Preparing for Commencement
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Visit the campus bookstore for the ‘Graduate Fair’ held from February 20 through the 23rd. Learn more here.
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Order your regalia at the Graduation Fair, February 20 – 23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Danforth Campus store. If you are unable to attend the fair, please order your regalia online by March 23.
May 14-17, 2018
10 a.m.-6 p.m. on May 14-May 16 and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on May 17
Rental regalia will be available for pickup in the bookstore, lower level coursebook area, Mallinckrodt Center. Students will be required to present their university photo ID to claim their orders. The campus bookstore opens early, at 7:30 a.m., on Friday, May 18.
May 18-20, 2018
Rental regalia must be returned no later than Sunday, May 20, 2018. On May 20, return regalia to the lower level of the Danforth Campus store. An additional site will be available between Simon Hall and Seigle Hall. After May 20, return regalia to the Danforth Campus store. For more information, please contact the bookstore’s general merchandise department at (314) 935-5606 or email@example.com.
All graduating students are required to attend a mandatory training session. There are three training sessions; you may attend any one you choose as best fits your schedule. As this is a mandatory training, please ensure you attend at least one of the following trainings, which will all be held in Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom, No. 310. If you have any questions or unable to attend any of the training sessions listed below, contact Bev Owens| by email: firstname.lastname@example.org | by phone: 314.935.6482
Please check back for dates and locations.
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GRADUATING CLASSES GROUP PHOTOS
7:40 a.m. | All Graduates | Meet near AB Hall, outside South Entrance
All graduates must be in regalia. (wear gown, wear hood, carry hat)
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY CEREMONY ASSEMBLY
8:10 a.m. – All Graduates | East side of Olin Library | wear gown, wear hood, wear hat
Assembly Point & Procession Order Map
(Graduates should line up in front of or behind the person with whom they wish to sit – not side-by-side.)
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY CEREMONY
8:30 a.m. | Brookings Quadrangle
Ceremony (The program begins with the Commencement address, followed by the presentation and conferral of degrees. This is done by school. You will not received your diploma.) Ends approx 10:45 a.m.
Recession (All graduates will recess from the Quadrangle under the direction of the Commencement marshals.)
Law Graduates should quickly exit and proceed to the Athletics Complex to line up for the law school ceremony. More information will be available during the Mandatory Training Sessions.
LAW SCHOOL CEREMONY ASSEMBLY
10:45 a.m. | Athletics Complex | Bring Line-Up Number
There is very little time between the University Ceremony and the Law School Ceremony, so please head directly to the sidewalk behind Fraternity Row to enter the Varsity Gym and report to your spot in the line-up area.
LAW SCHOOL CEREMONY
11:30 a.m. (approx.) | Recognition Ceremony
The procession for this ceremony will begin at 11:30 am, and it is vital that you have reported to the line-up area and are in the proper spot in the procession to ensure you cross the stage in the expected order.
LAW SCHOOL RECEPTION
12:30 p.m. | Anheuser-Busch Hall | Crowder Courtyard (3rd floor) and Janite Lee Reading Room (4th floor)
Graduates, family, and guests are welcome.
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.
#WashU17 and Email Updates
Help celebrate the Class of 2017 by sharing your tweets, photos, and videos using our official commencement hashtag. Don’t forget to sign up to receive email updates, as well.
Hints to Help Your Day Go Smoothly
- Check the Law School website for weather related updates beginning at 7:00 am.
- Please travel light on the day of commencement – we suggest only items that fit in your pockets (your regalia should also have a pocket). (Bring email with your Line-Up Number and Photo ID to pick up diploma after the law school ceremony.)
- Arrive early to be sure that you will be in the class photo
(7:40 am | A-B Hall, Outside 3rd Floor Entrance).
- You can sit by your friends during the main ceremony
(they should be in the front and back of you).
- Law School Line-up will take place at the Athletics Complex, use the sidewalk behind Fraternity Row to enter the Varsity Gym. Report to your spot in the line-up area. Follow the signs. Bring your email with your Line-Up Number.
- Each student will walk across the stage (stay in order) – hand their card to Dean Walsh so your name can be read – and proceed to Dean Staudt who will shake your hand and take a photo – receive diploma cover and exit stage and return to a seat – may not be same seat.
- Reception immediately follows the ceremony, Anheuser-Busch Hall, Crowder Courtyard (3rd floor) and Janite Lee Reading Room (4th floor).
- Immediately following the ceremony diploma distribution will occur in Anheuser-Busch Hall on the 4th floor, northwest section of the Law Library. YOU WILL NEED A PHOTO ID TO PICK UP YOUR DIPLOMA.
- Regalia may be returned by May 21 to the lower level of the Danforth Campus store. An additional site will be available between Simon Hall and Seigle Hall on May 19.
- Law School Staff will be available to answer questions and assist you and your guests.
- Tickets are not needed.
- Guests with mobility needs may park at the top of the Snow Way parking garage – with or without a handicapped placard. Parking is first come first served.
- If you have any questions – please call Beverly Owens, 314-935-6482.
- Enjoy your day!
WashULaw Commencement Speakers
University-wide Commencement | 8:30 am
Wei Zhu will be the Graduate Student Speaker at the university-wide ceremony. This is only the second time that a graduate student has delivered a speech at commencement, and we are so proud that Wei has been selected to represent all graduate students.
Law School Recognition Ceremony | 11:30am
Professor Greg Magarian has been selected by the Class of 2017 as the faculty speaker.
Sarah Rockefeller will be the Voice of the JD Class.
Lei (Iris) Yu will be the Voice of the LLM Class.
7:40 am | Law School Photo
Being late means not being pictured.
WHERE: AB Hall, Outside 3rd Floor Entrance
BRING: Graduation Apparel (wear gown, wear hood, carry hat)
What to Wear and Bring
Class Photo – 7:40 a.m.
Candidates should have regalia on including your hood and your hat off. After the photo has been
taken, remove your hood and follow instructions below.
University Ceremony – 8:30 a.m.
Candidates receiving graduate degrees should wear tassels on the left for the entire ceremony and
carry the hood over their arm prior to the conferral of degrees, then hood one another when asked to
do so by their dean.
Law Recognition Ceremony – 11:30 a.m.
Candidates receiving degrees should wear tassels on the left, wear hood and hat for the entire
Parking and Transportation
Parking is always difficult around Commencement. Visitors may park in any area of the university parking lots and garages except for those designated as accessible parking or loading zones. Because of a limited amount of parking, visitors are encouraged to take shuttles from your hotel or use public transportation.
Additional overflow parking with shuttle service will be available in two parking lots next to The Muny in Forest Park. Shuttle bus loading zones will be designated in each lot. The route will run between the Muny and Mallinckrodt Center every 20 minutes from 6:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. See map.
We recommend guests arrive early before the ceremony to allow adequate travel time from campus parking areas to Brookings Quadrangle. Campus parking is available, but parking is always very crowded on Commencement day. We encourage guests to consider alternate ways to get to campus.
Accessibility Parking: Click here for more information.
Campus Parking: Click here for more information.
MetroLink: the St. Louis light-rail system, is an alternative to driving and parking at the university. Danforth Campus – exit at the Skinker Station (located just east of the Brookings Hall parking lot).
Law School: Families wishing to attend the Law School ceremony can drop off guests with special needs in the circle off Snow Way outside the first floor of Anheuser-Busch Hall. Guests can then travel by elevator to the third floor, which provides access the main campus. Please note that someone must stay with the vehicle at all times. After dropping-off guests, the vehicle must be relocated quickly to long-term parking. The closest handicapped parking for the law school will be the top level of Snow Way Garage, located just west of Anheuser-Busch Hall.
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY CEREMONY
The university provides designated parking areas for those who are mobility-impaired across campus on Commencement day. However, because of the tremendous demand on university Parking Services’ resources, neither the university nor the Law School can meet individual requests from those with special parking needs.
The university does provide limited golf cart service from designated handicapped parking areas like the Snow Way Garage that day. While it is not possible to dedicate golf carts to individual schools, including the Law School, golf carts will be available to transport individuals to Brookings Quadrangle and to a University stop if they wish to travel to the main ceremony. As there will a large number of guests leaving the University ceremony, it is recommended for families of those with special needs to provide their own transportation on Commencement day.
If you need a wheelchair for your guest, you are encouraged to contact the Medical West Healthcare Center at (314) 725-1888 to make arrangements.
For more information regarding disability accommodations click here.
LAW RECOGNITION CEREMONY
Special Needs Parking
Before parking you may drop off guests with special needs in the circle off Snow Way outside the first floor of Anheuser-Busch Hall. Guests can then travel by elevator to the third floor, which provides access to the Danforth Campus and the Brookings Quadrangle. Please note that someone must stay with the vehicle at all times. After dropping-off guests, the vehicle must be relocated quickly to long-term parking. The closest handicapped parking for the law school will be the top level of Snow Way Garage, located just west of Anheuser-Busch Hall, where a staff member will be available to assist you.
Special Needs Seating
Reserved, special needs seating will be available at Athletics Complex, Varsity Gym, (i.e. wheel chair, hearing impaired). Only the person requiring special seating and a companion will be allowed to sit in the special needs section. Due to the requirements for special seating, we are not able to accommodate complete family groups.
An American Sign Language interpreter will be present during both the University and Law School Commencement ceremonies.
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.
Diplomas will be available after the law school ceremony. If today is your official graduation date, you can pick up your diploma after the ceremony in Anheuser-Busch Hall, on the 4th floor northwest section of the Law Library. Graduates will need a photo id to receive their diploma.
If a graduate is unable to attend Commencement, his or her diploma will be held for pickup until June 1, 2016, at: Office of Student Records | Olin Women’s Building | Room 50, lower level |(314) 935-5959 | Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Diplomas not picked up by June 1, 2017, will be mailed to the address listed on the student’s intent to graduate form.
Graduates can order their official transcript on Saturday, May 19 through WebSTAC. You can request to have it mailed to you.
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Future Commencement Dates
Future Recognition Ceremony Dates
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Saturday, December 5, 2020
Future Commencement Dates
Friday, May 18, 2018
Friday, May 17, 2019
Friday, May 15, 2020