The College holds its Recognition Ceremony in the Brookings Quadrangle, a green space that also serves as the location for the All-University Commencement. If it rains, the Ceremony is held outdoors. Only in the event of severe weather, such as a forecast thunderstorm, will the event move indoors. Tickets are only required for the indoor location. For additional information regarding weather, please see the section entitled Weather Plan.
Alternate Viewing Options
For individuals sensitive to the elements, several nearby lecture halls offer closed-circuit viewing of the event:
- Brown Hall, Room 100
- Busch Hall, Room 100
- Laboratory Sciences, Room 300
- Edison Theatre
In addition, the ceremony is streamed live and may be viewed off campus.
Three entrances to the Quadrangle are ramped for wheelchair access including the entrances south and north of Ridgley Hall and between Duncker and Cupples I Halls. Once inside the Brookings Quadrangle, guests with special needs will be assisted by one of the ushers for proper seating.
Accessibility maps and information about buildings on campus can be found on our Facilities website.
Accessible parking is available in the Danforth University Center (DUC) Garage. Please be sure to bring your state parking tag or verification.
For guests needing wheelchairs, a limited number are available by reservation before April 30th. Wheelchairs are available for Thursday and Friday morning ceremonies only. If you need further assistance you may contact Rosetta Saputo at 314-935-5669 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wheelchair stations will be located at the North and South elevators on the first floor of the Danforth University Center (DUC). Wheelchair stations will be open from 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on both days. Wheelchairs will be picked up and dropped off at the same location and must be returned by 5:00 p.m.
An American Sign Language interpreter will be present during Commencement and during individual school ceremonies.
The College of Arts & Sciences Recognition Ceremony is moved from the Brookings Quadrangle to the Field House in the Athletic Complex if a weather-related situation prevails. The undergraduate ceremony will be held indoors if violent weather endangers the safety of graduates and guests or if inclement weather in the days leading up to the Ceremony destroys/threatens the grounds of the Brookings Quadrangle.
Seating is limited in the Field House. Each graduate will receive two tickets for guest seating inside the Field House. Additional guests may view the ceremony from a closed-circuit location in the Athletic Complex or from a closed-circuit location in the Athletic Complex or from the Arts & Sciences website. Graduates will receive their tickets and more information about the ceremony when they pick up their academic regalia in May.
The decision for implementing the Weather Plan will be made by Wednesday, May 13, at 5:00 p.m. and the decision will be posted on the College of Arts & Sciences home page (https://artsci.wustl.edu). A campus-wide e-mail notification will also be sent.
At this event, graduates will be recognized individually by major. A professional photographer photographs each graduate, and the proofs are emailed to students shortly after the ceremony. The Ceremony should conclude about 11:00 a.m. The event will also stream live on our website (link to come).
Friday, May 15, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.
All-University Commencement Ceremony
Commencement Website: https://commencement.wustl.edu
Friday, May 15, 2020 (approx. 11:00 a.m.)
Arts & Sciences Reception following the All-University Commencement
Lawn west of Olin Library entrance
Graduates may pick up their diplomas at the reception.
Please contact 314-935-6800 or email@example.com.