What is the difference between WashU’s Commencement and Olin’s Graduation Recognition Ceremony?

WashU’s Commencement is the annual University-wide ceremony hosted by Chancellor Martin to officially confer graduates degrees. Graduates do not cross the stage at this ceremony. For more information visit: https://commencement.wustl.edu/. Olin’s Graduation Recognition Ceremony is for Olin Business School graduates only highlighting student and faculty awards and honors. There is an elected student speaker and Olin student(s) present Olin faculty with awards. Each degree candidate can cross the stage. For more information visit: https://olingraduations.wustl.edu/.

Which ceremony should I attend? WashU Commencement or Olin’s Graduation Recognition Ceremony?

You can attend either or both. This decision is completely up to you. Both ceremonies require you to register to attend.

  • To register for WashU’s Commencement, click here.
  • To register to attend Olin’s Graduation Recognition Ceremony, click here. Select ‘new user’ and click ‘register’ and type in your email. You MUST use your WUSTL email to register. If you have already registered from the email sent out on March 7, 2022, you do not need to register again.
Why do I need to register to attend each ceremony?

Registration helps us plan for all aspects of the ceremony for example number of name cards, number of chairs, number of photographers, etc.

Why are there two different registration links?

There are two registration links because the ceremonies are different. WashU’s Commencement needs to plan for the number of chairs, photographers, a graduation gift for each graduate that attends, etc. Olin has a unique registration link to ensure accurate seating and, most importantly, the pronunciation of your name during the ceremony. Olin’s unique link will ask you to provide the phonetic pronunciation of your name and actually have you record your name so we can ensure it is pronounced as accurately as possible when you cross the stage.

Do I have to wear Regalia to attend graduation?

Yes, regalia is required for both WashU’s Commencement and the Olin Graduation Recognition Ceremony. Click here to reserve your regalia through the campus bookstore.

Why will academic honors not be included in the graduation ceremonies?

Many academic honors are calculated after all grading has been finalized which is on or just after the scheduled commencement festivities. The digital Olin program will be updated with these honors and posted on Olin’s graduation website as well as emailed to all graduates.

What if I did not register by the deadline, but would like to attend?

We encourage everyone to register before the deadline – Saturday, April 23rd for Olin’s Graduation Recognition Ceremony. If you did not register in time, send an email to Olin-Graduation@email.wustl.edu as soon as possible and include your SIS number, first name, last name, and degree. We will do our best to add you to the registration system.

What if I registered, but am no longer attending? Do I need to tell anyone?

If you are sure you will no longer be attending, send an email to let us know at Olin-Graduation@email.wustl.edu and include your SIS number, first name, last name, and degree.

Do my guests need to register for tickets?

Your guests do not need to register. Guests do not require tickets to attend.

What if I’m unable to attend the ceremony(ies) but would like to order regalia for pictures?

You can order regalia for pictures here. We recommend you contact the bookstore at 314-935-5606 for further questions about renting for photos only, pick up and return.

Where do I return my regalia after the ceremony has ended?

You return your regalia to the Danforth Bookstore in the lower-level coursebook area, Mallinckrodt Center. We recommend you contact the bookstore at 314-935-5606 for further questions.

If my peers are participating in a future ceremony, can I participate with them in addition to or instead of this ceremony?

Yes. We ask that you inform us of your plans to return by sending an email with your first name, last name, and SIS number to olin-graduation@email.wustl.edu.

I am studying remotely. How can I participate in and/or watch the ceremony?

You can view the livestream of the ceremony or watch a recording of the ceremony. Both are hosted on the home page of Olin’s Graduation website https://olingraduations.wustl.edu.

How will I receive my diploma?

The registrar’s office will coordinate your diploma shipment once your degree is conferred by the Board of Trustees and Chancellor Martin.

  • Diplomas will be shipped to your Diploma Mailing Address in WebSTAC. If you do not have a Diploma Mailing Address listed; your diploma will be shipped to your Home Address listed in WebSTAC.
  • Address changes made after Monday, May 16, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. CST will not be captured for diploma shipments.

The university offers certified electronic diplomas to all graduates along with your paper credential. Your certified electronic diploma will be ordered on your behalf and will take approximately 5-8 days to receive once diplomas are ordered. Instructions on how to obtain and download your diploma will be sent to your @wustl.edu email address. Your paper diploma will arrive approximately 2-4 weeks after degree conferral and you will receive notification once your diploma has been shipped. Any additional questions or comments should be sent to diplomaservices@wustl.edu along with your student ID number. Or visit the University Registrar’s website: https://registrar.wustl.edu.

My family cannot make it to the ceremony. Will it be livestreamed for them to watch?

You can view the livestream of the ceremony or watch a recording of the ceremony. Both are hosted on the home page of Olin’s Graduation website https://olingraduations.wustl.edu.

Will I receive my actual diploma during the ceremony?

No. The registrar’s office will coordinate your diploma shipment once your degree is conferred by the Board of Trustees and Chancellor Martin.

  • Diplomas will be shipped to your Diploma Mailing Address in WebSTAC. If you do not have a Diploma Mailing Address listed; your diploma will be shipped to your Home Address listed in WebSTAC.
  • Address changes made after Monday, May 16, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.CST will not be captured for diploma shipments.

The university offers certified electronic diplomas to all graduates along with your paper credential. Your certified electronic diploma will be ordered on your behalf and will take approximately 5-8 days to receive once diplomas are ordered. Instructions on how to obtain and download your diploma will be sent to your @wustl.edu email address. Your paper diploma will arrive approximately 2-4 weeks after degree conferral and you will receive notification once your diploma has been shipped. Any additional questions or comments should be sent to diplomaservices@wustl.edu along with your student ID number. Or visit the University Registrar’s website: https://registrar.wustl.edu.

Can my family sit with me at the ceremony?

No. All graduates sit together.

How do I sign-up a guest for mobility assistance?

Please click here to sign-up for mobility assistance for any upcoming Olin graduation ceremony. The events team will contact sign-ups a week before each ceremony.

Does the university provide wheelchairs for guests attending graduation ceremonies?

We have a limited number of wheelchairs available for WashU graduation festivities on Thursday, May 19, and Friday, May 20. Reservations must be made before May 2, 2022. If you need further assistance please contact the Commencement Office at Commencement@wustl.edu.

My question isn’t listed here. Where can I find the answer?

You can contact either your Program Office or email: olin-graduation@email.wustl.edu.

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