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Information for Guests

Welcome Family and Friends to WashULaw!

This page provides information for guests, family members, and visitors who will be attending the 2016 December Recognition Ceremony and 2017 Commencement activities. Please bookmark this page and check back periodically for any updates. (updated 6.6.16)


The Chancellor’s Recognition Ceremony for December 2016 Degree Candidates

Saturday, December 3, 2016
Graham Chapel
1:30 p.m.

Candidates and guests are invited to a reception immediately following the ceremony in the Danforth University Center 

Please remember that tickets are not required for the December Recognition Ceremony.Invitations will be emailed to all December degree candidates and RSVPs are requested. Family and guests are welcome; however, guest seating in Graham Chapel is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Please note, the majority of guest seating in Graham Chapel is in the balcony and requires the ability to climb stairs. Guests with small children or mobility limitations may want to consider the additional viewing locations below.

Click here for more information, including online RSVP, regalia and announcements.

#WashU16 & Email Updates

Help celebrate the December graduates by sharing your tweets, photos, and videos using the hashtag #WashU16. Don’t forget to sign up to receive email updates, as well.


Commemorative Merchandise

Planning Your Visit 


For more information click here.  The events listed below are by invitation only. 

  • Graduate and International Commencement Reception| Wednesday, May 17 | Janite Lee Reading Room (ABH-452) | 6:00 p.m. 
    By invitation only 
  • Public Service Awards Breakfast - Honorees| Thursday, May 18| Janite Lee Reading Room (ABH-452) | 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. 
    By invitation only 
  • Academic Excellence Awards and Reception | Thursday, May 18 | Janite Lee Reading Room (ABH-No. 452) | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 
    By invitation only 
  • Clinical Education Program Graduation Open House| Thursday, May 18 | Clinic Suites (ABH-105) | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
    By invitation only 


Parking and On-Campus Transportation

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: One option for families wishing to attend the Law School ceremony is to 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. 

University Ceremony Information - 8:30 a.m.

  • University Processional: begins 8:30 a.m. (the law school is in the second group entering the quadrangle) [order of march]
  • University Ceremony: 8:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. approx. (Brookings Quadrangle) (Law students will be acknowledged as a school.)
  • Watch WashU Ceremony - Friends and family can join the celebration.
  • University Commencement Viewing Locations - Visitors who wish to remain indoors during Commencement can find closed circuit viewing.

Law School Recognition Ceremony - 11:15 a.m. (immediately after university ceremony) 

Athletics Complex, Varsity Gym 

  • Watch the WashULaw Ceremony on the web - Friends and family can join the celebration.
  • Law School Processional: begins 11:15 a.m. (approx.)
  • Law School Ceremony: Graduates will be recognized individually.
  • Law School Program
  • Law School Reception - (immediately after ceremony) - Anheuser-Busch Hall | Crowder Courtyard, Janite Lee Reading Room & 4th floor
    You will find an array of appetizers and drinks to celebrate this momentous occasion with graduates, family and friends.  


Take a glimpse of all the commencement activites for 2016 

Future Ceremony dates

December recognition ceremony: 

Saturday, December 3, 2016
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Click here for more information.

Commencement: (University and School of Law)
Friday, May 19, 2017
Friday, May 18, 2018
Friday, May 19, 2017


Bev Owens| by email: owensb@wustl.edu | by phone: 314.935.6482