College of Arts & Sciences Recognition Ceremony

Recognizing Our Graduates 

Every May, graduating seniors are joined by their friends, family, faculty, and peers in a heartfelt celebration of achievement. 

The next Arts & Sciences Recognition Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 14, 2023, at 8:30 a.m. on Francis Olympic Field. At this ceremony, each graduate will be recognized by name.  On Monday, May 15, the university-wide Commencement will be held on Francis Olympic Field at 9 a.m., and the graduates will be recognized by school. 

To watch a livesteam of the Arts & Sciences Recognition Ceremony, and to join in celebrating the Class of 2023, please visit the Arts & Sciences Graduation website

Commencement Ceremonies

Student crosses the stage at the A&S recognition ceremony on Francis Field

Arts & Sciences Recognition Ceremony

At the Arts & Sciences Recognition Ceremony on Sunday, May 14 at 8:30 a.m. the College deans and faculty recognize individually those students who are earning the A.B. degree, and they will have the chance to cross the stage as their name is announced. Students should file their intent to graduate through WebSTAC to "register" for the ceremony.

More details on the Arts & Sciences Recognition Ceremony
A&S graduates celebrate at the University-wide Commencement ceremony

University-wide Commencement Ceremony

On Monday, May 15th, the university-wide Commencement Ceremony will take place. Commencement includes graduates of all schools and recognizes Arts & Sciences undergraduate and graduate students collectively. Students should register to participate in the university-wide ceremony with the Commencement Office on their website (linked below).

More details on the University-Wide Commencement Ceremony

Photos of 2023 Ceremony Participants

You should have received an email from the photographers at Grad Team with a link to your photos. If you have not received an email with your proofs, please visit the WashU page of the Grad Team website and search by last name and/or click on the “Browse all proofs… (My name is not listed.)”.

WashU Grad Team Website

About the Recognition Ceremony


The College will hold its Recognition Ceremony in historic Francis Olympic Field, which will also serve as the the site for the university-wide Commencement ceremony. This is a rain or shine event.

Alternate Viewing Options

The ceremony will be streamed live to Seigle Hall Room L006 and may also be viewed off campus. The live stream link is available on our Arts & Sciences Graduation website.


General information, including accessibility maps and information about buildings on campus can be found on our Facilities website.

For those needing to drop off guests with accessibility needs, please enter via Forsyth Boulevard and northbound Wallace Drive and follow the posted signage to the designated drop-off location. 

Accessible parking is available to those displaying a state-issued accessible placard or license plate in the Danforth University Center Garage (DUC) (200). Accessible parking in the DUC Garage may only be accessed via Wallace Drive and Forsyth Boulevard.

Accessible seating

Entrances into Francis Olympic Field are accessible. Once inside the field, ushers are available to assist with seating.

Accessibility maps and information about buildings on campus can be found on our Facilities website.

Sign language

An American Sign Language interpreter will be present during Commencement and during individual recognition ceremonies.

Wheelchair reservations

We have a limited number of wheelchairs available for the Arts & Sciences Recognition ceremony. Reservations must be made by Monday, May 8. Please note, wheelchairs for the University-wide Commencement ceremony on Monday, May 15 must be reserved seperately

Golf Carts

In order to meet the needs of guests requiring transportation assistance on the morning of the ceremony, we anticipate that golf carts will circulate around the interior of the Danforth Campus from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with limited service from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information on the golf cart pick-up locations and their route through campus, see this map.


Visitors may park in the following university parking garages: the East End (201), Millbrook, and Snow Way (202, 204). 

Guests are strongly encouraged to take a hotel shuttle, taxi, or ride-sharing service. Shuttles, Uber, Lyft, and taxi drivers may drop off guests in the lot south of Simon Hall (168). This lot is only accessible via Forsyth Boulevard and Wallace Drive. A secondary drop-off location will be directly in the designated pickup/drop-off area on the south side of Mallinckrodt (150).

Restroom & Water Locations

The closest restroom locations to the Arts & Sciences Recognition Ceremony are located in Seigle Hall (166), and Simon Hall (168). These buildings will remain open to the public throughout the day. Restrooms will also be available on Francis Olympic Field (131) but with limited capacity.

Washington University is committed to being a national leader in sustainability. Three refillable water stations will be located in close proximity to the ceremony: one on the east side of Francis Olympic Field, one on the west side of Francis Olympic Field, and one by the north entrance of Simon Hall. Please bring refillable water bottles and refill them at any of the aforementioned locations.

Additional Details

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 be streamed live on our graduation website. 

Celebrate Your Graduate 

Bear Necessities will have two booths set up at the Field House and on Mudd Field before the A&S Recongition ceremony for you to purchase flowers, gifts and more for the 2023 Commencement weekend! Bear Necessities is the non-profit store on campus, associated with the Women’s Society of Washington University. Proceeds from sales at the store and on the website go towards scholarships and student projects. You can also place your order in advance and pick up your order at one of their booths before the ceremony. 

For Inquiries

Please contact 314-935-6800 or