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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 Recognition Ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. on May 16, 2019.

Washington University's all-university Commencement is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on May 17, 2019. 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.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Brown School Recognition Ceremony
Athletic Complex, Danforth Campus

5:30 p.m.  Students expected to arrive at the Athletic Complex.
6:30 p.m.  Open seating for all guests.
7:00 p.m.  Students lined up for procession.
7:30 p.m.  Brown School Recognition Ceremony begins; faculty and students process.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Chancellor's Recognition Ceremony
Brookings Quadrangle

8:00 a.m.  All degree candidates must pick up their name card and line up at the designated assembly point.
8:30 a.m.  All-University Commencement Ceremony begins. 
10:00 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.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Brown School December Recognition Ceremony
*Details forthcoming*

Comprehensive information is available at


If candidates successfully complete all degree requirements, their degree will be officially conferred by the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees. Graduates can pick up their diplomas in Clark-Fox Forum, Hillman Hall immediately following commencement. Diplomas that are not picked up will be mailed in two weeks to the Diploma Mailing Address listed in WebStac. 

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. 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, Thursday, exit MetroLink at the University City/Big Bend Station. For 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 2019 Commencement Timeline & Details for comprehensive information on preparing for Commencement. (This document will be updated with new information on an ongoing basis)

Order Regalia

All graduates planning to walk in Commencement must order your regalia by March 31 through the Washington University bookstore. There will be a Graduation Fair in-store from February 19-22, to give students an opportunity to make selections.

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 Friday, May 24. (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 tam (hat) and 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. Information on these events will be updated on the commencement document (linked above).

Assembly Points & Procession Order

For the Brown School Recognition Ceremony, arrive at the Athletic Complex by 5:30 p.m.

For the all-university commencement, assemble at Brookings Quadrangle by 8:00 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 #BrownGrad19and #WashU19.