Commencement 2013 | Webster University

Commencement 2013

The Webster Groves Campus Commencement Ceremony will be held on May 11, 2013.

The 94th Annual Commencement Ceremony honoring all 2012 – 2013 graduates from August, October and December 2012 and March and May 2013 will be held Saturday, May 11, 2013 at The Muny in Forest Park. The schedule of Commencement activities is below. Graduates, please allow plenty of time (30 – 60 minutes) for parking and check-in.

This year's Commencement speaker is two-time Tony Award-winner Norbert Leo Butz.

Map of the Muny

Extended Campus Graduate Breakfast

Orthwein Hall: 8 a.m.

Main Commencement Ceremony

Procession of Graduates, Faculty, Administration, Board of Trustees and Honored Guests
Main Muny Theatre: 9:30 a.m. (Guests: Please be seated by 9:15 a.m.)
General Ceremony
The Muny: 10 a.m.
This ceremony features all the pomp and circumstance of the traditional Commencement ceremony, the parade of international flags, formal addresses from the University administration, the conferral of honorary doctoral degrees, the Commencement speaker and much more.

Individual School and College Ceremonies

School of Education
West Pavilion: 8:30 a.m.
College of Arts & Sciences
Theatre Drive Stage: 8:30 a.m.
Walker School of Business & Technology: Undergraduate
Upper Muny Parking Lot: 8:30 a.m.
Walker School of Business & Technology: Graduate
The Muny Main Theatre: 11:15 a.m. (approximately)
Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts
West Pavilion: 11:15 a.m. (approximately)
School of Communications
Theatre Drive Stage: 11:15 a.m. (approximately)
Theatre Drive Stage is located in front of the Muny Box Office on the lower level. West Pavilion is located on the grounds west of the Muny Theatre.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time do graduates need to arrive?

Each school/college has its own ceremony where the graduates will go on stage and have their photo taken.  Some of these are happening before the main Commencement ceremony and some others are happening afterwards.

If you are graduating from the School of Education, the College of Arts & Sciences and the Walker School of Business & Technology (Undergraduate), you will have an individual ceremony beginning at 8:30 a.m. Please check in by 7:30 a.m.

If you are graduating from the Walker School of Business & Technology (Graduate), Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts or the School of Communications, you should check in by 9 a.m. since your individual ceremony will be held immediately following the main ceremony (roughly 11:15 a.m.).

The procession before the main Commencement ceremony begins at 9:30. Guests should be seated by 9:15 a.m.

Where do I check in?

Each school and college has its own check-in at The Muny. Please take a look at this map to see where your check-in is located.

Where do I get my cap and gown?

St. Louis area graduates may purchase caps and gowns at the University Bookstore until May 10.  If you are located outside of the St. Louis area, please visit the Jostens website.

What side does the tassel go on?

The tassel should go on the right side of your cap until after you have graduated and then it can be moved to the left.

Do my family and friends need tickets to attend?

Tickets are not needed to attend the ceremony.  Please make sure that your guests know which school/college you are graduating from and let them know what time your individual ceremony is being held.

Is there assigned seating?

There is no assigned seating at the ceremony.  This map shows where each of the schools/colleges will be sitting during the main Commencement ceremony.  You may want to share this map with your guests so that they can more easily find your school/college after the main ceremony.

Do I have to go to both ceremonies?

We encourage everyone to attend both ceremonies.  For the main ceremony you will have the chance to take part in the procession with the rest of the students in your graduating class.  The main ceremony features all of the pomp and circumstance of the traditional Commencement ceremony: the parade of international flags, formal addresses from the University administration, the conferral of honorary doctoral degrees and the Commencement speaker.

The individual ceremonies are more intimate and will give you an opportunity to go up on stage and have photos taken.

What if family and friends can't make it to the ceremony?

The main ceremony will be streaming live online on the Commencement section of the website.

Do I get my diploma at Commencement?

Your official diploma will be mailed to you in 8-10 weeks.  Webster University will send it to the address that we have on file.  If you know that you will be moving or if you would like to change your address, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 314-968-7450.

Please remember that diplomas and transcripts are held if you have any outstanding balances on your account.

Will I be able to get a photo taken?

Your guests will have an opportunity to take photos during the individual ceremonies.  Also, Classic Photography will take a photo of each graduate as he/she walks across the stage at their school or college ceremony. A few days after Commencement, Classic Photography will send an email to each graduate with instructions on how to view his/her photo on their website,, and how to purchase copies.

What if it rains?

Webster University has a rain plan in place for the Commencement. Please check Webster's website, Facebook page or Twitter account for updates.  Any announcements will also come through Webster's text alert system.  If you are not already signed up to receive text alerts, please visit this link.

Additional information on our Commencement is located here on the website.