From the first Washington University in St. Louis Commencement held in 1862, the ceremony has given graduates, family, friends, faculty and staff the opportunity to gather in celebration.

2020-2021 Ceremonies

2014-2019 Ceremonies (Commencement Archive)

Ceremonies prior to 2014 are housed in the archives of the University Library.


Past Commencement Videos

Watch a selection of memorable moments and speeches from recent commencement ceremonies.

Past Speakers, Honorary Degree Recipients and Grand Marshals

2021 Commencement Address from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

2021 Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipients

2020 Speaker

2002-2019 Speakers, Honorary Degree Recipients, and Grand Marshals (Commencement Archive)

1905-2015 Speakers (University Archives)

1859-2019 Honorary Degrees awarded by WashU (University Archives)