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 14, 2020

The graduating class, their family, and guests are invited to attend a reception held the evening before Commencement on the School of Medicine campus.

Pre-Commencement Reception
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 15, 2020: 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 and faculty should go to Room 260. A livestream video of this event will be available on the day of Commencement.

        Reception immediately following, Atrium, America’s Center


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