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Undergraduate Candidates' Checklist

Before Commencement

Check with your advisor to make sure that academic credits fulfill the requirements.

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

Complete a Prospective Graduate Form online via myNOVA - go to the Graduation Information channel on the Student tab.  This form will allow you to indicate how you would like your name to appear on the diploma and to provide an address where your diploma should be mailed after graduation.

Please check your inbox for an email from to fill out the Commencement Registration Form.

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.

If you are unsure of your status, you should check your graduation status through myNOVA - search for the Graduation Information.  If graduates are uncertain of their status, they should contact the Academic Dean of their College.

The Senior Survey for Undergraduates

Each year Villanova collects important data from graduating seniors through a two-part Senior Survey outlined below.

For each completed Senior Survey (both parts) received, the University will make a $1 donation to charity in honor of the Class of 2021.  You will be able to direct where you would like donations to go by selecting from one of three charities on the Survey itself.

Part I - The Senior Survey

This year Villanova is participating in a national study conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at the University of California, Los Angeles. Graduating seniors will receive an email with the subject:  Villanova University Senior Survey Part I, with a link directly to the College Senior Survey. The web survey will be available for approximately three weeks. Please complete the survey at your earliest convenience once you have received notification to do so. It is best to complete the survey on a computer. All responses to the Senior Survey will remain confidential. 

Graduating Seniors who have not completed the survey through the initial email will receive follow-up reminders with the following text as the subject: “A reminder to complete Part I, Senior Survey.”

After that time, Part I will only be available as a paper survey. Those who did not complete the survey online will be asked to complete a paper copy of the survey at Cap & Gown distribution.


Part II - The Senior Survey: Post-Graduation Career Outcomes

Part II of the Senior Survey is administered online each year by the Career Center to learn more about the career outcomes and internship experiences of Villanova graduates. Specifically, the survey is designed to identify the numbers of students who are employed, continuing education or seeking their next destination within six months of graduation as well as information about internships completed while studying at Villanova. This survey also assists the Career Center in assessing the initial salary levels offered in various fields and in various cities. This information is helpful to the Career Center staff in counseling and advising students and alumni, and provides valuable insight for faculty, students and parents about the wide range of opportunities available to Villanova students.

Graduating Seniors are asked to complete Part II of the Senior Survey online prior to the Graduation Fair. Follow up surveys will be conducted up to six months after graduation, so the Career Center asks that you provide accurate contact information in the survey so they can best reach you after you receive your degree.


The Graduation Fair for the Class of 2021 will be held virtually in April, 2021.  More information will be communicated to the graduates in the Spring of 2021.  

Cap and Gown Distribution

Cap and Gowns are available for all undergraduate candidates for graduation at the Graduation Fair on April 14, 2021 in the Villanova Room, Connelly Center.  


Villanova University uses a navy blue cap and gown for its Commencement activities. Sample photos are located here.  


There is no fee for academic attire.  


Undergraduate students DO NOT need to order or be measured ahead of time. When you arrive to the Graduation Fair for pickup, you will be given your academic attire that matches your height and degree. 

Keep Your Cap and Gown

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

Another Person Will Pick It Up

If the graduate is unable to attend the Graduation Fair, the graduate may have someone else pick up their academic attire. The graduate must first fill in the Graduation Fair form in advance. Please provide that person picking up the academic attire with written/emailed permission that includes graduate's name, height, degree and Student ID number. The person picking up the items must provide that information during the Graduation Fair in order to receive the academic attire. In addition, students should complete the Senior Survey (parts I & II) before the fair if they are having someone else pick up their cap and gown.

What Is The History Behind The Cap and Gown?

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

Each graduate 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 guest’s indoor admission tickets).

Tickets will be distributed at the Graduation Fair on April 14, 2021 in the Connelly Center, Villanova Room.

If you have guests who may be unable to manage the bleachers, please alert an usher. The usher will direct you to appropriate seating on the field. Guests who require a sign language interpreter should contact to secure special reserved seating.

A simulcast will be available in Bartley Hall and Driscoll Hall regardless of weather.

Saturday's College Convocations do not require tickets.  

Additional Tickets

Due to limited capacity, requests for extra seating tickets will not be granted at this time. Should extra tickets become available, they will be distributed first come, first served during Senior Week Details about this distribution will be communicated in early May.


The Class of 2021 Undergraduate University Ceremony for all colleges and degrees will take place on Friday, May 14 at 4:30 p.m. 

The University President, Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA will host a reception for all graduates and their guests on Friday evening following the Undergraduate University Commencement Ceremony.  

On Saturday, May 15, College Convocations will take place at 9 a.m at the following locations:
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Finneran Pavilion
College of Engineering | Campus Green
College of Nursing | Driscoll Hall Lawn
Villanova School of Business | Mendel Field
College of Professional Studies | Villanova Room, Connelly Center

The Commencement Weekend Concludes by the Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday, May 15 at 4:30 p.m. on the Campus Green.  
To see the full schedule, please visit our Schedule of Events.

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.  

Proudly display your diploma (diplomas measure 16" X 12") in a diploma frame which you can purchase from the University Shop - Online!

Optional Items

Graduation announcements are now available for purchase for Villanova graduates via the Bartley Print Center. Announcements, which can include personalized pictures and text, will take around one week to ship home. For ordering information and further details, please contact Bonnie Lyons at the Bartley Print Center on Villanova’s campus to order your announcements today. Contact information: Bonnie Lyons 610-519-5915 or email questions to

You can make your Senior Class Gift using whichever of the below methods is easiest for you!

  • Online, any day and any time
  • In person during one of our SAA or SCG events
  • By phone at 1-800-486-5244 (M-F, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST)

Click here for more information.

The Undergraduate University Commencement Ceremony will be streamed live on Friday, May 14 at 4:30 p.m. and the Baccalaureate Mass will be streamed live on Saturday, May 15 at 4:30 p.m. The Undergraduate College Convocations on Saturday, May 15 will be video taped and available on our YouTube Channel within the week of the ceremony.  


View the Family & Friends checklist for area hotels and restaurants, in addition you will find information about ordering flowers and announcements. 

After Commencement

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

The University Commencement Ceremony will be streamed live on Friday, May 14 and the Baccalaureate Mass will be streamed live on Saturday, May 15. The College Convocations on Saturday, May 15 will be video taped and available on our YouTube Channel within the week of the ceremony.