The university-wide Commencement ceremony will be held on Monday, May 15, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. (CST).
The university-wide Commencement ceremony will be held on the historic Francis Olympic Field on the Danforth Campus. Gates to the field will open at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, May 15, 2023. No food or beverage, other than water, will be allowed on Francis Olympic Field.
Commencement will begin promptly with the procession at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude around 11:00 a.m. A university-wide festival will take place immediately following the ceremony and will end at 3:00 p.m.
Yes, the university-wide Commencement ceremony will be livestreamed from our main Commencement website on Monday, May 15 at 9:00 a.m.
Yes, water will be available during Commencement and throughout the festival. We will have water-filling stations throughout campus; please bring your own reusable water bottle.
This is the second year for our fun and exciting university-wide festival. Graduates and their guests will have the opportunity to enjoy local food and beverage, entertainment, music, and photo opportunities across campus. The festival will take place immediately following the university-wide Commencement ceremony from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
No tickets are required for any of the ceremonies.
No, graduates do not cross the stage at the university-wide Commencement ceremony. However, graduates will have the opportunity to have their name called and cross the stage at individual school ceremonies.
You may find the full Commencement schedule here. Schools plan and manage their own ceremonies. Any additional questions should be directed to the school from which you’re graduating.
St. Louis weather can often fluctuate during the month of May. Recent Commencement weekends have had weather extremes, so flexibility and practicality are good planning principles. Dress for the weather and your comfort. Low heels or flats are appropriate for navigating the turf field and walks across campus.
Commencement is a rain or shine event. In the event of rain, ponchos will be available to all graduates and guests. The Commencement ceremony may be shortened.
The university-wide Commencement speaker, along with select student speakers, will be announced during the Class of 2023 Toast in March.
Graduates are required to register themselves for the university-wide Commencement. During the registration, we ask graduates to provide us with an estimated number of guests. Nothing additional is required.
Yes, graduation regalia is required to participate in all Commencement events.
Yes, parking will be available in all parking garages located on Danforth Campus. Please review our Visiting Campus in May webpage for more details.
There are several options available for accessible parking. An accessible drop off is located in the lot in front of Simon Hall. Accessible parking is available in the Danforth University Center Garage for those displaying a state-issued accessible placard or license plate. Please review our Accessibility page for more details.
Accessible seating will be available on Francis Olympic Field. When you arrive, there will be accessible seating marked towards the front of the field.
We have a limited amount of wheelchairs available to reserve for the university-wide Commencement ceremony. Please review our Accessibility page for more details.
All student communications are posted to our website here.
Yes, there are a number of ways to honor your graduate’s achievement and celebrate the occasion.
Information about diplomas may be found on the Office of the University Registrar website. Any additional questions or comments should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your student ID number.
If you lose an item during Commencement weekend, please call the Washington University Police Department at (314) 935-5555.
Be sure to check the website frequently for recent communications and updates. If you still cannot find an answer to your question within this FAQ or on the website, please send an email to email@example.com. If you are student, please be sure to include your student ID.
Per the Office of International Students and Scholars, invitation letters are no longer required for visa appointments. If you have further questions regarding visa applications for your family, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or you may contact your OISS advisor directly at https://students.wustl.edu/oiss-hours-advising-locations/.