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Commencement 2018

Commencement offers a time for our graduates to celebrate their hard work and accomplishments, along with family, friends, faculty and mentors. Washington University's all-university Commencement is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on December 8, 2018. The Brown School's Recognition Ceremony will take place at 1:00 p.m. on the same day. 

Tickets are not required for either ceremony.

During Commencement, share your experiences on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtags #BrownGrad18 and #WashU18.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Chancellor's Recognition Ceremony for December Degree Candidates
Athletic Complex, Danforth Campus

9:00 a.m.  All degree candidates must be in the Sumers Gym to pick up their name card and line up at the designated assembly point.
10:00 a.m.  All-University Commencement Ceremony begins. 
11:30 a.m.  Ceremony concludes and reception follows immediately after. Candidates should arrange to meet friends and relatives at the reception to alleviate crowding and enable a quick exit from the ceremony.

Comprehensive information about this ceremony is available at

Although tickets are not required, seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Learn more about accessible seating and access, as well as additional viewing locations for visitors who wish to remain indoors. A live stream of the 2018 All-University Commencement will be available at


If candidates successfully complete all degree requirements, their degree will be officially conferred by the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees in January.  Diplomas will be mailed at the end of January and may take several weeks to arrive.

Brown School Recognition Ceremony
Clark-Fox Forum, Hillman Hall

12:30 p.m.  Students expected to arrive at Hillman Hall.
12:45 p.m.  All degree candidates locate their seats. Volunteers will be able to assist. 
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.  Brown School December Recognition Ceremony.

At the recognition ceremony, each graduating student will be individually recognized and will receive their diploma cover from Mary McKay, the Neidorff Family and Centene Corporation Dean of the Brown School.

A live stream of the 2018 Brown School Recognition Ceremony will be available on this page, beginning at 12:30 p.m. CT on December 8.

Information for Visitors

We look forward to sharing this day with you! Guests are advised to arrive on campus at least 45 minutes before the start of each ceremony to allow adequate travel time. Due the East End Transformation construction project, parking will be limited. Guests are strongly encouraged to take a hotel shuttle, taxi or rideshare service. Drivers may drop off guests at Mallinckrodt Center (77)

Learn more about other details for visiting campus, including parking options and accessible parkingMetroLink light rail also is a convenient and reliable option. For the Brown School Recognition Ceremony, Thursday, exit MetroLink at the University City/Big Bend StationFor the all-university commencement, Friday, exit at the Skinker Station.


Handicapped accessible seating will be available at both ceremonies; no additional arrangements are needed. Learn more about accessibility. To arrange for wheelchair rental, please contact Rosetta Saputo at (314) 935-5669.


During the Brown School Recognition Ceremony, professional photographers will take individual pictures of each student. These photographs will be available for viewing and purchasing. However, parents and guests may not come to the front of the stage or stand on the ramps leading to the stage to take pictures during either ceremony.

Communications Updates

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Information for Students

Congratulations! During this busy and exciting time, we have tips to make Commencement as easy as possible. Consult the 2018 Commencement Timeline & Details (PDF) for comprehensive information on preparing for Commencement.

Order Regalia

All graduates planning to walk in Commencement must order your regalia by November 15 through the Washington University bookstore. 

Pickup is available  in the lower level of the bookstore. You will be required to present your university photo ID, and payment will be due at that time ($85 plus tax; there is an additional $27 charge for the second hood required for dual-degree candidates).

Rental regalia must be returned following your final ceremony; the deadline is Saturday, December 15. (Or, you will have the option to purchase your regalia or your hood, if desired. Details will be given at time of pick-up.) You may keep your tassel.

Additional Recognition Ceremonies

Additional celebratory events will be held to recognize graduating students who are veterans, students with children, LGBTQ+ students, Latinx students, black students, and Buder Scholars. Learn more about additional recognition events (PDF).

Assembly Points & Procession Order

For the Brown School Recognition Ceremony, arrive at Hillman Hall by 12:45 p.m.

For the all-university commencement, assemble at Sumers gym by 9:00 a.m. Learn more about procession order.

Cap and Gown Etiquette

During the Brown School Recognition Ceremony, degree candidates must wear the cap and gown. The hood should be carried over one arm, not worn. Degree candidates will be hooded on stage during the ceremony.

During the university ceremony in Brookings Quad, 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 Dean McKay. Caps are removed for the singing of "America the Beautiful."

Share Your Memories

During Commencement, share your experiences on FacebookTwitter or Instagram using the hashtags #BrownGrad18 and #WashU18.

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