Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2023

The University is excited to announce the Commencement ceremonies for the class of 2023 will be held at James Work Memorial Stadium on Saturday, May 13, 2023. Additional information can be found below.

Saturday, May 13, 2023

Location: Robert A. Lipinski Field at James Work Memorial Stadium

2022 Graduate Information

A: Regalia orders will be available for pickup at the bookstore starting April, Monday to Thursday 9 am to 4 pm, Friday 9 am to 3 pm., store closed on the weekend. If you have any questions regarding regalia, please email the

A: Academic Latin Honor Cords will be distributed at Commencement Rehearsal. 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 in early 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 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: Yes, rehearsal will be held on Friday, May 13. The graduates will receive 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.

2022 Commencement Event Information

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

A: A livestream link will be available of the ceremony. The livestream will be on the main Commencement webpage. 

Seating for graduates, guests and university attendees will be on the athletic field inside the stadium. 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 Life Sciences Building Auditorium, will serve as a satellite viewing location for guests who do not wish to sit on the field.

A: The anticipated length of the ceremony is approximately 90 minutes, depending on the number of graduates participating.  

A: There are two rain delay times: Saturday, May 13 beginning at 2 p.m., and Sunday, May 14 beginning at 9:30 a.m. We suggest dressing in layers and bringing appropriate outdoor accessories, such as sunscreen, and umbrellas. Bottled water will be available at the ceremony for graduates and guests.

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. Please note, it can take up to three weeks for the pictures to be processed.

A. No tickets are required for Commencement.


A: There is no limitation for the number of guests.

A. We ask that you do not arrive on campus before 7:30 a.m. Gate to the stadium will open at 8 a.m.

Kristen Olszewski, Commencement Coordinator