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 at 8:00 a.m. to allow adequate travel time from campus parking areas to Francis Olympic Field.

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 the lot south of Simon Hall (168).
The lot may only be accessed via Forsyth and Olympian Way.

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 the East End (201), Millbrook and Snow Way (202,204

Accessible drop off and parking

For those needing to drop off guests with accessibility needs, please enter the lot in front of Simon Hall (168) from Olympian Way and Forsyth. Proceed to the drop off point and volunteers will be there to assist you.

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 and Olympian Way.

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 .