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May 2022 Commencement Ceremony


Brown School Commencement Ceremony

The Brown School Ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 19th at 7:30 pm at the Field House. Participating students should plan to arrive at 6:30 pm in WashU regalia. Family and guests are welcome at the Brown School Ceremony.

If you missed the ceremony, a recording of the celebration is available on YouTube

All-University Commencement Ceremony and Commencement Festival

The all-university Commencement Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 20th at 9:00 am on Francis Olympic Field. If it rains, the Ceremony is held outdoors. Only in the event of severe weather, such as a forecast thunderstorm, will the event move indoors. Registration is required for all graduates planning on participating in the university wide Commencement. To register, fill out the Commencement Ceremony Student Registration form. WashU regalia is required to participate.

Graduates from all the schools are allowed to attend the all-university Commencement. Family and guests are welcome.

An all-university Commencement Festival will immediately follow the ceremony. The celebration, including refreshments, games, photo opportunities, and live entertainment, will stretch from Mudd Field to Tisch Park.

Brown School Reception

After attending the All-University Commencement Festival, Brown School graduates and their families are invited to mix and mingle with faculty, staff and fellow graduates over light refreshments in the Clark-Fox Forum in Hillman Hall on Friday, May 20 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Commencement Speaker

BJJ Headshot 5044 CROP.jpg Bethany Johnson-Javois, MSW '02, President and CEO of Deaconess Foundation will be the featured speaker for the Brown School Recognition Ceremony. Johnson-Javois is a health and racial justice advocate dedicated to the advancement of child well-being in St. Louis. In 2015, Johnson-Javois was named the Managing Director for the Ferguson Commission. After a comprehensive study that included extensive community engagement, the Commission published an unflinching report of its findings and 189 calls to action that charted a new path toward healing and positive change for the residents of the St. Louis region.

Student Speaker

MSW candidate Brandon Noel , has been selected to be the student speaker at the Brown School Recognition Ceremony. Noel is from a small city called Martinsville, Virginia. After graduating high school, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served on active duty from 2007 to 2015. His passion is to open a space for a means to happiness through clinical therapy work.

Faculty Marshal

Leopoldo J. Cabassa, professor at the Brown School, co-director of the Center for Mental Health Services Research and director of the PhD program in social work, will be the faculty marshal.

Student Marshals

Brown School Student Marshals are tasked with carrying the degree banners and leading their respective classes into the Brown School Commencement Ceremony.

Meet the Brown School Student Marshals, Class of 2022:

  • Master of Social Work Marshal: Vivian Talamantes
  • Master of Public Health Marshal: Odalis Hernandez
  • Master of Social Policy: Dawen Gao
  • Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health Dual-Degree Marshal: Ebuwa Evbuoma-Fike

Directions and Parking

We recommend parking in one of the garages closest to the Field House for the Brown School ceremony. Attendees can also use car services or public transit. Learn more on our directions page.

Social Media

Don't forget to tag special moments on FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #BrownGrad22 and #WashU22 ; we want to share your joy.

Diplomas and Transcripts

Candidates who successfully complete all degree requirements will have degrees officially conferred by the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees on Friday, May 20, 2022. Diplomas will be mailed to the Diploma Mailing Address listed in WebStac. The Office of the Registrar will send out regular updates via email.


Please email the Brown School Commencement Team at