Washington University in St. Louis has canceled the Commencement ceremony on May 15, due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19.
We know that this decision is very disappointing for our graduates and their families. Rest assured that there will be an in-person Commencement ceremony to recognize our 2020 graduates’ accomplishments, and the chancellor has appointed a committee to determine when and how we can do that in a safe and responsible way.
Please watch for additional communications in the weeks to come related to a future celebration.
May 18–21, 2021
The university-wide Commencement Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 21, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. in Brookings Quadrangle.
School and additional recognition ceremonies will also take place before and after Commencement.
2021 Calendar of Events
In addition to the university-wide Commencement Ceremony (for all schools and degrees), students are recognized at smaller events planned as part of Commencement.
Families should plan to attend their student’s school events as well as the university-wide Commencement Ceremony. School events are smaller and may include students crossing the stage for individual recognition, unlike the large university ceremony.
For questions about school or program events, click the information below for additional details.
Arts & Sciences
College of Arts & Sciences
The Graduate School
Olin Business School
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design
College of Art and Graduate School of Art
McKelvey School of Engineering
School of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine Program
Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences
Program in Occupational Therapy
Program in Physical Therapy
Programs in Clinical Investigation, Population Health Sciences, and Applied Health Behavior Research
Affinity recognition ceremonies
May 18-21, 2021
May 17-20, 2022
May 16-19, 2023