Getting ready to graduate
Invitations will be emailed to all December degree candidates.
Family and guests are welcome.
Marching Order software enables graduates to input their phonetic pronunciation and record their name.
In the fall, you will receive a school email with instructions on how to create your Marching Order account, confirm your RSVP for the ceremony, and record your name.
Regalia should be ordered by November 15. Candidates can pick up regalia at the Danforth Campus Bookstore starting the Monday before the ceremony. (Note, regalia for the May ceremony will be available at a discounted price for those candidates attending both December and May ceremonies.)
In addition, candidates and their families can also order graduation announcements at the bookstore.
- Graduate students: Wear your tassel on your left side while wearing your cap. Hoods should be worn into the ceremony. Check out How to Wear an Academic Hood.
Undergraduate students: Your tassel should be worn on the right side while wearing your cap.
All candidates must be in the Sumers Gym to pick up their name card and line up at the assembly point by 9:00 a.m. The procession will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.
Candidates please refrain from visiting family in the Field House before the ceremony begins.
The grand marshal will announce the names of each candidate as they walk across the stage to shake hands with Chancellor Wrighton.
- Regalia may be worn by degree candidates at this ceremony.
- A professional photographer will be available to take photos of candidates as they cross the stage.
- Reception immediately following the ceremony.
The ceremony will also be lived streamed from the Commencement Home Page.
- 8:30 a.m. – Doors open
- 9:00 a.m. – Candidates should be checked in and assembled by this time.
- 10:00 a.m. – Procession begins
- 11:00 a.m. – Reception
Help celebrate the December graduates by sharing your tweets, photos, and videos using the hashtag #WashU18.
All students graduating in December are invited to return to Commencement in May. Details will be provided with your diploma.
For more information regarding May Commencement, sign up here for communication updates.
If you successfully complete all degree requirements, your degree will be officially conferred by the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees in January. Diplomas will be mailed at the end of January and may take several weeks to arrive.