Watch Commencement Live Here May 20-21 Class of 2021 and May 30 Class of 2020

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Celebrate the Class of 2020, May &
December Graduates

Make plans to attend the rescheduled celebration on Sunday, May 30, 2021.

Watch a video with special congratulations messages to the Class of 2020

Celebrate the Class of 2021, May Graduates

Make plans for Washington University’s 160th Commencement celebration, May 20-21, 2021.

Submit your congratulations message for the Class of 2021

Guest tickets for the Commencement ceremonies are non-transferable.

Recent Communications

Class of 2021: Important details for participating in-person at Commencement

Good afternoon, Class of 2021 graduates,  We are very excited to celebrate you and all of your accomplishments during your in-person Commencement ceremonies in May. As you know, Washington University is continuing to practice a variety of protocols to ensure everyone remains safe. In addition, we ask that you adhere to the following guidelines for all Commencement […]

Help celebrate our graduates

Good afternoon, Commencement is such a special time, and we are requesting your help to create a memorable experience for our wonderful Washington University graduates. Loved ones, faculty, staff, and friends are invited to submit messages of support to the Class of 2021 now through Saturday, April 24, 2021. Photos and videos submitted by April 24 will be […]

Commencement guest policy and town hall

Dear graduates and family members, We are looking forward to celebrating the Classes of 2020 and 2021 and all of your accomplishments next month. Now that registration has closed and planning is underway, we wanted to remind our community of a few important protocols to ensure everyone is safe and that we are able to […]

Washington University Commencement Registration Open Now

Good afternoon Class of 2020 and 2021 graduates,  I sincerely hope that each of you were as excited to receive the latest Commencement announcement as we were to send it. St. Louis County has approved Washington University to host in-person ceremonies of 500 graduates or less, on Francis Field, with two guests per graduate. We are thrilled […]

Plans for Commencement, 2/26/21

Dear Members of the Classes of 2020 and 2021, As we shared with you last month, we’ve been hard at work making plans to celebrate you and your accomplishments at Commencement ceremonies to be held in St. Louis this May. We appreciate your patience as we’ve explored what would be possible given the continuing uncertainty of […]


Our FAQ page for the May ceremonies covers a variety of commonly asked questions.