2014 commencement photo

Commencement Day - May 19, 2017

Welcome Family and Friends to WashULaw!

This page provides a timeline of events for Washington University School of Law Commencement Day on Friday, May 19, 2017. The information is subject to change so please check back frequently. UPDATES will be posted when available. (updated 6.10.16)


2016 Events Schedule and Map  


Parking will be limited on the Danforth Campus during the commencement ceremonies. Please take this into consideration when you are making your plans for the day. 

Parking on Campus | Click here for further information on.

Accessibility Parking | 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.

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.

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 also be available to transport individuals to Anheuser-Busch Hall and to a University stop if they wish to travel to the main ceremony. As a result, it is best for families of those with special needs to provide their own transportation on Commencement day.


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 | 11:15 a.m. | Athletics Complex, Varsity Gym

Tune in here for the Law Ceremony livestream at 11:15 a.m.

Special Needs Seating and Access - Information for those needing accommodations ahead of time for any guests or family members with special needs.

Photographs - 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.

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. 


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: owensb@wustl.edu | by phone: 314.935.6482