Washington University in St. Louis graduates holding Arts & Sciences flags.

Graduation Information for Students

Undergraduate Students

The College of Arts & Sciences will hold its Recognition Ceremony in historic Francis Olympic Field on Sunday, May 12 at 8:30 a.m. This is a rain or shine event. 

At the Arts & Sciences Recognition Ceremony undergraduate students will be called individually by name to process across the stage.

Students must declare their intent to graduate in May 2024 by Friday, December 22, 2023, in WebSTAC. Your intent to graduate will also serve as your "registration" to take part in the A&S Recognition Ceremony. If you have questions about filing an intent to graduate, please reach out to your four-year advisor.

Undergraduate students who have graduated in December 2023, and intend to graduate in August 2024 are generally able to participate in the May 2024 ceremony. Please e-mail artsci-asrecog@email.wustl.edu about participating.

If you have questions or accessibility concerns about the ceremony, please contact the College of Arts & Sciences at artsci-asrecog@email.wustl.edu

Graduate Students

The Arts & Sciences Hooding and Recognition Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 10, 2024, at 3 p.m. in Graham Chapel. The Hooding & Recognition Ceremony recognizes the accomplishments of those who have completed a PhD or master’s degree in departments and programs in Arts & Sciences. Students who have an expected graduation date on or before August 2024 are invited to participate.

Please complete this form no later March 31, 2024, to confirm your participation and reserve your regalia through the bookstore. Graduates may invite one faculty member to participate in the hooding ceremony (your hooder). You will need to enter your hooder's information in the registration form, if your faculty member is unable to participate in the hooding ceremony, the Office of Graduate Studies will have a faculty member at the ceremony to hood you. Graduating students may include their children during the hooding ceremony, please indicate this on the RSVP form so we can plan appropriately.

The Office of Graduate Studies will host a reception for students and their guests immediately after the Hooding & Recognition ceremony on Bowles Plaza. There will be light refreshments, beverage options, and a photo booth. Please plan to join us, if you are able. 

Additionally, due to space limitations in Graham Chapel, we are asking each graduate student to limit the amount of in-person guests at the ceremony to four (4) per graduate. We will livestream the ceremony in Wrighton Hall, Room 300, so if you have a large group of people planning to attend the ceremony we ask that you plan to have guests over the limit plan to watch from there. All guests are welcome to attend the reception following the ceremony. 

Please note that the Roy and Diana Vagelos Division of Biology and Biomedical Science (DBBS) will have a separate Hooding and Recognition ceremony on Friday, May 10 at 9:30 a.m. at the 560 Music Center. All graduating DBBS students should attend the DBBS Hooding ceremony, graduate students from all other A&S departments and programs should register and attend the hooding ceremony in Graham Chapel. 

If you have questions or accessibility concerns about the ceremony, please e-mail the Office of Graduate Studies at artscigrads@wustl.edu

Photos of Ceremony Participants

Joyful Washington University in St. Louis student shares a heartwarming hug with the degree awarder during the recognition ceremony, celebrating their achievement.

Undergraduate Students

Photos were taken of ceremony participants by GradImages. Once the photos are ready to view, GradImages will e-mail ceremony participants directly with a link to their photos. You can also search the GradImages website for your name with Washington University.

GradImages Website
Eager Washington University in St. Louis graduate student wearing a smile while being hooded during the ceremony in Graham Memorial Chapel, symbolizing their academic accomplishment.

Graduate Students

Kabance Photo Services took photographs of ceremony participants. Once the photos are ready to view, Kabance will e-mail ceremony participants directly with a link to their photos. You can also search the Kabance website. After clicking the link below and entering your email, select Graduate School, and then Commencement 2024 to browse photos from this year.

Kabance Photo


All students participating in any of the A&S graduation ceremonies or the all-university Commencement ceremony must wear regalia. You can order your regalia online from the campus bookstore. The deadline to reserve regalia is April 21, 2024.

Order Regalia through the Campus Bookstore

Line Up for A&S Ceremonies

Undergraduate Students

Students can begin checking in and lining up for the procession, in regalia, at 7:45 a.m., on Sunday, May 12. The procession to Francis Field will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. and you need to check in the Edison Family Courtyard (outside of the DUC) before the procession starts, so please make sure you are on time. After check-in you will line-up by department. Double majors can walk with whichever major they prefer. Please review the full list of where departments and programs will line up so that you can know where to go after checking in and receiving your card.

Students may not bring bags of any type onto Francis Olympic Field during the Arts & Sciences undergraduate ceremony or the all-university commencement ceremony.

Graduate Students

Students and hooders need to check-in and line-up, in regalia, in Holmes Lounge, by 2 p.m. on Friday, May 10. 

Faculty and Non-Student Ceremony Participants

Faculty members and any other non-student participants who are invited to participate in the A&S ceremonies will be communicated with about their participation via e-mail. Additional information about line-up and timing will be circulated via e-mail. 

All ceremony participants will need to wear regalia. Faculty members who do not own regalia can rent regalia through the campus bookstore. Additional information about regalia will be posted during the spring semester. The deadline to reserve regalia is April 21, 2024. 

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