Commencement 2021
May 20–21, 2021

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.

Please review the Planning Guide for Spring 2021 Graduates and if you are not already subscribed, please sign up for email updates from the Commencement Office.

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

Class of 2021 Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 20, 2021 
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.McKelvey School of Engineering
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.School of Law
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.Olin Business School
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.Brown School + Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Friday, May 21, 2021 
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.Arts & Sciences Ceremony 1 (alpha A-K)**
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Arts & Sciences Ceremony 2 (alpha L-Z)**
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. The Graduate School (Graduate and PhD students) + University College
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.School of Medicine
 *Dates and times are subject to modifications should COVID conditions and restrictions change.
**If you fall into one of the ceremonies that will be assigned by last name, based upon registration data, your ceremony may shift. 

Celebrating our graduates


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