150th Anniversary Celebration Features Selfies with a Clydesdale, Cake, and a Toast

Dean Staudt and WashULaw Faculty with McGee, one of St. Louis’ famous Budweiser Clydesdales


Birthday cake, a celebratory movie, a beer and root beer toast – and of course, selfies with an Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale – carried the day at Washington University School of Law’s 150th anniversary celebration.

In addition to putting out a call for fun selfies, Dean Nancy Staudt, the Howard & Caroline Cayne Professor of Law, noted the importance of taking time to salute the past and envision a proud future.

“We take seriously our role as the 12th oldest law school in the nation. We treasure our history, and we look forward to the hard work necessary to build for the future,” Staudt said.  “But today, we are here to enjoy cake, root beer, and beer.”

Who better to join the celebration than McGee, one of St. Louis’ famous Budweiser Clydesdales. Members of the faculty gathered for a group photo, and students and guests took pictures of themselves with the Clydesdale in front of Anheuser-Busch Hall.  

The gathering was the first of many scheduled over the next 16 months that will commemorate the anniversary of the Law School’s 150th founding in 1867. Last week, members of the Missouri Supreme Court offered words of wisdom to the 150th entering class at a formal Convocation Ceremony. Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton offered a toast in Crowder Courtyard that hinted at the scope of the festivities.

“I know that WashU Law School has many more wonderful plans to celebrate the 150th anniversary in events across the nation and world,” Wrighton said. “Of course, we cannot forget our commitment to excellence or the hard work necessary to build for the future, but it is always important to celebrate the special moments in the life of an institution.”

Provost Holden Thorp said the keys to the Law School’s longevity have been the quality of the faculty and students and the success of its alumni.

“Only 12 Law Schools in the nation have achieved the milestone that we have achieved today. From the earliest years in our 150-year history, this Law School has attracted some of the very best faculty and students from across the nation and the world,” Thorp said. “The success of our Law School alumni highlights the reality that this School has been doing a great job for generations — for 150 years.”