The College's 56th Commencement Ceremony Will Take Place In-Person on Saturday, May 22, 2021


Congratulations, Graduates!

Graduates from the Classes of 2021 and 2020 are invited to attend Villa Maria College’s in-person Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 22, 202 at 10 AM. Exercises will take place outside, in front of the Main Building, rain or shine. Due to state and county COVID-19 restrictions, only student participants will be able to attend the ceremony. If New York State changes its social gathering policies and guests are able to attend you will be notified via email as soon as possible.

Graduates should arrive on campus promptly at 9 AM for line-up and further instruction on the day’s events. At this time, there is no Commencement ceremony rehearsal scheduled. All information about where to be and when will be conveyed to you via e-mail and on the day of the Ceremony. 

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All graduates who plan on attending the in-person ceremony on May 22 must RSVP to the College by Wednesday, May 18, 2021. You can RSVP by completing the form below.

Live Stream

To create a shared experience for your at-home guests and loved ones, we will be professionally live streaming the entire event and will provide graduates with information to send to those who would like to see you graduate. Details about the live stream and how to view it will be sent as soon as the information is available. 


Entryways to campus will be limited on Commencement Day, so please enter the college from the two parking lot entrances on Pennock Place.  

Tuition and Fees

All tuition and fees must be cleared before participation in the May Commencement activities. Graduates will not receive brunch tickets if financial obligations are not settled. 

For More Information Contact:

DJ Schier at 716-961-1878 or [email protected] or
Lisa Kraska at 716-961-1899 or [email protected]

Academic Attire

  • Gown Only – $27.92
  • Cap Only – $9.75
  • Tassel Only – $5.50
  • Bachelor Hood Only – $28.17
  • Associate Hood Only – $26.83
  • Associate Package (consists of: Cap, Gown, Tassel – either 2020 or 2021 & Hood) – $62.74
  • Bachelor Package (consists of: Cap, Gown, Tassel – either 2020 or 2021 & Hood specific to your degree) – $64.08

*Prices listed are pre-tax.

Women & men: black gown, black cap, academic hood, dark shoes
Delta Epsilon & Phi Theta Kappa members: follow above, plus honors stole if applicable.
Military: follow military protocol

Graduation cap must be worn according to regulation: level with ceiling when on your head, tassel on the right-hand side; hoods should be worn to the ceremony.

Please do not bring purses or any other item that you need to carry. Leave all items with family members or lock them in your car trunk.

RSVP for Commencement

Please complete the form below to let the College know that you plan to attend the in-person Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 22. At this time, the ceremony is limited to students only.

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