2016 Commencement Ceremony

Graduation Day will be Thursday, May 19, at 10:30 a.m. at The Pavilion on the campus of Villanova University. Check back here for more details as graduation day approaches. If you want to receive an email when this page is updated, sign up using the button below.

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Announcements and Tickets

Each graduate will receive four tickets and four announcements along with their cap and gown. Extra tickets are not available. The tickets are for your invited guests and must be presented at the door for admission to the ceremony at Villanova. All guests need a ticket, including children and infants. The Announcements are not tickets and cannot be used for admission. Graduates themselves do not need a ticket.

Assembly Time

Graduates should assemble at 9 a.m. sharp in the Pavilion. There will be signs and event staff to direct you where to go.

As you enter the gymnasium, you will pick up a name card. This card is what will be handed to the reader on stage and is the only way the reader will know who each graduate is. Graduates who do not participate in the ceremony will not have their names called. The name on your card will be exactly as you registered. You must remember to pick up your name card at the entrance to the gymnasium.

Signs will be posted indicating the location, by degree, of where to line up. Staff members will assist you and provide further instructions. It is strongly recommended to leave any personal belongings with friends or relatives. Delaware County Community College will not be held responsible for any lost or stolen items although we will make every effort to protect them. Please silence or turn off all electronic devices.

Graduates who arrive late will not be seated in their area of discipline and their names will be called after the awarding of Certificates of Proficiency.

Caps & Gowns

If you ordered your cap and gown online (from Herff-Jones), it will be available at the campus you selected beginning May 2. Students at the Marple Campus may pick them up in the Bookstore (Room 2545, Founders Hall). Students at branch locations should contact the following people to pick up their cap and gown:

  • Downingtown Campus – Janet Keith
  • Exton Center – Lewis Johnson
  • Pennocks Bridge Campus - Douglas Wolcik Kuhn
  • Southeast Center -  Bill Eichinger
  • Upper Darby Center – Bill Eichinger
  • Phoenixville Campus – Pick Up at Exton Center

If you did NOT order through the website, you may pick up a cap and gown at the Marple Campus Bookstore beginning May 4.

Ceremony Details

Click here for detailed information about the ceremony. 


Diploma Pick-Up
The binder you receive on stage will not contain your diploma. The diplomas will be available at the Enrollment Services window at Marple Campus beginning June 20, 2016, during normal working hours (9 a.m. until 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday). Diplomas must be picked up in person and appropriate identification is required.

Diploma Frames
Frames to fit your diploma may be purchased in the Bookstore. Please click here to order your diploma Frame. 


Driving Directions
The general parking lot closest to the Pavilion at Villanova is located at Lancaster Ave (Route 30) and S. Ithan Ave. See map >>

Directions to the Pavilion
Cross Lancaster Avenue (Route 30) at the traffic light after parking vehicle. Graduates and families of the graduates will continue straight approximately a half block further along North Ithan Avenue on the right side to enter the Pavilion.

Disability Services

Students or guests with disabilities needing accommodations should contact Ann Binder at 610-325-2748 or


Just a reminder that all graduates and attendees are asked to please respect each other and Villanova University, which has so graciously agreed to host Delaware County Community College’s 2016 Commencement.

The commencement ceremony is a most dignified event. Decorum and courtesy are very important for graduates and their guests. No air horns, balloons, bubbles, beach balls or similar items are allowed. Please refrain from shouting, loud talking and rude behavior. Both graduates and attendees should remain seated during the reading of the graduates' names. Photography is permitted from your seats only, but please be mindful of not blocking the view of others who are nearby.

After the ceremony, graduates will have the opportunity to purchase photos taken by a professional photographer contracted by the College. 


Graduates are limited to four guests. The commencement tickets that you received with your announcements will be required for admission into The Pavilion. Having a ticket will be strictly enforced. No re-entry will be allowed. All guests attending, including infants, need a ticket to enter. Graduates themselves do not need a ticket. Please arrive on time. Guests arriving late will not be allowed to enter the seating area once the ceremony starts.

Information Sessions

Attendance is not mandatory but these sessions will give graduates an idea of what to expect the night of graduation.  Information sessions are held at the following campuses:

Marple Campus, Room 2225 (Large Auditorium)
Tuesday, May 10, 11:10 a.m.-Noon
Wednesday, May 11, 7-8 p.m.

Southeast Center, See Front Desk
Wednesday, May 4, 7-8 p.m.
Tuesday, May 10, 11:10 a.m.-Noon

Exton Center, Room 214
Tuesday, May 10, 3-4 p.m.

Downingtown Campus, Room 238
Wednesday, May 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 5, 11:10 a.m.-Noon


General parking is located on S. Ithan Avenue. Graduates, plan to arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. to ensure ample time to park and get to the Pavilion on time.

Click HERE for a map.

Handicapped Parking
Students or guests requiring a handicapped parking lot pass must contact the Office of Disability Services at 610-359-5229 or Only vehicles with Physically Disabled license plates will be allowed to park in the handicap parking lot. There is a drop-off area located at the Pavilion entrance. For other auxiliary aids and/or disability services, please contact the above-mentioned office.

Phi Theta Kappa

The official Phi Theta Kappa commencement attire is the gold honors stole. PTK students may purchase the stoles in the Bookstore (Room 2545, Founders Hall). They are $24. Please be aware that the stole must be purchased prior to the night of graduation, they will not be available at the ceremony site.

*Please note: All students who applied to graduate and who have picked up a cap and gown may take part in the Commencement ceremony, even if they do not receive a degree. In other words, students who planned to graduate but failed to qualify for a degree because of failing a course, failing to obtain a satisfactory grade point average, etc. in the present semester, may still participate in the ceremony to the same extent as those who will receive degrees. This should preclude any embarrassment that might ensue from a last-minute change of plans.

Photography Cards 

Photography cards will be available in the bookstore when you pick up your cap and gown. All cards must be filled out at this time. The College photographer, Grad Images, requests that all graduates complete a card regardless of whether or not they wish to purchase photographs. If you would like to pre-register, please click on the link below:

Grad Images Link >>

Public Transportation

Villanova University is served by the SEPTA Paoli/Thornton Regional Rail Line, the Norristown High-Speed Lineand SEPTA Bus Route 105. For information on bus and rail schedules and service, call SEPTA at 610-734-1300 or visit


After the ceremony, graduates and guests are invited to attend a meet-and-greet with faculty behind the large bleachers in the Pavilion.