Villanova HRD 2020 Graduate Celebration

Graduate Celebration

2020 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development at Villanova University.  This year, we will be holding several celebration events to recognize our 40th anniversary, our new 2020 graduates, and all our amazing alumni.  A virtual celebration will take place in lieu of our regular commencement reception on Friday, May 15th.  An in-person several event celebration weekend is planned for September 17-19, 2020!  We hope our graduates will be able to join us for all or some of these events.

  • Friday, May 15, 2020 | Virtual HRD Reception Celebration

We are scheduling a zoom call that will follow the University Virtual Commencement address scheduled for Friday, May 15th at 4:30pm EST. Our call will take place at 7pm EST and be just the Villanova HRD grads, faculty and staff. We welcome your families to tune in as well. You will hear from our Director, Dr. Gerry Brandon, a few of our Villanova HRD Faculty, and have a chance to share a memory or favorite learning from the program if you are so moved. We would love to see our graduates in their caps & gowns and be sure to pour yourself a glass of something to toast to you at the end!  Use this link to join the HRD virtual reception on May 15th at 7pm EST! (cameras on, microphones muted)

  • Thursday, September 17, 2020 | #VUHRDANR

The celebration will begin with our Annual Networking Reception.  This event will be bring together our new graduates, alumni, and HR community for a night of networking and learning.  The evening will feature a cocktail hour in the Mansion Bar, followed by dinner & dessert in the Ballroom with Keynote Speaker, Steven Rogelberg. 


This event will be free to attend for our 2020 graduates.  Graduate family and friends are encouraged to attend as well.  Family/Friend tickets may be purchased at the early-bird ticket price.  (This event is not appropriate for children, but on-site childcare may be arranged for the evening.)

  • Friday, September 18, 2020 | Graduate Celebration

On Friday we will gather with our 2020 HRD graduates and their family members and friends to celebrate their achievement.  This day will include a campus tour, meet and greet with HRD Faculty members and staff, as well as a graduate recognition celebration.  Lunch will be provided.


Events on this day will be free for our 2020 graduates and their family/friends.  Graduates are encouraged to bring/wear their cap and gown for the recognition celebration.  

  • Saturday, September 19, 2020 | Villanova Day of Service

On Saturday, Villanova HRD students, new graduates, alumni, family, friends and community, will form a team to participate in the annual St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service. We believe giving back to the community that has helped our students and graduates achieve so much is a fitting way to close out this celebration weekend.


Each year, the St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service brings together nearly 5,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni and their families working in partnership with neighborhood agencies to perform service throughout Greater Philadelphia. This annual event builds upon the great service performed throughout the year by the Villanova community and exists as a unique way to put its Augustinian ideals into action. 

Family and friends of graduates are encouraged to participate.  Lunch will be provided.  This events goes from 8:30am to 3:30pm.  Participants will start and finish at Villanova University Finneran Pavilion.

Registration and Travel

Graduates and their family/friends are encouraged to participate in all the activities for the weekend.  However, each event will have separate registration in case you are unable to attend one or more of the activities.

Registration details will be available later this summer.  We are closely monitoring the current recommendations from both the University and CDC on group gatherings.  All event details will be updated and registrants notified if plans change based on health guidelines and recommendations.

If you are traveling from out of the area and need to make hotel accommodations, a list of hotels around the Villanova area can be found here.  The Villanova HRD Annual Networking Reception on Thursday evening will be held at The Inn at Villanova, which is the closest area hotel to campus.