The Commencement ceremony is held on Francis Olympic Field which is located on the west side of campus.

Give yourself plenty of time

Commencement starts promptly at 9:00 a.m. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to allow adequate travel time from campus parking areas to Francis Olympic Field. The field gates will open at 6:30 a.m.

Rideshare drop off

Guests are strongly encouraged to take a hotel shuttle, taxi or rideshare service.
Shuttles, Uber, Lyft and taxi drivers may drop off guests in Simon Hall lot (168).
The lot may only be accessed via northbound Wallace off of Forsyth.

To find this location, search for Simon Hall on our interactive map (D4 on the grid).

A secondary drop-off location will be directly in the designated pick-up/drop-off area on the south side of Mallinckrodt (150)

To find this location, search for Mallinckrodt on our interactive map (F5 on the grid).

Parking on campus

Visitors may park in university parking garages that include Snow Way (202), Millbrook (204), Shepley (203), Wallace (D8) and the East End (201).

Accessible drop off and parking

Accessible parking is available to those displaying a state issued accessible placard or license plate in the Danforth University Center Garage (DUC)(200).  Accessible parking in the DUC Garage may only be accessed via Forsyth Boulevard and northbound Wallace Drive.

For those needing to drop off guests with accessibility needs, please enter via Forsyth Boulevard and northbound Wallace Drive and follow the posted signage to the designated drop-off location.

More information may be found our Accessibility page.


MetroLink, the St. Louis light-rail system, is an alternative to driving and parking at the university. The Metro offers convenient access to both the Danforth and Medical campuses and allows guests to avoid traffic and parking congestion during the Commencement ceremonies.

More information regarding the St. Louis bus system may be found on the MetroLink website or the WashU Parking & Transportation Services page .