2014 commencement photo

Commencement Day - May 15, 2015

This page provides a timeline of events for Washington University School of Law Commencement Day on Friday, May 15, 2015.
(updated 5/14/15)


Commencement Ceremonies will be held in the Brookings Quadrangle rain or shine. If the weather is sufficiently threatening to endanger safety, many of the commencement activites will be subject to change, please click here to view the most updated information concerning the law school graduates. Information is subject to changes. 

Click here to view Commencement packet (includes map and itinerary)

University Ceremony - 8:30 a.m.

  • 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.
  • University Assembly: 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, hats on, carry hood.
  • University Procession: 8:30 a.m. The student divisions will follow the procession leaders according to the order shown on the Procession Order and Assembly Points chart.  (the law school is in the second group entering the quadrangle)
  • Ken Burns, director and producer of some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made, will deliver the commencement address at the University Ceremony.

Law School Reception - approx. 11:00 a.m.

  • The reception is immediately following the university ceremony in Anheuser-Busch Hall for graduates and guests. (No tickets are needed.)  You will find an array of appetizers and drinks to celebrate this momentous occasion with family and friends. 


  • This ceremony is held in the Brookings Quadrangle. Tickets are not required.
  • Law Recognition Processional: begins approximately 1:15 p.m. (Brookings Quadrangle)
  • Law Recognition Ceremony: lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours.

Special Message on Social Media at Law School Commencement 2015: Use #WUSTL15

The law school is supporting the university’s social media plan for Commencement 2015 to Build pride, Celebrate accomplishment, Foster and energize the university community, and Honor tradition across the university and the law school. To help, please use the hashtag #WUSTL15 in your social media posts as you share your special moments, thoughts, goodbyes, and thank-yous. You can also follow along at commencement.wustl.edu, which includes links to help you share news and photos of your big day on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Instagram.


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.

  • Click here for further information on parking on the campus.
  • Special Needs Parking - (These instructions will be subject to updates, please check back.)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. Thirty wheelchairs are available for use at university Commencement and school ceremonies. They may be reserved by calling Rosetta Saputo, 314-935-5669.


  • University Commencement Website - information concerning the University Ceremony.
  • Watch University Commencement on the Web - Friends and family can join the celebration without traveling.
  • Special Needs Seating and Access - Information for those needing accommodations ahead of time for any guests or family members with special needs.
  • University Commencement Viewing Locations - Visitors who wish to remain indoors during Commencement can find closed circuit viewing.
  • Commencement water bottle notice - In observance of the Washington University commitment to decreasing the amount of bottled water on campus, we will not be placing bottles of water on chairs for Commencement. We will have limited amounts of bottled water available for our guests from around the world who may not be aware of our commitment to decreasing bottled water usage. Please consider bringing your own bottle of water if you feel you need it.


  • Photographs - Please note that individual pictures of each student at each of the school recognition ceremonies will be available from professional photographers. In addition, there will be a designated area where guests will be able to take photos.
  • Law School Commencement Program  (the program will be posted May 2015)
  • Special Needs Seating and Access - Information for those needing accommodations ahead of time for any guests or family members with special needs.
  • Severe Weather Plan - Information in the event of violent weather (not rain) which will necessitate a change in ceremony locations.
  • Return Regalia - Information on returning regalia.
  • Diploma Pickup - after the law school ceremony, under the overhang of Ridgley Hall. Graduates will need a photo id to receive their diploma.

Questions? Contact

Jeanetta Nixon | Events Department | jnixon@wulaw.wustl.edu | 314.935.6551