Getting ready to graduate

File your Intent 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.

You may also want to update your local and permanent mailing address for the mailing of your diploma while in WebSTAC.

RSVPs and your Marching Order account

Invitations will be emailed to all December degree candidates.
Family and guests are welcome.  Please RSVP here.

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 and graduation announcements

Regalia should be ordered by November 15th. 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.

Assembly point and procession

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.  Please bring your student id when checking in.

Candidates should march in front of or behind the person with whom they wish to sit, not side by side.

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 ceremony

The grand marshal will announce the names of each candidate as they walk across the stage to shake hands with Chancellor Martin.

  • 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.

Ceremony schedule

  • 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


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Returning for Commencement

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.