2014-15 Commencement FAQ


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.

When the announcements arrive at the College, will they be automatically mailed to my home?

Yes, all announcements will be mailed to the address you designate.

Is it possible to purchase extra announcements?

Yes, you may go to the Herff-Jones Web site and order them. 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.


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


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

Washington University School of Medicine Barnes & Noble Bookstore.


Is it a requirement that I participate in the ceremony?

Yes, unless the Registrar’s Office has written permission from the Dean of the College.

How many tickets (wristbands) will I receive?

Each graduate will receive 13 guest wristbands and 1 graduate wristband.

Will my child need a wristband?

Children ages 2 and up will need a wristband to attend the commencement ceremony. Children under the age of 2 must sit on someone’s lap during the ceremony.

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

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)