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.

December Recognition

The December recognition ceremony was held December 9, 2023, at the Athletic Complex.

May Commencement

The 163nd Commencement ceremony was held Monday, May 13, 2024, at Francis Olympic Field.

Photos & Videos

View recognition ceremony photos

Keynote Speaker & Grand Marshal

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Penny Pennington,
Managing Partner of Edward Jones

GRAND MARSHAL
John Baugh
Margaret Bush Wilson Distinguished University Professor

Photos & Videos

View commencement photos

View photos from Brookings Quadrangle and stairs

View 360 photos from the Class of 2024 Celebration – Ballpark Village

Keynote Speaker & Grand Marshal

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Jennifer Coolidge, award winning actress, Doctor of Fine Arts

GRAND MARSHAL
John Baugh
Margaret Bush Wilson Distinguished University Professor

Honorary Degrees

Andrew Chee-Yuen Chan
Doctor of Medicine

Bethany Ehlmann
Doctor of Science

Ken S. Kranzberg
Doctor of Fine Arts

Nancy S. Kranzberg
Doctor of Fine Arts