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Commencement Resources

It’s Commencement week, Graduates! Here are a few things you may need to know:

  • The Graduation Fair runs today through Thursday in the Jake Nevin Fieldhouse. This is where you will pick up your cap and gown and your Commencement tickets. More information here. diploma
  • Find a full list of MPA-program specific events here.
  • Online students coming to campus for the first time? Check out our Main Line Guide for resources and ideas!

Start Planning for May 2015 Commencement!

GradCapMay 2015 Commencement Activities for Villanova University’s MPA Program

Believe it or not, Commencement is right around the corner! If you are planning to attend the May 2015 Commencement, here’s a preliminary schedule of events.  Please keep in mind that there may be changes to the schedule; however, you can use this to begin your planning.  We can’t wait to see you!!!

Thursday May 14, 2015

Pi Alpha Alpha Induction Ceremony
5-7pm – Dougherty Hall- West Lounge, Villanova University
*This ceremony is open to all current and new members of Pi Alpha Alpha

Friday May 15, 2015

University Commencement Ceremony (Graduate and Undergraduate)
4pm – Villanova University Stadium

Saturday May 16, 2015

MPA Graduation Brunch- Guests are welcome to attend
11am-1pm – Dougherty Hall- West Lounge, Villanova University

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Graduate Studies Recognition Ceremony
*This ceremony is exclusive to Graduate students. If choosing between one of the two events (Friday vs. Saturday) you should plan on attending this ceremony
2pm – Mendel Field- Villanova University

Helpful Links:diploma

University Commencement Website
Office of Graduate Studies- Information for Graduation
Guide to the Main Line

Video: Dr. Christine Palus – College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Recognition Ceremony

As you may know, our very own Dr. Christine Palus was the faculty speaker this year at Villanova’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Recognition Ceremony. Dr. Palus says this was one of the “greatest honors” of her life. “I was truly thrilled to get to speak to such a wonderful group of graduates, families, friends, and colleagues,” she says. “Being that it was the first graduation for students from the online MPA program, it was even more special.”

Dr. Palus chose a topic she believed would appeal to people on both a personal and intellectual level – The Centrality of Place. Where we live, work, and play shapes us into who we are. She says that while the idea of place is easily overlooked, it is “of critical importance to our quality of lives and the nature of democratic governance.”

The Leaders’ Lounge is pleased to bring you her speech, for all who were not at the event, or would like to hear her words once more:


The Leaders’ Lounge asked Dr. Palus what she hoped that listeners would take away from her speech: “Participation and engagement matter deeply to the quality of our neighborhoods, the health of our communities, and the overall functioning of democracy in America’s cities and towns. Each one of us has a fundamental role to play in ensuring that the “places” we call home are the best that they can be for all people.”