Olin Business School Graduation Recognition Ceremony – May Graduate Programs


The Graduate Programs Graduation Recognition Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 18, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. in the Athletic Complex, Field House. The Graduate keynote speaker for this event is TBD. The student speaker is TBD. A reception immediately follows in the Knight Hall Atrium.

Arrival and Seating
The ceremony will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m. Plan to arrive at the Athletic Complex no later than 2:30 p.m. For parking informatmion, click this link https://parking.wustl.edu/services/campus-events/commencement/ .

First, pick up your name card at the table in Sumers Gym elevated track. The card has three purposes: it shows your name as it will be read during the ceremony, your permanent email, and the mailing address where the photographer will send any photos that you may order. Please confirm the accuracy of your name and post-graduation address, noting any corrections. Be careful not to misplace your name card, as you will need it for the ceremony. See information for All Graduates.

You do not need to take a program, as one will be provided at your seat. Volunteers will direct you into line for the procession. You should plan to be in line by 2:45 p.m. There is no need for the line to be in alphabetical order, but we will separate the Specialized Masters, MBA, and PMBA students into three groups to process into the ceremony. The student marshals and award winners will lead the procession of graduates into the Field House. See Ceremony Map (*PDF 61K).

The Ceremony
After a brief welcome, the guest speaker will be introduced, he/she will then deliver the Olin commencement address. Next, your elected student speaker will then deliver his/her speech and then the Reid Teaching Awards will be presented. The student awards will be presented next. Students receiving awards should walk up to the stage to receive their award after their name has been called. Please use the stairs to your right as you are facing the stage. After receiving your award, continue to walk across the stage, exit on the left, and return to your seat.

Conferring of Degrees
A Row Monitor wearing a red lanyard will signal your row when it's time to stand and proceed to the stage. Graduate students will stand one row at a time, starting with the first row of Section One, and proceed to the steps at the right of the stage. Section One will graduate first, followed by Section Two. Please form an orderly line when approaching the stage to prevent blocking any guests' view of the stage, particularly those sitting on the lower bleacher seats.

As your turn approaches on the stage, hand your name card to David McKee, Sarah Miller, or Jan Snow so that Joe Fox can announce your name and degree(s). After your name has been read, walk to center stage to receive your diploma cover. Your picture will be taken at this time.

Proceed down the stairs on the left side of the stage. Turn right and stop in front of the flags. A photographer will take two photos of you holding your diploma cover. Finally, return to your seat by entering your row at the end opposite from where you exited.

Graduates are to remain seated until all degrees are awarded. The ceremony is complete when all stage participants and graduates have recessed from the gym.

After the Ceremony - Pick up Your Diploma
When the ceremony is complete, return to the graduate check-in table to pick up your actual diploma. Any diploma not collected at graduation will be held in the Student Records Office, Women's Building, Room 50. Diplomas that are not picked up in a timely fashion, will be mailed to the address listed on your Intent to Graduate form. Please plan to join us in the Knight Hall Atrium immediately following the ceremony for a reception.

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