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Graduate Candidates' Checklist

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Submit your Prospective Graduate Form online via myNOVA - go to the Graduation Information channel on the Student tab.

Villanova School of Business: Please fill out the form available in the Graduate Programs Office in Bartley Hall. The form should be completed and returned the semester before you plan to graduate.

College of Engineering: Complete the Graduation Application and submit to your departmental office prior to registration for your final semester. Be sure to check the late January submission deadline.

M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing: Download the Graduate Application and instructions.


Please check your Villanova inbox for an email from to fill out the Commencement Registration Form.  The email should be sent the first week of December. 

The form will ask how you want your name pronounced at the ceremony, number of tickets and parking passes you require for the weekend.

The deadline for filling out the form is March 20.

Students must meet all financial obligations before their diploma and transcript can be released. Questions concerning your account may be directed to the Bursar's Office at (610) 519-4258.

Tickets are not required for the Graduate Commencement Ceremony if it is held outdoors in the Villanova Stadium.  However, each graduate student can request up to three severe weather tickets for the Ceremony should the weather necessitate that the Ceremony be moved indoors.  Tickets will be distributed at the Graduation Fair on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 in the Connelly Center, Villanova Room or shipped with your cap and gown.  

Cap and Gown Distribution

Graduate students have two options for obtaining their caps and gowns: 

Option 1.  
Graduate students are able to order their cap and gown online and have it shipped.  Shipping fees apply.  Online orders must be placed by March 20.  Online orders are processed through the Commencement Registration Form that will be emailed from 

Option 2. Cap and Gowns are also available for all graduate candidates at the Graduation Fair on April 14, 2021 in the Villanova Room, Connelly Center (no fee). The Fair will be held from 10 a.m. -7 p.m.  

Graduate students wishing to pick up their Cap, Gown, parking passes and tickets to the Graduate University Ceremony in person at the Graduation Fair, must fill out the Commencement Registration Form that was emailed from  The form must be filled out by March 20.  



Villanova University uses a navy blue cap and gown for its Commencement activities. 


There is no fee for academic attire.  Graduate students have a small fee for shipping their academic attire. 

Keep Your Cap and Gown

Graduates will keep all academic attire at the conclusion of the ceremony.

What Is The History Behind The Cap and Gown?

History of the Academic Costume and Ceremony provided by the American Council on Education.

Commencement Weekend Parking
Graduates will have the opportunity to receive two designated-lot parking passes for all ceremonies. Each graduate must indicate the number of parking passes needed. Passes will then be distributed at the Graduation Fair on April 14, 2021 in the Connelly Center, Villanova Room or shipped with the Cap and Gown if that option is selected.  

On-campus parking will be limited and every vehicle must have Commencement parking pass to enter campus on Friday afternoon and Saturday. 

Accessible Parking
Any graduate whose guests require accessible parking may exchange one of their designated lot parking passes (they receive 2 each) for a pass to an accessible parking lot.  Eligible persons include those with a state-issued handicapped license plate or handicapped placard.  The license plate must be on the vehicle or the placard displayed and easily visible to the parking attendants when approaching the parking lot. Once parked, hosts and golf carts will be available to assist with transport to the Commencement ceremonies.

Any guests without a handicap placard but still requiring assistance may be dropped-off behind the University Stadium (Lot A-2). Please use the Galberry entrance off of Lancaster Ave. Please see the Parking and Maps section of the webpage for specific details.  Parking conditions are extremely crowded for Commencement. We urge you and your guests to arrive early and to car pool, or consider taking the SEPTA Regional Rail.

The Registrar's Office will mail all diplomas to the address provided on your Prospective Graduate Form or Application to Graduate.  In the absence of a completed form, diplomas will be mailed to the graduates' permanent home address of record.  Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.  If you need to make special arrangements for pickup, please contact the Registrar's Office directly.