Weather Contingency Plans

Congratulations to all of our students who graduated yesterday!

Due to poor conditions this morning, indoor recognition receptions will be held in place of outdoor College Convocations for our graduate programs as well. The colleges will welcome all graduates and guests to celebrate with faculty and deans. These receptions will allow graduates to be congratulated personally for their accomplishments. There will be plenty of photo opportunities and refreshments. The new locations and times are as follows:


  • 2 p.m.— 3:30 p.m. | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Graduate), Connelly Center
  • 2 p.m.— 3:30 p.m.  |  Villanova School of Business (Graduate), Bartley Hall


The Baccalaureate Mass will be held in Jake Nevin Field House at 4 p.m. Seating will be first come, first served for all graduates and guests. Once capacity is reached in Jake Nevin, simulcast viewing will be available in Driscoll Hall along with distribution of the Eucharist. For specific information regarding schedule and locations for these receptions, please visit the severe weather plans page. Thank you.


Office of the President


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) 519-8882.

University Commencement Ceremony Severe Weather Contingency Plans

Should severe weather conditions (thunder, lightning and heavy rain) force a change of schedule for the University Commencement Ceremony, the event will be rescheduled to 10:00am on Saturday, May 20.  We ask for your patience and understanding should the University Commencement Ceremony need to change.


Commencement Ceremony Simulcast and Webcast Information

There are several locations that are first-come, first-served seating opportunities to watch the University Ceremony via live simulcast in air-conditioned buildings:

  • Bartley Hall: Room numbers 1001, 1010, 2001, 2010, 3001, 3010
  • Driscoll Hall: Room numbers 132, 134, 221, 223, 225, 227, 240, 240, 246, 248

University Commencement Ceremony Live Video Streaming

The University Commencement Ceremony at 4 pm on Friday will be streamed live.

Recognition Ceremonies Severe Weather Contingency 

 Weather Contingency Plans

College Recognition Ceremonies 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 (thunder, lightning and heavy rain) to hold an outdoor ceremony, the Recognition Ceremonies will be canceled and graduates should report to the indoor diploma pick up locations to receive their diploma.  All ceremonies are recorded and are available to view after the weekend on the Villanova YouTube Channel

University Commencement Ceremony Video

Visit this link to view an archived webcast of the 2017 University Commencement Ceremony. Having trouble playing the video stream? Please confirm that your computer/mobile device meets the viewing requirements.


In addition, the video of the University Commencement Ceremony and each College Convocation will be available for viewing on the University's YouTube channel and available for download via ITunesU.


Future Commencement Weekend Dates

Year 2019: May 17-18
Year 2020: May 15-16
Year 2021: May 14-15