Commencement 2021
May 18–21, 2021

The university-wide Commencement Ceremony is scheduled to take place on Friday, May 21, 2021, at 8:30 a.m.

In addition to the university-wide Commencement ceremony, our schools and programs hold separate ceremonies recognizing each individual student.

Details about commencement ceremonies will be confirmed as we continue to monitor Covid-19 safety recommendations and public health conditions. Please check this website periodically for all event updates.

For the university’s ongoing COVID-19 response and frequently asked questions, visit the WashU Together website.


2021 Calendar of Events

Dates and times are subject to change.

Tuesday, May 18

ARMY ROTC 103nd COMMISSIONING CEREMONY
1 p.m. Recognition Ceremony

MILITARY AND VETERANS
4 p.m. Recognition Ceremony

STUDENTS WITH CHILDREN/FAMILIES
5:30 p.m. Recognition Ceremony

Wednesday, May 19

ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER DESI AMERICAN (APIDA)
12 p.m. Recognition Ceremony

FIRST GENERATION
1:30 p.m. Recognition Ceremony

LAVENDER
3 p.m. Recognition Ceremony

BLACK SENIOR ALLIANCE
5 p.m. Recognition Ceremony

LATINX RECOGNITION CEREMONY
7:30 p.m. Recognition Ceremony

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
7:30 p.m. Recognition Ceremony

Thursday, May 20

COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES
8:30 a.m. Recognition Ceremony

BLACK GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS
9 a.m. Recognition Ceremony

MCKELVEY SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
1:30 p.m.  Undergraduate and Graduate Recognition Ceremony

THE GRADUATE SCHOOL
4 p.m. Hooding and Recognition Ceremony

PROGRAMS IN CLINICAL INVESTIGATION,
POPULATION HEALTH SCIENCES AND
APPLIED HEALTH BEHAVIOR RESEARCH

4 p.m. Joint Recognition Ceremony

DOCTOR OF MEDICINE PROGRAM
5 p.m. Pre-Commencement Reception

BROWN SCHOOL
7:30 p.m. Hooding and Recognition Ceremony

SAM FOX SCHOOL OF DESIGN & VISUAL ARTS
(ARCHITECTURE & ART)

7 p.m. Recognition Ceremony

Friday, May 21

ALL-UNIVERSITY COMMENCEMENT
8:30 a.m.

BROWN SCHOOL
11 a.m. (or following Commencement) Diploma pick-up and Reception

COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES
11 a.m. Diploma pick-up and Reception

THE GRADUATE SCHOOL
11 a.m. Diploma pick-up and Reception

SAM FOX SCHOOL OF DESIGN & VISUAL ARTS
Diploma pick-up and Reception
11a.m. (or following Commencement)

MCKELVEY SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
Undergraduate and Graduate Diploma pick-up and Reception
11 a.m. (or following Commencement)

PROGRAM IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
1 p.m. Diploma Ceremony

PROGRAM IN PHYSICAL THERAPY
1:30 p.m. Diploma Distribution and Hooding Ceremony

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
11 a.m. (or following Commencement) Diploma pick-up and Reception

OLIN BUSINESS SCHOOL
11:30 a.m. Undergraduate Recognition Ceremony

SCHOOL OF LAW
11:30 Recognition Ceremony and Diploma Distribution

PROGRAM IN AUDIOLOGY AND COMMUNICATION SCIENCES
1:30 p.m. Recognition Ceremony and Diploma Distribution

OLIN BUSINESS SCHOOL
3 p.m. Graduate Recognition Ceremony

DOCTOR OF MEDICINE PROGRAM
2 p.m. Commencement Recognition Ceremony


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