The Chancellor’s Recognition Ceremony for December Degree Candidates

Saturday, December 12th, 2020
Athletic Complex, Danforth Campus
10:00 a.m.

Reception Immediately Following

Tickets are not required. Seats are available first come, first served.

The Procession

Candidates should march in front of or behind the person with whom they wish to sit, not side by side.

  • By 9:00 a.m., all candidates must be in the Sumers Gym to pick up their name card and line up at the assembly point.  Please bring your student id when checking in.
  • The procession begins at 10:00 a.m. sharp.

The Ceremony

The program begins with a “Welcome” from Chancellor Martin, followed by the Speaker’s Remarks, and the Recognition of Candidates for Degrees.

  • Singing of “America the Beautiful” (candidates should remove caps).
  • The grand marshal will announce the names of each candidate as they walk across the stage to shake hands with Chancellor Martin.

The Recession

  • All candidates will recess from the Field House under the direction of the ceremony marshals.
  • Candidates should arrange to meet friends and relatives at the reception to alleviate crowding and enable a quick exit from the ceremony.

The ceremony typically concludes no later than 11:30 a.m.

Photography and video

Please note that individual pictures of each student will be taken as they cross the stage and will be available from professional photographers.

  • Out of consideration for others, please keep the front of the stage and pathways clear during the ceremony.

University photos and video of the December Recognition Ceremony will be posted on Widen and YouTube.

Online streaming and closed captioning

The December Recognition Ceremony will also be streamed online and accessible via the Commencement  homepage and will include live captions.


For guests needing wheelchairs, a limited number are available by reservation before
Nov. 27th.If you need further assistance you may contact Rosetta Saputo at 314-935-5669 or


Parking is available in the Snow Way parking garage (98) and the Danforth University Center underground parking garage (DUC) (94).  A drop off zone will be available on the surface lot east of the Athletic complex. This lot will also be reserved for those needing accessible parking. See Google Map.


Place your order today for a graduation bouquet. Flowers will be available for pickup on the morning of the ceremony. Don’t forget to order graduation announcements !

#WashU20 and email updates

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Returning for Commencement

All students graduating in December are invited to return to Commencement in May.

Sign up for Commencement communications updates for more information regarding May Commencement here.


If candidates successfully complete all degree requirements, their degree will be officially conferred by the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees in January.  Diplomas will be mailed at the end of January and may take several weeks to arrive.