Last Friday was Commencement!! The ceremony started out at an early 8:30 in the morning with friends and family of all WashU graduates in the quad. Then as the faculty who were dressed in green ceremonial gowns with traditional black graduate caps marched into the quad to the tune of Pomp and Circumstance (the graduation song), everyone took their seat and was quiet. Then the graduates came in, each following the flag of their school: College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering etc. Chancellor Wrighton opened with a speech and presented the creator of Mother Goose and Grimm (Mike Peters, an alum of WashU) gave an inspirational speech to the graduates where he encouraged us all to be Superman. Honorary degrees were presented and then the president of the senior class gave a speech.about embracing change (a scary but necessary task!) After the selected marshals for each school walked to the stage to receive their diplomas and candidates from each school rose in acknowledgement of their (now-completed) degree. Chancellor Wrighton conferred each degree as the candidates from the school and class rose and cheered and celebrated!! the graduate class of 1962 was also commemorated for their 50 year anniversary of graduation. Finally Chancellor Wrighton closed with a celebratory and inspirational speech and the all removed their caps to sing WashU Alma Mater song, and each school exited the quad to continue their celebrations either with friends and family at a reception or in an individual ceremony elsewhere on campus. It was truly a happy and wonderful and also scary (in 1 year, that will be me!) event.
WashU has provided a link to the video of the ceremony and of course, below are pictures!
his “Superman” speech!
The Graduates of 2012
The Quad, full of celebration