Inspiring speeches are heard, congratulations are given and memories are made.

From the first Washington University in St. Louis Commencement held in 1862, the ceremony has given graduates, family, friends, faculty and staff the opportunity to gather in celebration.

WashU 2021 pennant

December Recognition

The 2019 December recognition ceremony was held December 14, 2019.

May Commencement

The 160th Commencement ceremony was held Thursday, May 20, 2021, and Friday, May 21, 2021, for the Class of 2021 and Sunday, May 30, 2021, for the Class of 2020.

Photos & Videos

View recognition ceremony photos

Keynote Speaker

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Jason Wang, BSBA ’09
CEO, Xi’an Famous Foods

Photos & Videos

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2020 ceremonies

Class of 2020 graduate students commencement ceremony

Class of 2020 undergraduate students (alpha A-K) commencement ceremony

Class of 2020 undergraduate students (alpha L-Z) commencement ceremony

2021 ceremonies

Class of 2021 McKelvey School of Engineering commencement ceremony

Class of 2021 School of Law commencement ceremony

Class of 2021 Olin Business School commencement ceremony

Class of 2021 Brown School and Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts commencement ceremony

Class of 2021 School of Medicine commencement ceremony

Class of 2021 The Graduate School (Graduate and PhD students) + University College commencement ceremony

Class of 2021 Arts & Sciences (alpha A-K) commencement ceremony

Class of 2021 Arts & Sciences (alpha L-Z) commencement ceremony

Keynote Speaker & Grand Marshal
2021 ceremonies

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
NBA Hall-of-Famer

HONORARY GRAND MARSHAL
Ralph S. Quatrano
Spencer T. Olin Professor Emeritus of Biology in Arts & Sciences and dean emeritus of Washington University

2020 ceremonies

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Julie Gerberding
Former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

HONORARY GRAND MARSHAL
Ida Early

Honorary Degrees

Christopher S. “Kit” Bond
Doctor of Laws

Richard H. Helmholz
Doctor of Laws

Gerda Weissmann Klein
Doctor of Humanities

Stuart A. Kornfeld
Doctor of Science

Shannon Watts
Doctor of Humanities

Programs (PDFs)

2021 Graduates

2020 Graduates

2021 Degree Candidates

2021 Honors and Awards