New! Policy Changes for 2024 Commencement!

WashU has implemented several policy changes for the safety and convenience of our community during the university ceremony as well as the school recognition ceremonies and events.


Tickets are now required for all school ceremonies. Schools will communicate and distribute tickets for their individual ceremonies directly to the graduates.

Bags and Bag Checks

Danforth Ceremony – Graduates may not bring any bags of any type onto Francis Olympic Field, or into the school ceremonies.

PACS Recognition Ceremony – We strongly encourage not to bring bags, if possible.

PACS Guests are strongly encouraged not to bring bags to our ceremony. The following types of bags are recommended, if possible, but not required:

  • Clear plastic bags (these are required on Danforth), not to exceed 14”x14”x4”. Clear bags will be available and free of charge in parking locations and at the ceremony entrances, for those who need them.
  • Small clutch-type wallets or purses not to exceed 4”x6”. Diaper bags are allowed for those with small children, but will be inspected.
  • Medically necessary equipment is permitted after inspection.
Prohibited Items

The following items are prohibited in all university and school ceremonies and events, and are subject to confiscation:

  • Air horns and other artificial noisemakers
  • Animals, except assistance animals
  • Banners or signs larger than 2’x3’ (no poles of any kind will be allowed)
  • Food and drink (except water)
  • Firearms and weapons
  • Laser lights
  • Balloons, glitter and confetti
  • Unmanned aircraft/drones

PACS Commencement Luncheon
Monday, May 13, 2024

EPNEC, Great Rooms A/B
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.(CDT)

PACS Commencement Recognition Ceremony
Monday, May 13, 2024

EPNEC, Main Auditorium
1:30 p.m. (CDT)

PACS Commencement Reception
Monday, May 13, 2024

EPNEC, Lobby
Reception to immediately follow the ceremony

Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC), 330 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110

PACS Commencement Luncheon

PACS will host a lunch honoring our Class of 2024 graduates. The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m., May 13, 2024, in the Eric P. Newman Center in Great Rooms A/B. A separate invite for RSVPs will be sent to our graduates, faculty, staff, and students.

PACS Recognition Ceremony

The Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences will recognize the graduating Class of 2024 during an in-person Commencement Recognition Ceremony that will be held at the Eric P. Newman Center in the Main Auditorium. The ceremony will begin on May 13, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. (CDT). Students, family, friends, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.

Tickets are not required. Seats are available first-come, first-served

The Procession

Candidates should march in alphabetical order by respective program.

  • By 12:30 p.m., all candidates must be at the assembly point designated by PACS to go over details and logistics.
  • The procession will begin at 1:30 p.m. sharp, led by the Director of the Programs and other PACS faculty.

The Ceremony

The program begins with the Commencement welcome by the Director of Audiology/Co-Program Director, followed by the presentation of degrees and hooding ceremony.

The Recession

  • All graduates will recess from the Main Auditorium following the PACS Directors.
  • Graduates should arrange to meet friends and relatives in the EPNEC lobby after photographs have been taken.
  • Graduates will return to the main auditorium for photographs (GRADUATES ONLY).
  • Family and friends should recess immediately following graduating students to the lobby.

The ceremony typically concludes no later than 2:30 p.m.

Reception immediately following the ceremony in the lobby of EPNEC.


Parking will be very limited on the Danforth and Medical School campuses during the Commencement Ceremonies; please take this into consideration when you are making your plans for the day.  You may wish to take MetroLink if you are able to.  Parking will be available in the Metro Garage down the street from EPNEC.  It is located at the corner of Taylor and Children’s place at 4560 Children’s Place.  You are requested to park on levels 6-7. 

Livestreaming information

We will be live-streaming the ceremony and invite students, faculty, staff, family, and friends to watch. Click on the Commencement image below to be directed to the PACS Recognition Ceremony, which will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. (CDT).

Livestreaming will start at 1:00 p.m. (CDT) with the ceremony beginning at 1:30 p.m.

The All-University Commencement Ceremony

The All-University Commencement Ceremony is separate from the PACS Recognition Ceremony. The university-wide ceremony celebrates all graduates from Washington University. The ceremony is scheduled for Monday, May 13, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. (CDT) in the Frances Olympic Field on the Danforth Campus.

Please visit the All-University Commencement website» for details.

PACS and All-University Ceremony FAQs

Help celebrate the Class of 2024 by sharing your tweets, photos, and videos using the university’s official commencement hashtag as well as PACS official hashtag: #WashU24 and #WASHUPACS

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