Commencement 2021
May 20–21, 2021

Details about commencement ceremonies will be confirmed as we continue to monitor COVID-19 safety recommendations and public health conditions. Please check this website periodically for all event updates.

Please review the Planning Guide for Spring 2021 Graduates and if you are not already subscribed, please sign up for email updates from the Commencement Office.

For the university’s ongoing COVID-19 response and frequently asked questions, visit the WashU Together website.

Class of 2021 Calendar of Events

Each ceremony will be streamed live on the home page. Once playbacks are available, they will be posted on the livestream recordings page.

Thursday, May 20, 2021 
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.McKelvey School of Engineering
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.School of Law
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.Olin Business School
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.Brown School + Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Friday, May 21, 2021 
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.Arts & Sciences Ceremony 1 (alpha A-K)**
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Arts & Sciences Ceremony 2 (alpha L-Z)**
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. The Graduate School (Graduate and PhD students) + University College
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.School of Medicine
 *Dates and times are subject to modifications should COVID conditions and restrictions change.
**If you fall into one of the ceremonies that will be assigned by last name, based upon registration data, your ceremony may shift. 

Download the commencement campus map (PDF)

Celebrating our graduates

Commencement Photos

Photos from the 2021 ceremonies are available for viewing and downloading.

Social stickers


Special messages for the Class of 2021

From your families
From your WashU family


Download a PDF with the full collection of printable #WashU21 signs below.

Zoom backgrounds

We hope these Zoom backgrounds will help in making your #WashU21 virtual parties a bit more festive. Click the images to download .png files. Also, you may select from the full WashU collection below.