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Commencement 2019

Commencement offers a time for our graduates to celebrate their hard work and accomplishments, along with family, friends, faculty and mentors. The Brown School's December Recognition Ceremony will take place at 1:00 p.m. on December 14, 2019.

Chancellor’s Recognition Ceremony for December Degree Candidates is scheduled for December 14 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets are not required for any of the commencement ceremonies.

During Commencement, share your experiences on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtags #BrownGrad19 and #WashU19.

December 14, 2019

Brown School December Recognition Ceremony
Clark-Fox Forum, Hillman Hall

12:00 p.m.  Students arrive; open seating for all guests.
12:30 p.m.  Students lined up for procession in Hillman 120
1:00 p.m.     Brown School December Recognition Ceremony begins; faculty and students process.

Chancellor’s Recognition Ceremony for December Degree Candidates
Athletic Complex

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

More details will can be found at


If candidates successfully complete all degree requirements, their degree will be officially conferred by the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees. Diplomas will be mailed to the Diploma Mailing Address listed in WebStac by the end of January. 

Information for Visitors

We look forward to sharing this day with you! Parking is available at several campus garages, including East End, Danforth and Snow Way - find more infomation on the parking and transportation page. Guests are advised to arrive on campus at least 45 minutes before the start of each ceremony to allow adequate travel time.  We will update this page with parking and drop-off instructions as we near the date for the ceremony.

Learn more about other details for visiting campus, including parking options and accessible parking. MetroLink light rail also is a convenient and reliable option. For the Brown School Recognition Ceremony, exit MetroLink at the University City/Big Bend 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

Order Regalia

All graduates planning to walk in Commencement must order your regalia 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; 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 tam (hat) and tassel.

Assembly Points & Procession Order

Brown School students should assemble in Hillman 120.

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.

Share Your Memories

During Commencement, share your experiences on FacebookTwitter or Instagram using the hashtags #BrownGrad19and #WashU19.