2020 will be Villa Maria's 56th Commencement Ceremony.


Congratulations, Graduates!

Graduation is a very special time; a time to acknowledge you for all your hard work and honors you for all you have achieved.  As a graduate of Villa Maria College, you are expected to attend all Commencement Exercises. If you are unable to attend, please contact Brian Emerson at 716-961-1838 as soon as possible.

Important Dates for Commencement 2020

Graduate Gathering | Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 4:00 PM – Dining Hall

Brunch Ticket Pick Up | TBD Joanne Nowak, Felician Hall

Graduate Happy Hour | TBD – Time & location TBD

Rehearsal | Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 2:30 PM – Dining Hall / Auditorium

Graduate Reception | Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 3:30 PM – Dining Hall (Immediately following rehearsal)

Hooding Ceremony and Baccalaureate Liturgy | Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 10:00 AM – Villa Maria Convent Chapel (graduates gather by 9:30 AM)

Brunch | Sunday, May 17, 2020, immediately following the Liturgy – Dining Hall

Exercises | Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 1:00 PM – Auditorium

Reception | Immediately following ceremony – Front Lawn

*Times and locations subject to change.

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Hooding Ceremony and Liturgy

You are expected to attend the Hooding Ceremony and Liturgy on Sunday, May 17, 2020, not only as an active participant, but also in support of your fellow classmates.

Gather in the entrance to the Convent Chapel, 600 Doat Street, by 9:30 a.m. Wear your academic gown (no cap) and bring your hood.

Academic Attire

Associate Degree (2019 Pricing; Subject to Change)
Complete package (cap, gown, tassel, hood): $60.50
Gown, cap, tassel package: $34.75
Hood only: $25.75
Cap only: $9.17
Tassel only: $5.25

Bachelor’s Degree (2019 Pricing; Subject to Change)
Complete package (cap, gown, tassel, hood): $61.83
Gown, cap, tassel package: $34.75
Hood only: $27.08
Cap only: $9.17
Tassel only: $5.25

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.

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.

Graduate Gathering

Get all the information about graduation in one place! Pick up your brunch tickets and talk with Service Directors to make sure you are as prepared for graduation as you can be! Get information on class rings and graduation photos.

As an added incentive to join us for this fun-filled gathering, special discount coupons to be used towards your cap, gown and hood purchase in the bookstore will be given to only those grads who attend the event. Enjoy food, libations and entertainment — all free!  (Exclusively for graduates.)

Commencement Rehearsal and Graduate Reception

Commencement Rehearsal will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2020, in the Dining Hall at 2:30 p.m. sharp. Please arrive on time. The seating chart and final instructions will be distributed at this rehearsal.  Dress is casual — please do not bring your cap, gown, or hood.

A graduate reception immediately follows the rehearsal.  This is an opportunity to get together with your fellow graduates one last time before the big day.  Faculty and staff who have worked with you during your tenure at Villa will also attend to share in your success. This is your moment, come and celebrate!  Refreshments will be served.

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 Joanne Nowak at 716-961-1877 or [email protected]

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