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Commencement 2023

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Washington University
Commencement Ceremonies
May 12 & 15, 2023


2023 Graduate: Alexandra Zdonczyk

Ophthalmology, health-equity advocacy and all things St. Louis. Alexandra Zdonczyk developed these passions as a WashU undergraduate and medical student. After earning her medical degree and a master of science in clinical investigation this May, Zdonczyk will begin her residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis while advocating for health equities in vision.

Read Alexandra’s story

School of Medicine 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 will be held on Friday, May 12 and Monday, May 15, 2023.

Ceremonies are listed below by academic program and are not in chronological order. Tickets are not required for outdoor ceremonies, which are rain or shine events. All times are Central Time (CT).


All graduates

MONDAY, MAY 15, 2023

9 a.m. Francis Olympic Field – Danforth Campus
All-University Commencement
Livestream and ceremony details »

Keynote speaker: Sterling K. Brown, St. Louis native and award-winning actor and producer

Doctor of Medicine

MONDAY, MAY 15, 2023

3 p.m. Francis Olympic Field – Danforth Camps
Commencement Recognition Ceremony
MD livestream and ceremony details »

Keynote speaker: Anthony S. Fauci, MD, recently retired director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and medical adviser to seven U.S. presidents

MD program website »

Audiology & Communication Sciences

MONDAY, MAY 15, 2023

2 p.m. Eric P. Newman Education Center – Medical Campus
Commencement Recognition Ceremony
PACS livestream and ceremony details »

Program in Audiology & Communication Sciences (PACS) website »

Biology & Biomedical Sciences

FRIDAY MAY 12, 2023

9:30 a.m. The 560 Music Center – 560 Trinity Ave.
DBBS Hooding & Recognition Ceremony
In honor of its 50th anniversary, the Roy and Diana Vagelos Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) will be hosting the division’s first hooding ceremony as part of the university’s commencement celebrations.
DBBS livestream and ceremony information »

Speaker: Barbara Schaal, PhD, professor of biology and Mary-Dell Chilton Distinguished Professor in Arts & Sciences

Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) website »

Joint Master’s Programs

Ceremony for graduates of master’s programs in Applied Health Behavior Research, Biomedical Informatics, Biostatistics and Data Science, Biostatistics, Clinical Investigation, Genetic Counseling, Medical Physics, Population Health Sciences & TL1

FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2023

4 p.m. Eric P. Newman Education Center – Medical Campus
Joint Recognition Ceremony

Speaker: LJ Punch, MD, medical director of Bullet Related Injury Clinic, executive director of “The T” and surgeon

Institute for Informatics, Data Science & Biostatistics website »
Master of Science in Applied Health Behavior Research (AHBR) website »
Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) website »
Master of Science in Genetic Counseling (MSGC) website »
Master of Science in Medical Physics (MSMP) website »
Master of Population Health Sciences (MPHS) website »

Occupational Therapy

MONDAY, MAY 15, 2023

1 p.m. Graham Chapel – Danforth Campus
Diploma Ceremony
OT livestream and ceremony details »

Commencement speaker: Brittany Conners, OTD, OTR/L, founder of Optimistic Theory

Program in Occupational Therapy (OT) website »

Physical Therapy

MONDAY, MAY 15, 2023

1:30 p.m. Khorassan Ballroom, The Chase Park Plaza (off campus)
Diploma Distribution & Hooding Ceremony
PT livestream and ceremony details »

Program in Physical Therapy (PT) website »