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.

Commencement 2021
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.


May 18-21, 2021
May 17-20, 2022
May 16-19, 2023