Commencement 2018

Commencement Day – May 18, 2018

Welcome Family and Friends to WashULaw!

This page provides a timeline of events for Washington University School of Law Commencement Day on Friday, May 18, 2018.

The information is subject to change so please check back frequently. UPDATES will be posted when available.

Schedule of Commencement Day Events

Washington University Ceremony – Begins 8:30 a.m.

Tune in here for the Commencement livestream at 8:30 a.m.

Washington University Commencement Website – information concerning the University Ceremony.
The ceremony is scheduled in the Brookings Quadrangle, rain or shine. At this ceremony, degrees are conferred by school. Tickets are not required unless the Severe Weather Plan is enacted.

The Procession: 8:10 a.m. – graduates line up for the procession on the east side of Olin Library.
Candidates should march in front of or behind the person with whom they wish to sit side by side (see seating chart). All graduates must be in regalia, wear hats, wear hood.

The Ceremony: 8:30 a.m. The student divisions will follow the procession leaders according to the order shown on the Procession Map and Seating Arrangement.  (the law school is in the second group entering the quadrangle)

University Commencement Viewing Locations – Visitors who wish to remain indoors during Commencement can find closed circuit viewing.

Law School Recognition Ceremony and Reception

RECOGNITION CEREMONY | 11:30 a.m. | Athletics Complex, Varsity Gym | Commencement Program

Tune in here for the Law Ceremony livestream at 11:30 a.m.

RECEPTION | 12:30 p.m. | Anheuser-Busch Hall | Crowder Courtyard, Janite Lee Reading Room and 4th floor.
(No tickets are needed.)  You will find an array of appetizers and drinks to celebrate this momentous occasion with family and friends.

DIPLOMA PICKUP | 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Anheuser-Busch Hall | Law Library 4th floor, northwest section.
Graduates will need a photo id to receive their diploma.

WashULaw Commencement Speakers

University-wide Commencement | 8:30 am


Law School Recognition Ceremony | 11:30 am



Please note that individual pictures of each student at each of the school recognition ceremonies will be available from professional photographers. Click here to view Grad Images website. In addition, there will be a designated area where guests will be able to take photos.

Additional Information

Severe Weather Plan – Information in the event of violent weather (not rain) which will necessitate a change in ceremony locations.

Law Graduate Return Regalia – Information on returning regalia.

Law Graduate Diploma Pickup – on the 4th floor northwest section of the Law Library. Graduates will need a photo id to receive their diploma.

Questions? Contact

Bev Owens| by email: | by phone: 314.935.6482