Policy changes for Commencement

WashU has implemented several policy changes for the safety and convenience of our community during the university ceremony as well as the school recognition ceremonies and events.Tickets


Tickets are now required for all school ceremonies. Schools will communicate and distribute tickets for their individual ceremonies directly to the graduates. Please see Calendar of Events for school schedules and direct links to school Commencement webpages. Links are highlighted in red.

Bag Policy

Graduates may not bring any bags of any type onto Francis Olympic Field, or into the school ceremonies.

Guests are strongly encouraged not to bring bags. Only the following types of bags will be allowed:

  • Clear plastic bags, not to exceed 14”x14”x4”. Clear bags will be available and free of charge in parking locations and at the ceremony entrances, for those who need them.
  • Small clutch-type wallets or purses not to exceed 4”x6”. Diaper bags are allowed for those with small children, but will be inspected.
  • Medically necessary equipment is permitted after inspection.
Prohibited Items

The following items are prohibited in all university and school ceremonies and events, and are subject to confiscation:

  • Air horns and other artificial noisemakers
  • Animals, except assistance animals
  • Banners or signs larger than 2’x3’ (no poles of any kind will be allowed)
  • Food and drink (except water)
  • Firearms and weapons
  • Laser lights
  • Balloons, glitter and confetti
  • Unmanned aircraft/drones

May Commencement

The 163rd Commencement ceremony is scheduled for Monday, May 13, 2024 at 9:00 a.m.

December Recognition

The December ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, December 14, 2024 at 10:00 a.m.

Future Commencements*

Monday, May 12, 2025

Friday, May 15, 2026

Friday, May 21, 2027

*Tentative dates