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As of 02/04/2022, May graduation ceremonies will be held in person. This is a continuously changing situation and we will continue to monitor developments closely. We will add new information to this website as details become available.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

The Undergraduate Graduation Recognition Ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. in the Athletic Complex, Field House. The Undergraduate keynote speaker and student speaker for this event are TBD. A reception immediately follows in the Knight Hall Atrium.

For clarification, there are two separate ceremonies. The first is Olin’s Undergraduate Graduation Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, May 19th. This ceremony is for Olin Business School graduates only highlighting student and faculty awards and honors. There is an elected student speaker and Olin students present Olin faculty with awards. Each degree candidate can cross the stage. The ceremony will be held in the Athletic Complex Field House (no tickets are needed) and will begin promptly at 4:30 p.m. There will be a reception in Knight Hall and Bauer Hall immediately following the ceremony for graduates and their guests.

The second event is the University-wide Commencement, which will be held on Friday, May 20th at 9:00 a.m. in the Francis Olympic Field, rain or shine. Questions regarding the University-wide Commencement event should be directed to the Commencement Office at 314-935-5985, or visit the Commencement Website at

If you have any questions about Olin’s graduation event, please contact


Registration – The deadline to register was April 23, 2022

Registration for attending your graduation ceremony has been CLOSED. If you did not register but will be attending graduation in person, please email


For Frequently Asked Questions, please click here. If your question is not listed, please contact your Program Office or email:

Regalia (Cap and Gown)


An important tradition of the graduation ceremony is the academic regalia. The deadline to reserve your regalia with the Campus Store is April 5, 2022. Click here to rent your regalia. If you have already rented your regalia for the Chancellor’s Commencement Ceremony, you may wear it for the Olin Graduation Recognition Ceremony as well.

  • Bachelor rental cost: $57 + tax
  • Master rental cost: $87 + tax
  • Doctoral rental cost: $90 + tax

You must return your regalia rental to the lower level of the bookstore after your ceremony. For questions, call the Campus Store customer service desk at 314-935-5606.


The registrar’s office will coordinate your diploma shipment once your degree is conferred by the Board of Trustees and Chancellor Martin.  Please pay careful attention to the information below to ensure the delivery of your diploma.

  • 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. 

You will NOT receive your diploma during the ceremony. 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 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 along with your student ID number.

Arrival and Seating

The ceremony will begin promptly at 4:30 p.m. Plan to arrive at the Athletic Complex no later than 4:00 p.m.

You MUST pick up your name card at the tables in the Athletic Complex, Sumers Gym elevated track on the day of the ceremony. You can do this beginning at 3:30 p.m. During this time, you’ll be asked to confirm the accuracy of your name and post-graduation address. The card has three important details:

  • A QR code that links to your pre-recorded name for the ceremony
  • Your permanent email address to receive graduation photos
  • Your diploma mailing address for the photographer to mail photos you may order

Please DO NOT BEND your name card. It will damage the QR code causing your pre-recorded name not to play. Please confirm the accuracy of your name and post-graduation address, noting any corrections. Be careful not to misplace your name card, you will need it during the ceremony.

You do not need to take a program, as one is provided at your seat. Volunteers will direct you into line for the procession. You should plan to be in line by 4:15 p.m. Degree candidates will not line up in alphabetical order but in two lines. The student marshal and award winners will lead the procession of graduates into the Field House. See Ceremony Map (*PDF 60K).

Order of Ceremony

  • Processional
  • Welcome – Dean Taylor
  • Keynote Speaker – Jason Wang – CEO of Xi’An Famous Foods, BSBA ’09
  • Student Speaker – Alec Gordon
  • Presentation of Faculty and Student Awards
  • Presentation of Candidates
  • Closing Remarks – Dean Taylor
  • Recessional

Presentation of Candidates

A Row Monitor wearing a red lanyard will signal your row when it’s time to stand and proceed to the stage. One row at a time starting with the first row of Section One, students will proceed to the steps on the left of the stage. The first row will be led by the Student Marshal. Section One will graduate first, followed by Section Two. Please form an orderly line to prevent blocking any guests’ view of the stage, particularly those sitting on the lower bleacher seats. See Ceremony Map (*PDF 60K).

As your turn approaches on the stage, hand your name card to Paige LaRose for your name to be announced. After your name has been read, walk to center stage. Your picture with the Dean will be taken at this time. Your name and degree(s) will be shown on the large screen during this time.

Proceed down the stairs on the opposite side of the stage. A photographer will take two photos of you holding a diploma cover. Finally, return to your seat by entering your row at the end opposite where you exited. You will not keep the diploma cover used in photographs. Your diploma cover will be mailed with your degree certificate.

Graduates are to remain seated until all degrees are awarded. Once Dean Taylor ends the ceremony, please rise when Pomp and Circumstance begins and remain standing at your seat until all of the stage participants have passed. You will recess out following the stage participants, beginning with the front row, and continuing until all graduate seats are empty. The ceremony is complete when all stage participants and graduates have recessed from the gym.

After the Ceremony

When the ceremony is finished, recess out of the Field House and join your family at the reception in the Knight Hall Atrium.

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Parking can be challenging on Commencement Day. Visitors may park in any area of the university parking lots and garages except for those designated as accessible parking or loading zones. For more information be sure to look at Washington University’s Maps, Direction, and Parking website.

The best parking for access to the Olin Graduation Ceremonies will be in the Snow Way Garage (enter off Big Bend at Snow Way) or the Millbrook Garage (enter off Forest Park Parkway). From the Snow Way Garage, you can easily walk to the Athletic Complex from the top level by following the posted signs. MetroLink, the St. Louis light rail system, is an alternative to driving to the University. If MetroLink is convenient to your hotel or home, it is recommended that you use it. Exit at the Skinker Station, which is located just east of the Brookings Hall parking lot to attend the All-University Commencement Ceremony. Exit at the University City-Big Bend Station, which is at the corner of Forest Park Parkway and Big Bend Blvd., for a short walk to the Athletic Complex to attend the Olin Graduation Recognition Ceremony. MetroLink information is available at

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