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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. The Brown School's Recognition Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 17, to be followed by Washington University's all-university Commencement on Friday, May 18, 2018. 

Tickets are not required for either ceremony.

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

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Brown School Recognition Ceremony
Field House, Athletics Complex

6:30 p.m.  Doors open to the Field House at the Athletic Complex
6:45 p.m.  All degree candidates must be at the designated assembly point in the lower level of the Athletic Complex
7:30 - 9 p.m.  Brown School 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 7:30 p.m. CT on May 17.

Friday, May 18, 2018

All-University Commencement Ceremony
Brookings Quadrangle, Washington University Danforth Campus

8:00 a.m.  All degree candidates must be at the designated assembly point, Wilson Hall
8:30 - 10:45 a.m.  All-University Commencement Ceremony

Comprehensive information about this ceremony is available at

Although tickets are not required, seating in Brookings Quadrangle is limited. 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 on May 18 at

Brown School Diploma Distribution & Reception
Hillman Hall, Clark-Fox Forum

Immediately following the all-university commencement, the Brown School will host a celebratory reception for our graduates and their guests. Light refreshments will be available, and graduates will pick up their diplomas and drop off their regalia.

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.

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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 March 15 through the Washington University bookstore. 

Pickup is available May 14-17 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, no later than May 20. (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, assemble in the hallway outside of the Field House (lower level of the Athletic Complex) by 6:45 p.m.

For the all-university commencement, assemble at Wilson Hall by 8 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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