Past Ceremonies

Chancellor Mark Wrighton at May 2014 Commencement

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.


 

2017 – December Recognition Ceremony

Take a look back at the December ceremony. Watch the event and view photos.

2017 - 156th Commencement

Anna Quindlen, a bestselling author, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and social critic, delivered the 156th Commencement address to graduating students, their family and friends.

 

31097270080_57af33428b_k2016 – December Recognition Ceremony

Take a look back at the Chancellor's Recognition Ceremony. Watch the ceremony and view pictures from the event.

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2016 - 155th Commencement

U.S. Congressman John R. Lewis, considered one of the most courageous and influential leaders in the civil rights movement, gave the 155th Commencement address to graduating students, their family and friends in 2016.

2015 – December Recognition Ceremony

Take a look back at the Chancellor's Recognition Ceremony. Watch the ceremony and see memories shared via social media.

Ken Burns Commencement Address

2015 – 154th Commencement

Ken Burns, director and producer of some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made, gave the 154th Commencement address to graduating students, their family and friends in 2015.

Tony La Russa's 2014 Commencement Address

2014 – 153rd Commencement

Tony La Russa, Baseball Hall of Famer and arguably one of the best managers in baseball history, delivered the 153rd Commencement address to graduating students, their family and friends in 2014.