2022 Commencement: Call for Honorary Degree and Commencement Speaker Nominations

An important part of commencement is the awarding of an honorary degree to a recipient who will be our commencement speaker. We are seeking suggestions for this honor for the 103rd Commencement ceremonies on May 14, 2022. We welcome these suggestions from our community. To submit a nomination, review the criteria and fill out the nomination form here.

2021 Virtual Ceremonies from Individual Schools and Colleges

The virtual commencement ceremonies include all of the pomp and circumstance of our traditional main ceremony. The event commences with a virtual flag ceremony followed by speeches from University leadership including Chancellor Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble and President Julian Z. Schuster.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the “Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century,” delivers the commencement address to our graduates. The chair of the Webster University board of trustees shares words of encouragement and the Alumni Association board president officially welcomes the class of 2021 into its global network of over


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Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts

School of Communications

School of Education

College of Arts & Sciences

Walker School of Business & Technology



Note about Graduate-Submitted Images

NOTE for GRADUATES WHO SUBMITTED IMAGES: An unfortunate error made by a vendor has prevented the University from sharing images submitted by graduates that were scheduled to be shown during the ceremonies. We share in your disappointment. We are moving forward with Commencement as a day for all graduates to celebrate their academic achievements with their family and friends. We will scroll all the graduates names on screen during Saturday’s ceremonies so that all of our new alumni are recognized.

Many inquired about an in-person ceremony. We are actively exploring the possibility of in-person ceremonies to be held during fall semester. 

Commencement Program

View and download (PDF) Webster University's 102nd Annual Commencement Ceremony Program. NOTE: This program includes descriptions of ceremonial traditions as well as the names of graduates who would have attended the St. Louis ceremony. However, the names of graduates from all campuses* scrolled on the screen as part of the virtual ceremony.

*Those who graduated between Aug ‘20 - March ‘21, and May ‘21 grads who submitted their petition to graduate by the deadline and who were approved by their academic department or academic affairs."


Ceremony Questions

Questions about commencement can be sent to commencement@webster.edu.  The phone number for inquiries is 314-246-8774.

*Academic information pertaining to Academic Honors is handled by your school/college. Transcript requests are handled through the Registrar.

**If you have regalia questions, please reach out to the bookstore.




Past Ceremonies

December Toast 2020
2020 Commencement
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