Friday, May 17, 2013
9:00 a.m., St. Thomas of Villanova Church, Main Campus
The celebration of Mass. All faiths are welcome.
11:00 a.m., The Pavilion, Villanova University
Doors Open at 10:00 am for guest seating
Line-up for graduates begins at 10:40 a.m.
The ceremony usually concludes approximately 12:30 pm.
Detailed instructions for law graduates, including cap and gown, diploma, and student assembly information, are available here.
Stage Party Instructions
Detailed instructions for faculty and members of the stage party are available here.
A light reception will be held at the law school following the ceremony. The reception takes place from approximately 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. All graduates, families and friends are welcome to attend.
To view/download the campus map - Click here.
Tickets are not necessary for the Law School's Commencement Ceremony. Each graduate may invite an unlimited number of guests. Seating includes bleachers, sidechairs, and the balcony of the Pavilion. Limited floor seating for guests with special needs is available.
Parking for the Mass and Ceremony is available in the Main Lot located along Lancaster Avenue or at the Law School. Commencement events are all located within a short walk across campus. Parking for the reception is available at the Law School. University Public Safety will be available to help direct guests to designated parking areas for the day.
Guests with disabilities or special needs may be permitted to drop-off guests close to the Pavilion door, following the instructions of Villanova's public safety offciers that day. There will be shuttle bus service to/from the law school parking lot to the Pavilion main entrance running limited service for guests convenience from approximately 9:00 am until the conclusion of the ceremony.
Cap and Gowns/Diplomas
The Career Strategy Office (CSO) will distribute gowns in Room 221 of the Law School on the following days:
April 19, 22, 23; 10 am-noon and 2pm-4pm
April 24 - May 10; 2pm-4pm
May 13 -15; 10 am-noon and 2pm-4pm
Thursday May 16; 10 am- noon
Any changes to the schedule and requirements to pick-up cap and gowns will be communicated by the CSO. Following the Commencement ceremony on May 17th, all caps and gowns are to be returned to the Distribution and Copy Center of the law school and graduates may then pick-up your official diploma.
Villanova University offer all graduating law students the opportunity to purchase graduation announcements. For additional information about products and how to order - Click here.
The VLS Communications office is again offering a service that can send news of your graduation to your hometown newspapers. Since individuals have varying preferences for privacy, this as an opt-in service for all graduates. If you would like to participate in the program, graduates should please forward the following information to Kate Johnston ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) no later than Monday, May 13.
- Full Name as you prefer to have it listed
- Hometown (City, State)
- Zip Code of Hometown
Hotel and Restaurant Accommodations
We encourage you and your guests to make your hotel reservations and restaurant reservations as early as possible. Villanova University's Commencement activites take place on the same weekend.
For specific questions, please contact one of the following people:
Director of Events
Nancy A. Whalen
Director of Student Affairs
To view and download photos from the 2012 ceremony - Click here.