Collegeville 484-974-2600
17 miles
Courtyard - Devon 610-687-6633
4 miles
Courtyard - Malvern Great Valley 610-993-2600
13 miles
Courtyard - Plymouth Meeting 610-238-0695
11 miles
Courtyard - Valley Forge 610-687-6700
8 miles
Courtyard Philadelphia  City Avenue 215-477-0200 6 miles
Crowne Plaza Hotel - King of Prussia 610-265-7500
7 miles
Dolce - Valley Forge 610-337-1200
5 miles
Double Tree Suites by HIlton Philadelphia Valley Forge
610-337-1200 5 miles
Double Tree Suites by HIlton, Plymouth Meeting 610-834-8300
11 miles
Desmond Hotel - Malvern 610-296-9800 13 miles
Embassy Suites - Airport 215-365-4500 18 miles
Embassy Suites - Center City 215-561-1776 12 miles
Embassy Suites - Philadelphia, Valley Forge 610-647-6700 5 miles
Fairfield Inn & Suites Philadelphia Broomall/Newtown Square
 for 169 USD  per night
 Book your group rate for Villanova Family Weekend 
610-355-2335 5 miles
Fairfield Inn - Great Valley 484-324-4111 9 miles
Fairfield Inn - King of Prussia 610-337-0700 5 miles
Hampton Inn - Airport 215-966-1300 20 miles
Hampton Inn - Great Valley 610-699-1300 7 miles
Hampton Inn - King of Prussia 610-962-8111 6 miles
Hampton Inn - Philadelphia Convention Center 215-665-9100 14 miles
Hampton Inn - Plymouth Meeting 610-567-0900 9 miles
Hampton Inn - Valley Forge 610-676-0900 9 miles
Hilton - Airport 215-365-4150 18 miles
Hilton Garden Inn 
Newtown Square/Radnor
15% OFF Best Available Rate - Click here 
To get 15% off rate showing online
484-420-7500 4 miles
Hilton Hotel City Avenue 215-879-4000 12 miles
Holiday Inn Express - King of Prussia 610-768-9500 8 miles
Holiday Inn Express - Malvern 610-651-0400 13 miles
Homewood Suites by Hilton - Malvern 610-296-3500 13 miles

Homewood Suites by Hilton Philadelphia-Plymouth Meeting
Use this link for a special Villanova discount!

7 miles
Howard Johnson's - Springfield 610-544-4700 5 Miles
Hyatt House, King of Prussia 610-265-0300
ext. 613
9 miles
Hyatt Place, King of Prussia
SPECIAL PRICING FOR Villanova Families
ext. 2
9 miles
HYATT House - Plymouth Meeting
Click here
 for a special Villanova discount!
610-313-9990 10 miles
Marriott West - Conshohocken
Click here for a special rate for Villanova Families!
610-941-5600 4 miles
Motel 6 - King of Prussia 610-265-7200 8 miles
Radnor Hotel 610-688-5800 1 mile
Radisson Hotel- Valley Forge 610-337-2000 8 miles
Radisson Plaza - Warwick Hotel Center City 215-735-6000 8 miles
Residence Inn by Marriott Philadelphia/Conshohocken 610-828-8800 6 miles
Residence Inn - Philadelphia Airport
25 miles
Residence Inn - Great Valley/Malvern 484-899-7800 13 miles
Residence Inn - Valley Forge 610-640-9494 6 miles
Sheraton Suites - Airport 215-365-6600 18 miles
Sheraton - Great Valley 610-524-5500 17 miles
Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel 484-238-1800 9 miles
Springhill Suites - Plymouth Meeting 888-287-9400 11 miles
Staybridge Suites - Malvern 610-296-4343 16 miles

The Inn at Swarthmore

610-543-7500 12 miles
Wayne Bed & Breakfast Inn 610-715-2220
2 miles
Wayne Hotel 610-687-5000 2 miles

Area Restaurants

I - Inexpensive ($15 and below)
M - Moderate ($16 - $30)
E - Expensive ($31 - $50)
VE - Very Expensive ($51 or more)

Casual Dining

Minella's Diner (I)
320 West Lancaster Ave.
Wayne, 610-687-1575

The Grog (I)
863Lancaster Ave
Bryn MAwr, PA
Main and Vine Bistro
789 East Lancaster Ave
Villanova, PA 19085
(484) 380-3688
Bonefish Grill ūüźü King of Prussia
160 N Gulf Road, King of Prussia, PA Restaurant:  610.265.3415

Free Bang Bang Shrimp AND $5 off lunch for Orientation and Villanova Family Weekend!
Pick up your coupons in CAT office or at the info tables.

The Gryphon Cafe (I)
105 West Lancaster Avenue


Garrett Hill Ale House (M)
157 Garrett Ave.
Bryn Mawr, 610-519-0500

Nova Mediterranean Grill
815 Lancaster Ave

Winger's (take-out) (I)
819 Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, 610-519-0300


First Watch
775 E. Lancaster Ave.,                   
Villanova, 610-527-3447


Great American Pub (I)
Locations in Conshohocken, and Wayne

Ruby's  Diner (I)
5 Coulter Avenue
Suburban Square
Ardmore, 610-896-7829
Chili's (I)
312 W. Lancaster Ave.
Wayne, 610-687-100

Gypsy Saloon
128 Ford St.
W. Conshohocken
(610) 828-8494

Teresa's Cafe  (M)
124 North Wayne Ave.
Wayne, 610-293-9909
Christopher's (M)
108 North Wayne Ave.
Wayne, 610-687-6558
Gullifty's (M)
1149 Lancaster Ave.
Rosemont, 610-525-1851
Starbuck's (I)
Lancaster Avenue
Wayne, 610-254-5062
Bryn Mawr, 610-526-0650

Flip & Bailey's Bar & Grill (M)
900 Conestoga Rd.
Rosemont, 610-527-4826


International House of Pancakes (I)
130 West Lancaster Ave.
Ardmore, 610-642-2555

Lourdas (Greek) (M)
50 N. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Bryn Mawr, 610-520-0288

BYOB - Cash Only, Reservations Required

Kelly's Taproom and Pub(I)
1107  Lancaster Ave.
Bryn Mawr,
(610) 520-9344 

Sontuosa (M)
26 N. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Bryn Mawr, 484-222-6216






333 Belrose (E)
Belrose Lane & King of Prussia Rd.
Radnor, 610-293-1000


Tango (M)
39 Morris Ave.
Bryn Mawr Train Station
Bryn Mawr, 610-526-9500

Morton's The Steakhouse (E)
640 West DeKalb Pike
King of Prussia, PA


Fogo de Chao(E)
155  Main St, Town Center

King of Prussia, 484.965.9655 

Creed's Seafood and Steakhouse (E)
499 North Gulph Rd.
King of Prussia, 610-265-2550


The Stone Rose (E)
729 East Hector St.
Conshohocken, 610-828-9341

Coyote Crossing (M)
800 Spring Mill Ave.
Conshohocken, 610-825-3000


Nectar (E)
1091 Lancaster Avenue
Berwyn, (610) 725-9000

Flemings (E)
555 East Lancaster Ave


Trattoria Giusepp(M)
4799 West Chester Pike
Edgemont,  610.353.4871
Glenmorgan Bar & Grill (M)
(Radnor Hotel)
593 East Lancaster Ave.
St. David's, 610-341-3188

Ruth's Chris Steak House (E)
Mall Blvd & North Gulph Rd.
King of Prussia, 610-992-1818

La Collina (E)
37-41 Ashland Ave.
Belmont Hills
Bala Cynwyd, 610-668-1780
  Viggiano's (M)
16 E. First Ave.
Conshohocken, 610-825-3151
Maggiano's Little Italy (M)
Gulph Road - King of Prussia Mall
King of Prussia, 610-992-3333

White Dog Cafe (E)
200 W Lancaster Ave

Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar 
555 East Lancaster Ave

Yangming (E)
County Line &
Conestoga Rd.
Bryn Mawr, 610-527-3200

Savona (VE)
100 Old Gulph Rd.  
Gulph Mills, 610-520-1200

Silk Cuisine (M)
654 Lancaster Ave.
Bryn Mawr, 610-520-2470

Commencement Flowers

Commencement Announcements

Graduation announcements, thank you notes, and other commemorative items are available via Villanova University Graphic Services. You can choose customizable printed announcements which include personalized pictures and text. Announcements can be shipped to your home, office, or picked up at the print center. Contact Bonnie Lyons at the Bartley Print Center to set up your account and order your announcements today. Contact: Bonnie Lyons 610-519-5915 or email questions to You can also visit for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to see the Frequently Asked Questions about Villanova University's Commencement Weekend.