Villanova HRD 2021 Graduate Celebration

Congratulations to the Villanova HRD Class of 2021!  We are excited to celebrate your accomplishment with you.  This year, we will be holding a variety of graduation events to recognize our 2021 graduates.  These events will be a mix of in-person and virtual, as we hope to accommodate as many graduates as we can.  We hope our graduates will be able to join us for all or some of these events.  Additionally, we would love to see your posts and graduation celebrations on social media.  Below you will find opportunities to share your #VillanovaHRD pride and celebrate becoming an alum!  We are excited to promote your accomplishment!

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HRD Graduation Events 

  • Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 6-7:30pm EST | Virtual HRD Graduate Recognition (virtual event)

We welcome our 2021 graduates, their families, loved ones, HRD faculty, and staff to join us in celebrating our graduates this year. In this virtual Graduate Recognition we would ask our grads to join us in their academic regalia as we hear inspirational words from HRD faculty and a few students. Bring your own bubbly, or whatever you would toast with, for our celebratory toast to our graduates! We hope to see all of our 2021 HRD graduates at this event (cameras on, microphones muted)! Registration is open to both campus and online 2021 HRD graduates and all guests are welcome.  Registration is required to attend.  Register here.

  • Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 2pm | Masters and Doctoral Commencement Ceremony (in-person event)

The Class of 2021 will gather in their caps and gowns in the Villanova Stadium for their Commencement and Recognition. University President, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, and the deans from each of the Colleges and Schools will confer degrees. At this ceremony, the names of all graduates—attending in person or virtually—will be called, and in person graduates will walk across the stage when their name is called. The ceremony will be approximately two and a half hours.  The commencement ceremony will be live streamed.  Details for attending this event can be found on the Villanova Commencement website.

  • Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 4pm | President's Reception (in-person event)

Immediately following the Masters and Doctoral Commencement Ceremony, all HRD graduates and their guests are invited to join the President's Reception, a celebratory event with food and drink.  During this reception, there will be a special area for HRD Graduates and their guests to meet with HRD Faculty and Staff, as well as your fellow graduates.  Graduates need to have registered to attend commencement to attend this reception.  Again, details for this event can be found on the Villanova Commencement website. This event will close out the Commencement celebrations on campus.

Travel and Safety

All graduates are encouraged to read the Commencement website. for details on schedule, travel, parking, and guest restrictions for in-person events on graduation weekend. 

If you are traveling from out of the area hotel accommodations and local information can be found here.  

We are thrilled to celebrate with our graduates in-person this year, but the health and safety of all our attendees is our top priority.  Please remember that all CDC and Villanova safety guidelines for social distancing and masks are still required for in-person events.  

Show your #VillanovaHRD Pride!

Here are a few ways to show your #VillanovaHRD Pride around graduation!

  • Tag us on Social!

One of our favorite things to do each year is celebrate our graduates.  We know that not all of you will be able to attend the in-person events, and we want to see how you are celebrating at home with your family and loved ones.  If you share a picture on social media (Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter), please tag us @VillanovaHRD and include the hashtag #VillanovaHRD.  With your permission, we may share some of your pictures to our accounts.

  • Purchase Villanova HRD Merchandise

Our student SHRM chapter, VUSHRM, runs a shop where you can purchase Villanova HRD merchandise including t-shirts, hats, and stickers.  All purchases from the VUSHRM shop help to support this student-run organization funded entirely through a small Villanova student organization budget, donations, and fundraising.  Limited quantities and sizes are available.  Shipping is included in all prices.  (Please not that shipping is sent USPS first-class and may take 7-10 business days to ship.) Check out all the merchandise available at the VUSHRM Shop.

A Villanova HRD Hat, Shirt, or Laptop Sticker makes for a great gift for a graduate.  (Hint hint to all the loved ones reading this page!)

The VUSHRM Shop will close for the summer on Monday, May 17th.  It will reopen in the Fall on September 1st.

  • PRE-ORDER: Villanova HRD Alumni Sweatshirt

We will be making a limited order of the Villanova HRD Alumni Sweatshirt (pictured below) later this summer.  Preorders are available now.  These sweatshirts can be ordered by any 2021 Villanova Graduate or Villanova Alumni from any previous year.  The price is $35 and includes shipping within the United States. These are not available through the VUSHRM shop throughout the year but like all HRD merchandise, proceeds do benefit the VUSHRM chapter. We will accept orders through July 31, 2021.  Please note that orders will not ship until September 2021.  Order yours here.