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An Open Letter to the Class of 2020


Dear students of Villanova University’s Class of 2020,

Our University community often talks about the idea of “the Villanova Experience.” And as I reflect on your time at Villanova over the past four years, I am awed by the threads that have become the fabric of your class’s shared memories.

When the men’s basketball team won the national title in 2016, you were still in high school and likely watched it from afar. Maybe you even texted your friends and told them, “Did you see that shot? That’s where I’m going to school! Villanova!!”

2018, though? That was your team. You had been on campus for two years, mastered both college classes and college adulting, and when the team won the championship, it felt like you did, too. Everyone rushed outside to celebrate, and you were right there. Together as a community. It was an unforgettable night that lasted until early in the morning. You shouted until your voice was hoarse and hugged your friends and classmates until you literally began hugging everyone you could find, even people you only remember from orientation. Thank god, Father Peter didn’t make you go to class that day or the day of the parade.

This spring was supposed to be your time. A celebration of all the late nights and tough finals you bested on your way to earning a bachelor’s degree. At commencement, all your friends, family, and classmates would be together to cheer your accomplishments as a Villanova student.

You know, the typical graduation—”Pomp and circumstance” and shifting your tassel. A sip of champagne and more than a few tears. And you’d be doing that hugging everybody thing again. It would mark the end of one adventure and the start of your next one. First, you’d say goodbye to your favorite study spot in Falvey. You’d promise to stay in touch with the many close friends you met in the clubs, sports, and residence halls. Then you’d be on your way.

Instead, your time turned out quite differently than you expected.

It was spent mostly away from your familiar Villanova home, learning how to Zoom, catching up with friends on Instagram, and hanging out for an unprecedented amount of time with your family. You found the best Zoom background ever. You picked up that one hobby you’d always meant to try. (And probably gave it up just as fast.) You also learned that your one professor has a super affectionate cat and terrible taste in wall art.

Since we never had the farewell any of us imagined, I truly hope that as new alumnae/i you’ll return to Villanova often. Drop in on your favorite professors. Have a coffee in Holy Grounds. Say that belated goodbye to your favorite study spot in Falvey.

But no matter where your next adventure takes you—whether you end up working in an ICU in California, an engineering firm in London, or starting your own business in New York City—know you’ll always be a Villanovan. Because, even when our community cannot be together, we’re never truly apart.

Cheers to you, Class of 2020. You. Are. Unforgettable.


Shawn Proctor

Shawn Proctor, MFA, is Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.




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Graduation Doesn't Mean Goodbye: 8 things you may miss about Villanova

Congratulations, Class of 2014 ! Now comes the hard part!  Before you leave, let’s review a list of some things you might actually miss from Villanova.


1. Free Printing

Say goodbye to that $60 in print quota, and hello to notion of buying a home printer.

2. NovaBucks

Remember when you felt like a king with all of the NovaBucks you had…

3. Waking up Late

Picking out your own schedule and avoiding sunlight as if you were a vampire.

4. 3×5 Index Cards

That feeling when the ACS professor lets you use a 3×5 index card for your final.

Doesn’t really work like that in the real world.


5. Wearing whatever you want

Deciding between bell-bottoms and Uggs or gym shorts with stilettos was a tough choice. Now comes the realization that 95% of your wardrobe is not business appropriate.

6. Free Gym

Using the gym on campus was convenient and modern. Now you have to resort to more dangerous tactics.


7. Living close to your friends

All of those friendships you have built up over the college years are basically cut in half, with friends moving home or to another city for a job.

8. Summer vacations

Say goodbye to those 3 month vacations, unless you are becoming a teacher, of course. If you have the money for a vacation, it will probably be just 2 weeks.


But one thing you do not have to miss out on…access to an award-winning library.

Falvey grants courtesy memberships to alumni, making it possible for you to access our entire collection and online databases (while on site). No need to break the computer to find out more information.

Just come to the front desk and we’ll be happy to help! And remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube to keep up with events and information from your Alma Mater.

Article by Raamaan McBride, writer on the Communication and Publications team, and specialist on the Access Services Team.



Last Modified: May 15, 2014