Commencement 2024

The university-wide Commencement Ceremony will take place on Monday, May 13, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. on Francis Olympic Field. Additional climate-controlled and accessible viewing locations are listed below.

NEW! Tickets are now required for all school ceremonies. Schools will communicate and distribute tickets for their individual ceremonies directly to the graduates.

Tickets for all ceremonies will be sent directly to the graduates. The graduates are responsible for distributing the tickets among their respective guests.

Commencement is a rain or shine event. Seats are available first come, first served.

Additional viewing locations

The following additional viewing locations will be available during the all-University Commencement ceremony on Monday, May 13. The locations below are accessible, provide seating with back support and are climate controlled.

  • DUC-Tisch Commons (125)
  • Edison Theatre (128)
  • Seigle Hall L006 (166)
  • Simon Hall, room 1 (168)
  • Wrighton Hall 300 (185)

New! Policy changes for Commencement

WashU has implemented several policy changes for the safety and convenience of our community during the university ceremony as well as the school recognition ceremonies and events.


Tickets are now required for all school ceremonies. Schools will communicate and distribute tickets for their individual ceremonies directly to the graduates. Please see Calendar of Events below for school schedules and direct links to school Commencement webpages. Links are highlighted in red.

Bag Policy

Graduates may not bring any bags of any type onto Francis Olympic Field, or into the school ceremonies.

Guests are strongly encouraged not to bring bags. Only the following types of bags will be allowed:

  • Clear plastic bags, not to exceed 14”x14”x4”. Clear bags will be available and free of charge in parking locations and at the ceremony entrances, for those who need them.
  • Small clutch-type wallets or purses not to exceed 4”x6”. Diaper bags are allowed for those with small children, but will be inspected.
  • Medically necessary equipment is permitted after inspection.
Prohibited Items

The following items are prohibited in all university and school ceremonies and events, and are subject to confiscation:

  • Air horns and other artificial noisemakers
  • Animals, except assistance animals
  • Banners or signs larger than 2’x3’ (no poles of any kind will be allowed)
  • Food and drink (except water)
  • Firearms and weapons
  • Laser lights
  • Balloons, glitter and confetti
  • Unmanned aircraft/drones

2024 Calendar of Events

In addition to the university-wide Commencement Ceremony (for all schools and degrees), students are recognized at smaller events planned as part of Commencement.

Families should plan to attend their student’s school events as well as the university-wide Commencement Ceremony. School events are smaller and may include students crossing the stage for individual recognition, unlike the large university ceremony.

For questions about school or program events, click the information below for additional details.

School ceremony schedule
May 10, 2024
9:30 a.m.Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences 560 Trinity Building
1:30 p.m.McKelvey School of Engineering – PhD hooding Emerson Auditorium
3:00 p.m.Arts & Sciences – graduateGraham Chapel
4:00 p.m. Masters degrees within the School of MedicineEPNEC (Eric P Newman Education Center)
May 11, 2024
11:00 a.m.McKelvey School of Engineering – Masters & Bachelors ceremonyField House
3:30 p.m.Brown SchoolField House
May 12, 2024
8:30 a.m.Arts & Sciences – undergraduateFrancis Olympic Field
3:00 p.m.Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts (Art & Architecture)Varsity Gym
4:00 p.m.Doctor of Medicine ProgramRitz Carlton
5:30 p.m.Olin Business School – undergraduateField House
May 13, 2024
9:00 a.m. University-wide CommencementFrancis Olympic Field
11:30 a.m. School of LawField House
11:30 a.m.School of Continuing & Professional StudiesGraham Chapel
1:00 p.m.Program in Occupational TherapyThe Sheldon
1:30 p.m.Program in Physical TherapyKhorassan Ballroom –
Chase Park Plaza
1:30 p.m.Program in Audiology and Communication SciencesEPNEC (Eric P Newman Education Center)
4:30 p.m.Olin Business School – graduateField House
Affinity ceremony schedule

Thank you for registering for the 2024 Affinity graduation ceremonies. Registration is now closed.

Wednesday. May 8, 2024
7:00 p.m.Lavender GraduationRisa Commons
Thursday, May 9, 2024
9:00 a.m.International GraduationGraham Chapel
3:00 p.m.Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) GraduationGraham Chapel
Friday, May 10, 2024
9:00 a.m.First Generation GraduationGraham Chapel
3:00 p.m.Military & VeteransFormal Lounge, Women’s Building
6:00 p.m. Latiné GraduationUmrath Lounge
Saturday, May 11, 2024
1:00 p.m.Bears with Cubs (Student-Parents)The Graduate Center, suite 005, Women’s Building
6:00 p.m.Black Commencement Graham Chapel
Wednesday, May 15, 2024
1:00 p.m.Army ROTC ceremonyGraham Chapel