Has a formal decision been made regarding the upcoming May 2021 Commencement ceremonies?

As was mentioned in the recent January 12th communication sent from the Provost and Interim Vice Chancellor for Students Affairs, as long as it is safe to do so, we are currently moving forward with in-person ceremonies for the Class of 2021 and Class of 2020. We continue to receive guidance from our St. Louis regional leaders, Centers for Disease Control, and our infectious disease experts from the School of Medicine and will send an update no later than February 26, 2021. Updates will also be posted on the Commencement website as they become available.

When is the Class of 2021 ceremony, and where will it occur?

The Class of 2021 ceremony is scheduled for Friday, May 21, 2021. As long as it is safe to do so, we will celebrate in-person on the Danforth Campus.

When is the rescheduled Class of 2020 ceremony, and where will it occur?

The rescheduled Class of 2020 ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, May 30, 2021. As long as it is safe to do so, we will celebrate in-person on the Danforth Campus.

Will regalia be available for students participating virtually?

Yes, updates will be posted on the Commencement website as they become available.

Will registration be required to attend the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 ceremonies?

Yes. Registration will be required by all graduates. For safety reasons, if you have not registered, you will not be allowed to participate. Once details are available, we will contact degree candidates with ceremony details, regalia, and registration information.

How will the Class of 2021 receive diplomas this academic year?

Spring 21 diploma distribution is still under consideration due to changes with the COVID-19 recommendations. Students will need to make sure that there is an updated address listed in their Diploma Mailing Address within their WebSTAC account. Students who have filed their Intent to Graduate will be notified of diploma distribution plans once they are determined.

Will Reunion celebrations take place on the Danforth Campus this year?

All in-person Reunion celebrations have transitioned to virtual. For more information please visit the alumni website.

Will there be in-person class parties?

We are working with Saint Louis County, Saint Louis City, and our medical experts to understand what restrictions may be in place. We hope to include additional information in the February 26 communication.

Should we be making accommodations and travel plans to St. Louis for Commencement?

At this time, the Commencement Office does not recommend making any non-refundable travel plans. As mentioned previously, we plan to share an update no later than February 26 that will include the most up to date information.