Commencement Ceremonies for the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021

The University was thrilled to host Commencement ceremonies for the classes of 2020 and 2021. The ceremonies were held at James Work Memorial Stadium. On Saturday, May 15, the University celebrated the undergraduate Class of 2021 and graduate students from both 2020 and 2021. On Sunday, May 16, the University celebrated the undergraduate Class of 2020. Members of the Class of 2020 had their Commencement postponed due to COVID-19. The ceremony took on the feeling of a reunion with members of the class catching up with their faculty and classmates.

Author and activist Seamus McGraw, who served as the commencement speaker,  told the graduates, “I trust you.” Then, McGraw told the graduating classes that he believed in their ability to use their experiences at DelVal to improve the world. He told the graduating classes that nothing has made him more confident in the future than the time he has spent with students. McGraw, an award-winning author, and journalist, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Commencement for his work as a storyteller and his involvement at DelVal.

Video recordings of each Commencement ceremony are below. 

Saturday, May 15

10:00 a.m.

  • School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences – Class of 2021

YouTube Live Stream

12:00 p.m.

  • School of Business and Humanities – Class of 2021

YouTube Live Stream

2:00 p.m.

  • School of Life and Physical Sciences – Class of 2021

YouTube Live Stream

4:00 p.m.

  • School of Graduate and Professional Studies – Class of 2021 AND Class of 2020

YouTube Live Stream

Sunday, May 16

10:00 a.m.

  • School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences – Class of 2020
  • School of Business and Humanities – Class of 2020
  • School of Life and Physical Sciences – Class of 2020

YouTube Live Stream

Graduate Information

A: Class of 2020: You are expected to bring the regalia that was mailed to you in summer 2020. The University will not provide replacement regalia on the day of the ceremony. 

Class of 2021: Regalia orders will be available for pickup at the bookstore during business hours from April 26 through May 7. If you have questions about regalia please email

A: Class of 2020: You are expected to bring the academic honor cords that were mailed to you in summer 2020.

Class of 2021: Academic Latin Honor Cords will be distributed with regalia. If you are part of a student club or organization that has approved cords or stoles, please contact the president of the club or organization to learn how to receive those items.

A: Graduates do not receive their diploma at graduation. Instead, a ceremonial diploma cover is given to each graduate as they cross the stage. Diplomas are mailed to students in the first two weeks of July.

A: At Commencement, graduates wear academic regalia. This includes a cap, tassel, robe and hood. Graduates should be mindful of weather conditions of the outdoor ceremony and should dress accordingly.

The hood should be worn velvet side out with the velvet binding flipped to show the colors; secure the hood so that it does not fall off your shoulders. The mortarboard should be worn flat (parallel to the ground), secured with bobby pins, if necessary.

Please be advised that high heels (stiletto/spike) are not allowed on the field. You will be walking and standing as well as climbing stairs, so it is recommended that you wear a comfortable shoe (flats, boots, sneaker, or a low wedge heel).

A: Please refer to the Final Steps to Commencement SWAY for important senior related information.

A: Please contact Laura Rambo. Call 215.489.2401 to confirm pronunciation. You can leave a message where you speak slowly saying your first name and last name. Please also leave your best contact number should we need to call you back.  

A: No. The University will email graduates an overview that includes information about seating, processing across the stage, and how to put on your cap and gown. That information will be posted here as well. The information will be communicated on Wednesday, May 12. 

For more information please review this document:

Preparing for Commencement

Event Information

A: The information below was sent to the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 on Monday, April 19. The deadline to indicate attendance is Friday, May 7 at 4:30 p.m.

  • Please use this link to confirm your plans to attend Commencement and provide a mailing address for commencement tickets: Commencement Attendance Plans and Address for Mailing Tickets Form
    • If you are a student receiving two degrees, for example two undergraduate degrees or an undergraduate and graduate degree, please indicate if you plan to attend neither ceremony, one ceremony, or both ceremonies.
    • If you do not plan to attend Commencement Ceremonies, please indicate that on the linked form.
  • You will be asked to provide an address. This will be the address the two tickets are mailed to.
    • Class of 2020 – all tickets will be mailed
    • Class of 2021 – tickets can be picked between April 26 and May 7.
      • A pickup location will be shared with those who indicate they plan to attend Commencement.
      • Tickets not picked up by May 7 will be mailed on May 10.
    • You can list two addresses if you would like one ticket mailed to one address and one ticket mailed to a second address.

Each graduate will be provided two tickets. 

Persons who arrive on campus and do not have tickets for Commencement will be asked to leave campus. 

A: Parking will be in A Lot. Please enter campus using the main entrance on East Butler Avenue. Public Safety personnel will provide parking guidance once you arrive on campus. Handicapped parking is available in A Lot.

A: A livestream will be available for each ceremony. The livestream will be on the main Commencement webpage. 

A: Seating for graduates, guests and university attendees will be on the athletic field inside the stadium. Seating will be spaced in alignment with public health guidance for distancing. University staff will be monitoring to ensure that chairs are not moved, and that guests stay appropriately masked. Accommodations for those who utilize a wheelchair or other mobility assistive devices are in place.

Only service dogs as recognized under the ADA are allowed. No pets are allowed. 

Please be advised that spiked heels are not allowed on the field. It is recommended that guests wear flats or a low wedge heel.

The Moumgis Auditorium, Student Center will serve as a satellite viewing location for ticketed guests who do not wish to sit on the field.

A: The Anticipated length of the ceremony is approximately 1 hour, depending on number of graduates participating. At the conclusion of the ceremony guests and graduates will exit the stadium and depart campus. Consider making a plan for meeting up with your guests outside of the stadium or at a location off-campus. 

A: Commencement is a rain or shine event. Guests are encouraged to check the weather on the days leading up to Commencement and to prepare for heat or rain. We suggest dressing in layers and bringing appropriate outdoor accessories, such as sunscreen, blankets or stadium seats and umbrellas. Bottled water will be available at each ceremony for graduates and guests.

Severe weather is defined as conditions that make holding an outdoor ceremony dangerous or impossible. Should there be severe weather on the weekend of the ceremonies adjustments to the ceremonies may occur. The University will make announcements about severe weather-related changes to the Commencement ceremony via this webpage, email and social media.

A: Finding photos after the ceremony is easy. Visit, enter Delaware Valley University and class year to view and purchase custom photo products like prints, plaques, specialty gifts, and more. GradImages® is proud to support one of the biggest moments in a graduate’s life: walking across the stage and into the next chapter.

Kristen Olszewski, Commencement Coordinator