The chancellor will announce the Commencement speaker this spring, during the annual senior class toast in Brookings Quadrangle.

2014 Commencement Address Speaker – Tony La Russa

Tony La Russa addressed graduates at the 153rd Washington University in St. Louis Commencement ceremony.


Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Tony La Russa is considered one of the best managers in baseball history. During his 33-year career as a manager in Major League Baseball, La Russa won three World Series and 2,728 games, placing him third in all-time major league wins. La Russa is also known for his tireless animal rescue work and instilling in his players an interest in giving back to their communities. He has been instrumental in the success of Cardinals Care, the St. Louis Cardinals community foundation.