Ceremonies & Reception
Washington University Commencement is held on a Friday in mid-May each year. The Doctor of Medicine program kicks off the celebration the previous night with a reception for graduates and their families and guests.
Guests visiting from out of town are encouraged to reserve travel and lodging accommodations early, ideally in the fall.
Thursday, May 16, 2019
The graduating class, their family, and guests are invited to attend a reception held the evening before Commencement on the School of Medicine campus.
5 – 7 p.m. | Farrell Learning and Teaching Center (FLTC) Atrium
Reception Location and Parking Information
Light appetizers and drinks will be served.
Friday, May 17, 2019: Commencement day
MD graduates attend the all-university ceremony Friday morning on the Danforth Campus, as well as a separate Commencement Recognition Ceremony, at which each MD candidate is recognized, later that afternoon in downtown St. Louis.
There is no limit to the number of guests you may invite to either ceremony, though severe weather may limit attendance for some guests at the all-university ceremony.
A reception, hosted by the Washington University Medical Center Alumni Association, follows the MD Recognition Ceremony. While the reception will conclude Commencement events, graduates and families may wish to plan their own festivities and make reservations for that evening.
All-University Commencement Ceremony
8:30 a.m. | Brookings Quadrangle, Danforth Campus
Danforth ceremony location and parking information »
Graduates must be at the designated assembly point by 8 a.m. For details, please visit the University Commencement site. A livestream video of this event will be available on the day of Commencement.
MD Commencement Recognition Ceremony
3 p.m. | Ferrara Theater, America’s Center (downtown St. Louis)
MD ceremony location and parking information »
Doors will open at 2:15 p.m.; graduates should go to Room 103 and Faculty to Room 106. A livestream video of this event will be available on the day of Commencement.
Reception immediately following, Washington Lobby, America’s Center