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2024 Commencement Ceremonies

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Commencement Ceremonies
May 10 – 13, 2024


Class Acts 2024: Caellagh Catley

“I chose to go into medicine because I want to help people,” says MD Class of 2024 graduate Caellagh Catley. “But I can’t conscientiously do that without considering how the environmental impact of my work may harm others.” Among Catley’s research projects as a WashU Medicine student was work that reduced carbon emissions of the hospital’s operating rooms by over 60%.

Read Caellagh’s story

School of Medicine Commencement schedule

In addition to the university-wide 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.

Tickets & Event Policies

Tickets are required for all school ceremonies. Programs will communicate and distribute tickets for their individual ceremonies directly to the graduates. Guests are strongly encouraged not to bring bags. Please see the WashU Commencement website for all event policies.

Ceremonies are listed below by academic program and are not in chronological order. All times are Central Time (CT). Outdoor ceremonies are rain or shine events.


All Graduates

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2024

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

Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Coolidge, award-winning actor known for her numerous iconic roles in film and on television; Coolidge will receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts during the ceremony

Doctor of Medicine

SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2024

4 p.m. The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis
Commencement Recognition Ceremony
MD livestream and ceremony details »

Keynote Speaker: Dean-David Schillinger, MD, primary care physician, scientist, author and public health advocate widely recognized as an expert in health communication and for work related to improving the health of marginalized populations

MD program website »

Audiology & Communication Sciences

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2024

1:30 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 10, 2024

9:30 a.m. The 560 Music Center – 560 Trinity Ave.
DBBS Hooding & Recognition Ceremony
DBBS livestream and ceremony details »

Keynote Speaker: Vipula “Vi” Shukla, PhD, senior program officer for agriculture at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; advocate for plant and agricultural science, and champion of the idea that science and technology have the power to change people’s lives for the better

Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) website »

Joint Master’s Programs

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2024

4 p.m. Eric P. Newman Education Center – Medical Campus
Joint Recognition Ceremony
Joint Master’s Programs ceremony program (PDF) »

Keynote Speaker: Matifadza Hlatshwayo Davis, MD, MPH, director of health for City of St. Louis, and internationally recognized infectious diseases physician and expert on public health and health equity

Programs in Applied Health Behavior Research, Data Science and Biostatistics, Clinical Investigation, Genetic Counseling, Medical Physics, Population Health Sciences, and Predoctoral Clinical Research (TL1)

Occupational Therapy

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2024

1 p.m. Sheldon Concert Hall
Diploma Ceremony
OT ceremony details »

Keynote Speaker: Ian Rice, PhD, MS OT, Director of Diversity Equity Inclusion / Special Projects, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign

Program in Occupational Therapy (OT) website »

Physical Therapy

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2024

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

Faculty Speaker: Suzanne L. Cornbleet, PT, DPT, associate professor of physical therapy and of orthopaedic surgery, Washington University School of Medicine

Program in Physical Therapy (PT) website »