Recent graduates throwing caps in the air

Congratulations, graduates!

Congratulations on your accomplishments and best of success as you begin a new, exciting chapter of your life!

“I am confident that every new graduate has the potential for leadership. You will address effectively the world’s challenges and seize the most exciting opportunities. Indeed, we are depending on you! You have developed habits of achievement. You are already tomorrow’s leaders.” – Chancellor Wrighton

Happy graduates at 2014 Commencement

The all-university Commencement ceremony is held each spring in the Brookings Quadrangle on the Danforth Campus. The university invites all students who have been conferred degrees during the academic year (August, December, May) to attend Commencement in May.

Getting ready to graduate

All Washington University students are required to file an Intent to Graduate in order to graduate or to participate in Commencement exercises. Deadlines for filing an Intent are established by the schools and posted at WebSTAC with the online Intent form.

Commencement happens May 18, 2018! Make a note of the full details about the day and your individual recognition ceremony.

Don’t forget to reserve your cap and gown.

By 8 a.m., all candidates must be at the assembly point designated for each school.

  • The procession will begin at 8:30 a.m. sharp, led by the grand marshal, the chancellor, members of the administration, the Board of Trustees, honorary degree recipients, faculty and alumni from the 50th reunion class.
  • The student divisions will follow the procession leaders according to the order shown on the procession order and assembly points chart.
  • Candidates should march in front of or behind the person with whom they wish to sit – not side by side. View the seating chart to see how Commencement seating is arranged.
  • Caps should be removed for the singing of “America the Beautiful.”

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Class of 2018

Information for graduating seniors such as details about the Senior Class Gift and Senior Week will be posted online at

On which side does the tassel go?


Candidates receiving an undergraduate degree should wear tassels on the right prior and during the ceremony, and move their tassels from the right to the left after the chancellor confers their degrees.


Candidates receiving graduate degrees should wear tassels on the left for the entire ceremony. Graduates should also process into Brookings Quadrangle wearing their hood.

Distribution of diplomas

Diplomas will be distributed at individual recognition ceremonies and receptions following Commencement.

For any graduates who are unable to attend Commencement, diplomas will be held for pickup until June 1, 2018, at:

Office of the University Registrar
Olin Women’s Building
Room 50, lower level
(314) 935-5959
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Diplomas not picked up by June 1, 2018 will be mailed to the address listed on the student’s intent to graduate form. Learn more about diploma distribution on the Office of the University Registrar’s website.

Per tradition, certain schools confer their degrees in Latin. Read the Latin Diploma Translations.