1. Submit a Petition to Graduate

All students completing all degree requirements in May 2021 must fill out a Petition to Graduate.

Petitions are DUE ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2021.


Petition to Graduate Forms



Petitions will be routed to the correct staff member once form is completed and submitted.

NOTE: An e-mail confirming receipt of the petition will be sent upon submission.



2. Clear Business Office Accounts

Students who have completed all their academic requirements to graduate must clear their Student Business Office account balance prior to diploma and transcript release. Credit card payments are subject to a 2.75% convenience fee. Check payments have a holding period of ten days before release of transcripts. 

For more information, call the Business Office at 1-800-981-9803 or email bursar@webster.edu.



3. Complete Personal Graduation Slide

Students will receive an email and/or text message (if their phone numbers are on file) to fill out information that will be used to create a personal graduation slide. This will include a photo, quote, and correct pronunciation of their name. This information must be completed by April 19, or a generic slide will be used. A week or so prior to Commencement, we will again contact students with information on when their ceremony will be broadcast, how to view the ceremony, and how to share the link for viewing with friends and family.

If you are a student and have questions or did not receive an email and/or text message, please contact the office of Special Events at specialevents@webster.edu.



4. Purchase Your Cap and Gown

Saint Louis area graduates may purchase their caps and gowns at the University Bookstore.

Webster University Bookstore
554 Garden Avenue
Webster Groves, MO 63119
(314) 968-5936 or 888-467-5657

Or email Book Store Manager, Patti Crosswhite at pcrosswhite@follett.com.

Bookstore Hours
Monday–Thursday: 9 am–4 pm


For graduates outside of the Saint Louis area:

Visit the Webster University Jostens page and follow the instructions on the website to order a cap & gown and announcements for the ceremony in which you are participating. For any questions, call Jostens' Consumer Contact Center at 1-800-854-7464.




5. Refer to This Website

Be sure to check webster.edu/commencement for updates!



6. Celebrate!

Celebrate the completion of your Webster University degree (and the previous steps) at the 102nd Annual Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 8, 2021.


Student celebrating graduation




For questions concerning Petition to Graduate or Steps to Graduation, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs at (314) 246-6905 or email oacadaff@webster.edu.

For all questions related to Commencement ceremony logistics, please contact Special Events at (314) 246-6959 or caitlinforness85@webster.edu.


Commencement News