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

From the first Washington University in St. Louis Commencement held in 1862, WashU’s commencement ceremonies have given graduates, family, friends, faculty and staff the opportunity to gather in celebration.

December Recognition

The December recognition ceremony was held December 11, 2021, at the Athletic Complex.

May Commencement

The 161st Commencement ceremony was held Friday, May 20, 2022, at Francis Olympic Field.

Photos & Videos

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Keynote Speaker

Esther Shin, AB ’94, MSW ’98
President and CEO, Urban Strategies, Inc.

Photos & Videos

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Keynote Speaker & Grand Marshal

Dr. Mae C. Jemison

John Baugh
Margaret Bush Wilson Distinguished University Professor

Rebecca Dresser

Honorary Degrees

Brian Kobilka
Doctor of Science

The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor
Doctor of Laws

Andrew C. Taylor
Doctor of Humanities

Barbara Broadhurst Taylor
Doctor of Humanities