East End News

Commencement 2019: What to expect

A scene from Commencement at Washington University in St. Louis

The happiest day of the year is almost upon us. Here’s what you need to know about the east end during Commencement.

Photos/Brookings Steps

A view looking up the stairs in front of Brookings Hall on the campus of Washington University

It just wouldn’t be Commencement without joyful WashU grads snapping photos on the iconic Brookings Steps. Not to worry: the steps have been fully restored and are ready for the big day.


The new underground East End Parking Facility will be open for Commencement guest parking. Hours are 5:30am Thursday – 6pm Friday. Cars may enter from Forsyth on the south side of campus or from Forest Park Parkway on the north side of campus. The automated gate arms are not yet operational, but staff will be on hand to direct traffic and let visitors know when the garage is full. Elevators and stairwells will be open to take visitors to the ground level. There is no charge to park in the East End Parking Facility on either day. The facility will close after Commencement and officially open August 1.

Note: Parking on campus will be limited. Guests are strongly encouraged to take a hotel shuttle, taxi or rideshare service, if possible.
Hotel shuttles may drop off guests at McDonnell Hall (78).
Uber, Lyft and taxi drivers may drop off guests at Goldfarb Hall (50).

MetroLink light rail also is a convenient and reliable option. Exit MetroLink at the Skinker Station. Metrobuses will not be operating on campus on Friday.

Find more information on the Commencement website »

East End tours

Walking tours of the east end will take place at 12:30pm, on both Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17. Attendees will get a sneak peek of the new buildings and the Tisch Park ahead of move-in this summer. Tours will meet under the Brookings Hall Arch. Register here.

Congrats to the Class of 2019. We’ll see you there!