Photos from the 2013 Commencement

Commencement Day - May 16, 2014

This page provides a timeline of events for Washington University School of Law Commencement Day on Friday, May 16, 2014.


University Ceremony - 8:30 a.m.

  • The ceremony is scheduled in the Brookings Quadrangle, rain or shine. At this ceremony, degrees are conferred by school. Tickets are not required unless the Severe Weather Plan is enacted.
  • University Assembly: 8:10 a.m. - graduates line up for the procession on the east side of Olin Library.
    Candidates should march in front of or behind the person with whom they wish to sit side by side (see seating chart). All graduates must be in regalia, hats on, carry hood.
  • University Procession: 8:30 a.m. The student divisions will follow the procession leaders according to the order shown on the Procession Order and Assembly Points chart.  (the law school is in the second group entering the quadrangle)
  • Former St. Louis Cardinals manager and Baseball Hall of Famer Tony La Russa will deliver the commencement address at the University Ceremony. Read about La Russa’s friendship with Dean Dan Keating, the Tyrrell Williams Professor of Law

Law School Recognition Ceremony - 11:30 a.m.

  • This ceremony is immediately following the University Ceremony under the tent on Mudd Field (east of Anheuser-Busch Hall). Tickets are not required unless the Severe Weather Plan is enacted.
  • Law Recognition Processional: begins approximately 11:15 a.m. (Mudd Field)
  • Law Recognition Ceremony: begins approximately 11:30 a.m. and lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours.

Special Message on Social Media at Law School Commencement 2014: Use #WUSTL14

The law school is supporting the university’s social media plan for Commencement 2014 to Build pride, Celebrate accomplishment, Foster and energize the university community, and Honor tradition across the university and the law school. To help, please use the hashtag #WUSTL14 in your social media posts as you share your special moments, thoughts, goodbyes, and thank-yous. You can also follow along at, which includes links to help you share news and photos of your big day on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Instagram.

Let’s Make Commencement 2014 “Zero Waste”!

The law school is also supporting the university’s commitment to have sustainable Commencement ceremonies and receptions. The goal: zero waste! Nearly all items from the ceremonies and receptions will be recyclable or compostable. Please help us achieve the goal of “zero waste” by looking for the Zero Waste Stations (both inside and outside) to deposit your items. The stations will be staffed to help ensure the item gets to the right bin—recycling, compost, or landfill. With your help, we can set the bar for sustainable commencements.

Law School Recognition Reception - approx. 12:30 p.m.

  • The reception is immediately following the ceremony in Anheuser-Busch Hall for graduates and guests. (No tickets are needed.)  You will find an array of appetizers and drinks (beer, wine, soda, water) to celebrate this momentous occasion with family and friends. Diplomas may be picked up in the Law Library Reading Room (no. 452) during the reception. 


Parking will be limited on the Danforth Campus during the commencement ceremonies. Please take this into consideration when you are making your plans for the day.

  • Click here for further information on parking on the campus.
  • Special Needs Parking - The university provides designated parking areas for those who are mobility-impaired across campus on Commencement day. However, because of the tremendous demand on university Parking Services’ resources, neither the university nor the Law School can meet individual requests from those with special parking needs. One option for families wishing to attend the Law School ceremony is to drop off guests with special needs in the circle off Snow Way outside the first floor of Anheuser-Busch Hall. Guests can then travel by elevator to the third floor, which provides access to Mudd Field. Please note that someone must stay with the vehicle at all times. After dropping-off guests, the vehicle must be relocated quickly to long-term parking. The closest handicapped parking for the law school will be the top level of Snow Way Garage, located just west of Anheuser-Busch Hall. The university does provide limited golf cart service from designated handicapped parking areas like the Snow Way Garage that day. While it is not possible to dedicate golf carts to individual schools, including the Law School, golf carts will also be available to transport individuals to Mudd Field and to a University stop if they wish to travel to the main ceremony. Unfortunately, golf carts are not able to pick passengers up after the university ceremony. As a result, it is best for families of those with special needs to provide their own transportation on Commencement day. Thirty wheelchairs are available for use at university Commencement and school ceremonies. They may be reserved by calling Rosetta Saputo, 314-935-5669.


  • University Commencement Website - information concerning the University Ceremony.
  • Watch University Commencement on the Web - Friends and family can join the celebration without traveling.
  • Special Needs Seating and Access - Information for those needing accommodations ahead of time for any guests or family members with special needs.
  • University Commencement Viewing Locations - Visitors who wish to remain indoors during Commencement can find closed circuit viewing.
  • Commencement water bottle notice - In observance of the Washington University commitment to decreasing the amount of bottled water on campus, we will not be placing bottles of water on chairs for Commencement. We will have limited amounts of bottled water available for our guests from around the world who may not be aware of our commitment to decreasing bottled water usage. Please consider bringing your own bottle of water if you feel you need it.


  • Photographs - Please note that individual pictures of each student at each of the school recognition ceremonies will be available from professional photographers. In addition, there will be a designated area where guests will be able to take photos.
  • Law School Commencement Program  (the program will be posted May 2014)
  • Special Needs Seating and Access - Information for those needing accommodations ahead of time for any guests or family members with special needs.
  • Severe Weather Plan - Information in the event of violent weather (not rain) which will necessitate a change in ceremony locations.
  • Return Regalia - Information on returning regalia.
  • Diploma Pickup - on the 4th floor northwest section of the Law Library

Questions? Contact

Jeanetta Nixon | Events Department | | 314.935.6551