2024 Commencement Ceremony

Brown School Recognition Ceremony

Commencment 2023

The Brown School Recognition Ceremony  will take place on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 3:30pm at the Athletic Complex Field House on the Danforth Campus. This ceremony is to honor Fall 2023 and Spring/Summer 2024 Brown School graduates and each degree candidate can cross the stage.

Graduates must register by April 15 to participate in the Brown School Recognition Ceremony. WashU regalia is required to participate, and must be reserved by March 31.

Registering for the Brown School Recognition Ceremony must be done through Marching Order. Those who completed an Intent to Graduate form for May 2024 graduation should have received an email from Marching Order regarding registration. Please follow the instructions to register.

If you did not receive an email from Marching Order and plan on participating as a graduate in the May 2024 Brown School Recognition Ceremony, please check your spam/junk folder first to make sure it did not get sent there. Still no email? Contact the Brown School Commencement Team. Summer 2024 graduates who have not filled out their ITG will need to contact the Brown School Commencement Team to have access to the Marching Order site.

The event will be live-streamed which will be shared here on this webpage. Only graduates who are in attendance and cross the stage will have their names announced during the ceremony.


  • Participating graduates will be asked to arrive to the Athletic Complex in WashU Regalia between 1:30-2:45 pm.
    Further details will be sent to graduates who register to participate.
  • No tickets for guests are needed at the Brown School Recognition Ceremony.
  • The estimated length for the Brown School Recognition Ceremony is 2 hours. 

All-University Commencement Ceremony and Commencement Festival

The all-university Commencement Ceremony will take place on Monday, May 13, 2024, at 9:00am on Francis Olympic Field. Commencement is a rain or shine event. Only in the event of severe weather, such as a forecast thunderstorm, will the event move indoors. Graduates from all the schools are allowed to attend the all-university Commencement. Family and guests are welcome.

Registration is required for all graduates planning on participating in the university wide Commencement. WashU regalia is required to participate.

Questions regarding the University-wide Commencement event should be directed to the Commencement Office at 314-935-5985, or visit the Commencement Website.

All-School Commencement Festival

Following the University-wide Commencement, the Chancellor will be hosting the Commencement festival for all WashU graduates and their friends and family. The celebration, including refreshments, games, photo opportunities, and live entertainment, will stretch from Mudd Field to Tisch Park. Click here to learn more.

Stay tuned for more information regarding a Brown School social event on this day.


Visitors may park in any area of the university parking lots and garages except for those designated as accessible parking or loading zones. For more information, be sure to look at Washington University’s Maps, Direction, and Parking website.

The best parking for access to the Athletic Complex will be in Snow Way Garage (enter off Big Bend at Snow Way) or the Millbrook Garage (enter off Forest Park Parkway). From the Snow Way Garage, you can go to the Athletic Complex from the top level by following the posted signs. 

The Danforth University Center Garage will be for accessible parking only.

Guests are strongly encouraged to take a hotel shuttle, taxi or rideshare service. Shuttles, Uber, Lyft and taxi drivers may drop off guests in Simon Hall lot (168). The lot may only be accessed via northbound Wallace off of Forsyth. To find this location, search for Simon Hall on our interactive map (D4 on the grid). A secondary drop-off location will be directly in the designated pick-up/drop-off area on the south side of Mallinckrodt (150) To find this location, search for Mallinckrodt on our interactive map (F5 on the grid).

If MetroLink is convenient to your hotel or home, it is recommended that you use it. Exit at the Skinker Station, located just east of the Brookings Hall parking lot, to attend the All-University Commencement Ceremony. Exit at the University City-Big Bend Station, at the corner of Forest Park Parkway and Big Bend Blvd., for a short walk to the Athletic Complex to attend the Brown School Recognition Ceremony. MetroLink information is available at http://www.metrostlouis.org/.

More information on visiting campus in May can be found here.


Accessible parking is available to those displaying a state issued accessible placard or license plate in the Danforth University Center Garage (DUC)(200).  Accessible parking in the DUC Garage may only be accessed via Forsyth Boulevard and northbound Wallace Drive.

For those needing to drop off guests with accessibility needs, please enter via Forsyth Boulevard and northbound Wallace Drive and follow the posted signage to the designated drop-off location.

Accessible Seating
Entrances into the Athletic Complex, Field House are accessible. Once inside, we will have marked several chairs on the floor level for accessible seating.

Sign Language
An American Sign Language interpreter will be present during Commencement and during individual recognition ceremonies.

Regalia and Photography

WashU Regalia is required to participate in all Commencement ceremonies. Order WashU Regalia from the Campus Store here. Regalia reservation deadline for University Commencement and the Brown School Recognition Ceremony in May is March 31, 2024. For questions, please contact the WashU Campus Store at 314-935-5500.

Photography will be provided by GradImages at the Brown School Recognition Ceremony. Individual portraits of each graduate will be taken as they cross the stage and after they exit the stage. These images will be available for purchase. More information to come.

Social Media

During Commencement, share your experiences on FacebookTwitter or Instagram using the hashtags #BrownGrad24 and #WashU24; we want to share your joy.

Diplomas and Transcripts

The Office of the University Registrar will coordinate your diploma shipment once your degree is conferred. Please pay careful attention to the information below to ensure delivery of your diploma.

Diplomas will be shipped to your Diploma Mailing Address in WebSTAC. If you do not have a Diploma Mailing Address listed, your diploma will be shipped to your Home Address listed in WebSTAC.

The university offers certified electronic diplomas to all graduates along with your paper credential. Your certified electronic diploma will be ordered on your behalf and will take approximately 1-2 weeks to arrive. Instructions on how to obtain and download your diploma will be sent to your @wustl.edu email address. Your paper diploma will arrive approximately 4-6 weeks after degree conferral, and you will receive notification once your diploma has been shipped. Any additional questions or comments should be sent to diplomaservices@wustl.edu along with your student ID number.

August and December Graduates

August graduates will be allowed to participate in the Brown School Recognition Ceremony in May of that year. December graduates will be invited to the Brown School Recognition Ceremony in May of the following year. Please contact commencement@brownschool.wustl.edu if you have questions.

August and December graduates will be invited to participate in the University December Ceremony of that year. Registration and further information will be provided on the Commencement Website


Please email the Brown School Commencement Team at commencement@brownschool.wustl.edu.