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.

2023 Commencement Ceremony

2022 December Recognition

2022 Commencement Ceremony

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)