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Commencement - General Information

Dear Graduates of the Class of 2020 and 2021,

We look forward to marking your achievements as a graduate of Villanova University!

What (and when) that celebration will be, is not entirely clear at this point, but know that we will celebrate you and all that you have accomplished! As decisions are made and plans are finalized, we will communicate those decisions to you and your families.

I know you have all worked incredibly hard to get to this point, and are looking forward to commemorating this significant moment in your lives with your family and friends. We want that too, and look forward to welcoming (and celebrating) you as Villanova alumni.

Sincerely,

The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA
President

This website is the best place to gather information about Commencement weekend, but we also offer the following opportunities to stay connected with Commencement 2021!

  • TEXT UPDATES: Villanova University offers a complimentary text system for Commencement 2021 updates. The system will provide guests with text messages regarding parking and traffic, as well as notification should any Commencement events be moved or canceled due to weather or an unexpected circumstance. Registration is quick and easy.  Information available in March, 2021.
  • NOVAGUIDE APP: Download the NovaGuide App and follow the Commencement 2021 Guide, it includes maps, information about dining options and even allows you to set your personal schedule for the weekend.
  • EMAIL: Check your emails! Starting in January all potential graduates will start receiving emails with Commencement details.
  • FOLLOW US!  TwitterFacebook and Instagram
Commencement text alerts - register by texting 888777

As of October 2020, the specific details for Commencement 2021 have not yet been determined.  We will work to communicate details as they become available.  Students will receive the first communication for the Class of 2021 Commencement in November 2020. 

For a detailed schedule, please visit the Schedule of Events.

Each undergraduate candidate will be given two tickets for the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony. The graduate and up to two guests will be seated on the stadium field. Other non-ticketed guests may be seated on a first-come, first-served basis in the bleacher seats on both sides of the field. (Should the Undergraduate Ceremony be moved indoors due to severe weather, the two tickets will serve as your guests' indoor admission tickets).

Tickets will be distributed at the Graduation Fair on April 14, 2021 in the Connelly Center, Villanova Room.  Graduates must use the Commencement Registration to request their tickets. 


The Graduate Commencement Ceremony does not require tickets.  Guests may be seated on a first-come, first-served basis on the stadium field and in the bleacher seats on both sides of the field. However, the each graduate student candidate will be given the opportunity to receive up to three severe weather tickets for the indoor ceremony, should that be needed. 

Graduate student severe weather tickets will be available for pick up at the Graduation Fair on April 14 or included in the Cap and Gown mailing.   Graduates must use the Commencement Registration to request their tickets. 

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 14, 2021 in the Connelly Center, Villanova Room (for undergraduate students) and via the online order for Caps and Gowns (for graduate students).  For 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.

To find more information, please visit Parking and Maps.

 

If weather conditions warrant a change of plans for an outdoor Commencement event, the decision will be made at least 2 hours prior to the scheduled start. A message will be posted on the Villanova University homepage as well as (610) 519-4505 and (610) 519-8881.

Friday

Undergraduate University Commencement Ceremony Severe Weather Contingency Plans

Should severe weather conditions (thunder, lightning and heavy rain) force the University Commencement Ceremony to move indoors, the measures below will be in effect. We ask for your patience and understanding should the University Commencement Ceremony need to be relocated.

  • Location: The Finneran Pavilion
  • Time: 4:30 p.m.  (doors to the Finneran Pavilion will open at 3 p.m.)
  • Admittance: Only those in academic attire or with tickets will be admitted.
  • Tickets: During cap and gown distribution, undergraduate candidates will be given two tickets for the Commencement Ceremony. The same tickets are used for the relocated ceremony.  Children under the age of three do not need tickets.

Saturday

Undergraduate College Convocations Severe Weather Contingency 

Undergraduate College Convocations will be held outdoors in light rain, so please be prepared with umbrellas and rain gear.  If it is determined that the weather is too severe, we ask for your patience as we determine tenting and indoor location scheduling.  All convocations are recorded and are available to view after the weekend on the Villanova YouTube Channel. 

Graduate University Commencement Ceremony Severe Weather Contingency Plans

Should severe weather conditions (thunder, lightning and heavy rain) force the Graduate University Commencement Ceremony to move indoors, the measures below will be in effect. We ask for your patience and understanding should the Graduate University Commencement Ceremony need to be relocated.

  • Location: The Finneran Pavilion
  • Time: 1 p.m.  (doors to the Finneran Pavilion will open at 12 p.m.)
  • Admittance: Only those in academic attire or with tickets will be admitted.
  • Tickets: Graduate student candidates will be given three severe weather tickets for the Commencement Ceremony. Children under the age of three do not need tickets.
    Ticket Distribution: Graduation seating tickets will be distributed to all graduates as part of the Graduation Fair in April or shipped with the Cap and Gown.     

Simulcast and Webcast Information

In the event of severe weather, there will be first come, first served seating at several additional simulcast viewing locations on campus:

  • Bartley Hall: Room numbers 1001, 1010, 2001, 2010, 3001, 3010
  • Driscoll Hall: Room numbers 132, 134, 221, 227, 240, 240, 246, 248

 Live Video Streaming

The Undergraduate University Commencement Ceremony on Friday & Graduate Ceremony on Saturday will be streamed live

 

Commencement Video

Simulcast and Webcast Information

In the event of severe weather, there will be first come, first served seating at several additional simulcast viewing locations on campus:

  • Bartley Hall: Room numbers 1001, 1010, 2001, 2010, 3001, 3010
  • Driscoll Hall: Room numbers 132, 134, 221, 227, 240, 240, 246, 248

 Live Video Streaming

The Undergraduate University Commencement Ceremony on Friday & Graduate Ceremony on Saturday will be streamed live

Commencement Photos

For photographs taken as graduates were walking across the stage at the Graduate Commencement, College Convocations and NROTC Ceremony, please visit Legacy Photography.  An email was sent to all graduates of those colleges that will contain an individual 'pin' to view the photos. There is contact information at this site to retrieve your PIN.

For photographs taken at the Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Ceremony, please visit the Villanova University Commencement Photo Archive

Friday, May 14  8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 15  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 16  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday, May 14 Donahue Hall, 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. for breakfast; 10:45 am until 2:00 pm for lunch. Full buffet offerings.
Friday, May 14 Holy Grounds in the Connelly Center, 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. Quick serve options for coffee and muffins.
Friday, May 14 Holy Grounds in CEER, 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Quick serve options for coffee, muffins, sandwiches and salads.
Friday, May 14 The Exchange at Bartley Hall, 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Quick serve options for coffee, muffins, sandwiches, and salads.
Friday, May 14 Cafe Nova at Dougherty Hall, 10:45 a.m. until 4 p.m. Espresso drinks and A la Carte salads, sandwiches and flatbreads.   
Saturday, May 15 The Exchange at Bartley Hall, 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Quick serve options for coffee, muffins, sandwiches and salads.
Saturday, May 15 Belle Air Terrace, Connelly Center, 8 a.m. until 2p.m. Quick serve options including sandwiches and salad bar.
Saturday, May 15 Holy Grounds, Connelly Center, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Quick serve options for coffee and muffins.
Saturday, May 15 (LUNCH) Villanova University Dining Services will offer a buffet lunch on campus  from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Dougherty Dining Hall for $10.00 per person.  If you are interested in staying on campus for lunch,  Please fill out this brief form so that we are able to accommodate your guests and prepare adequately.   PLEASE NOTE - BY FILLING OUT THIS FORM, YOU ARE NOT RESERVING A TABLE, RATHER ALLOWING US TO PREPARE ADEQUATELY FOR OUR GUESTS.

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