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Commencement 2018

Washington University
Commencement Ceremonies:

May 17 & 18, 2018

Congratulations, graduates!
See Commencement video, photos, tweets and more:
Celebrating the Class of 2018 »

Graduate profile: Michelle Mandiola Plá

Plá giving a woman a free health screening at a Hispanic grocery store in St. Louis

MD candidate says her Puerto Rican heritage pushed her to do things she wouldn’t have otherwise imagined.

Read how Plá is advocating to end health disparities »

2018 Commencement schedule

In addition to the all-university Commencement ceremony on the Danforth Campus, each academic program at the School of Medicine holds separate graduation ceremonies at which students receive their diplomas and individual recognition.

Ceremonies below are listed by academic program and are not in chronological order.

All graduates

FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018

All-University Commencement
8:30 a.m. Brookings Quadrangle (Danforth Campus)
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Keynote speaker: Anne-Marie Slaughter, foreign policy expert, scholar

Doctor of Medicine programs

THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018

Pre-Commencement Reception
5 – 7 p.m. Farrell Learning and Teaching Center (Medical Campus)
See reception details »

FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018

Commencement Recognition Ceremony
3 p.m. Ferrara Theater, America’s Center (off campus)
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Keynote speaker: Adil Haider, MD, trauma and acute care surgeon, director for Center for Surgery and Public Health at Harvard and Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Reception: Immediately following the ceremony
Washington Lobby, America’s Center

MD program website »

Audiology & Communication Sciences programs

FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018

Recognition Ceremony & Diploma Distribution
1 p.m. Eric P. Newman Education Center, main auditorium (Medical Campus)

Keynote speaker: Craig A. Buchman, MD, Lindburg Professor, head of the Department of Otolaryngology

Reception: Immediately following the ceremony

Program in Audiology & Communication Sciences website »

Biology & Biomedical Sciences programs


Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Hooding and Recognition Ceremony
Honorees include PhD candidates in the Division of Biology & Biomedical  Sciences
4 p.m. Varsity Gym, Athletics Complex (Danforth Campus)
Information for graduates »

FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018

Reception: 11 a.m., or immediately following all-university Commencement
Cupples II lawn (Danforth Campus)

Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences website »

Master’s programs: AHBR, MPHS & MSCI

THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018

Joint Recognition Ceremony
Recognizing graduates of master’s programs in Applied Health Behavior Research, Population Health Sciences and Clinical Investigation
4 p.m. Eric P. Newman Education Center, Great Room (Medical Campus)

Reception: Immediately following the ceremony

Clinical Research Training Center website »
Master of Population Health Sciences website »

Occupational Therapy programs

FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018

Reception: 11 a.m., or immediately following all-university Commencement
Holmes Lounge (Danforth Campus)

Diploma Ceremony
1 p.m. Graham Chapel (Danforth Campus)
See ceremony details »
Watch  livestream replay »

Keynote speaker: Bob Hansman, associate professor, Sam Fox School of Architecture

Program in Occupational Therapy website »

Physical Therapy programs

FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018

Reception: 11:30 a.m., or immediately following all-university Commencement
Lindell Ballroom, The Chase Park Plaza (off campus)

Diploma Distribution & Hooding Ceremony
1:30 p.m. Khorassan Ballroom, The Chase Park Plaza (off campus)

Keynote speaker: Donald Anthony Neumannn, PhD, professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Marquette University

Program in Physical Therapy website »