Frequently Asked Questions


How many announcements will I receive?

Each graduate will receive 25 personalized announcements. Please do not confuse the number of announcements with the number of tickets (wristbands) that will be issued.

Do I need to pick up the announcements or will they be automatically mailed to my home?

All announcements will be mailed to the address you designate.

Is it possible to purchase extra announcements?

Yes, you may order additional announcements. You will need a major credit card.


What are the diploma dimensions?

8 ½ x 11 inches.


What is the fee for the cap, gown, announcements, and diploma?

A commencement fee was included in your fall bill. This fee takes care of your cap, gown, diploma, and 25 announcements.


Where do I order my cap, gown, and hood?

Which gown should I order, the doctorate or master’s gown?


What is the deadline to order my cap, gown, and hood?

March 21, 2016

Where do I pick up my cap, gown, and hood?

Washington University School of Medicine Barnes & Noble Bookstore.

Rehearsal and Recognition Ceremony

When is rehearsal?

Commencement rehearsal will take place on Friday, May 6 at 3 p.m. in the Academic and Research Building auditorium.

When is the Recognition Ceremony (commonly known as 'Reception')?

Friday, May 6, 4 p.m.
Event will include complimentary food, drinks, and entertainment
Graduates' families are welcome to attend.
Visit for event information and to RSVP.

Commencement Day

What time should I arrive and where do I go once I'm at the Peabody?

Graduates should arrive at the Peabody by 12:30 p.m. Please enter at the west entrance on Market and 15th. Then proceed to the Pepsi room for gowning (there will be attendants to guide you). Make sure your cap, gown, and tassel are with you. We will not have extras.

What time should guests arrive?

The main doors of the Peabody will open at 12:30 p.m. for guests and the auditorium will open at 1:00 p.m.

Where should I park?

A variety of parking options are available in the areas surrounding Peabody Opera House. For a detailed parking map, please visit


Is it a requirement that I participate in the ceremony?

Yes, unless the Registrar’s Office receives written permission from the Dean Canaday.

What is the cumulative grade point average needed to receive honors?

Honors are awarded as follows:

  • 3.20-3.49 Cum Laude (with honors)
  • 3.50-3.69 Magna cum Laude (with high honors)
  • 3.70-4.00 Summa cum Laude (with highest honors)
Where and when do I get my board applications and honor medals?

Board applications and honor medals will be available Monday April 18 in the Enrollment Services Office (1st floor ARB).