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Commencement Livestream

Saint Louis University's commencement ceremonies stream live on this page and on stream and be archived on Saint Louis University's YouTube channel. Ceremonies for specific SLU schools and college will also livestream and be archived on their associated Facebook pages. 

Congratulations, 2022 Graduates!

See the Full Schedule of Commencement Events

View SLU's YouTube Stream

May 2022 Commencement Schedule

Friday, May 13, 2022

12 p.m. (CET)
(1 hour, 30 minutes)

SLU-Madrid Museo Reina Sofía (tentative)


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

2 p.m.
(1 hour, 30 minutes)

School for Professional Studies College Church
Thursday, May 19, 2022
8 a.m.
(2 hours)
College for Public Health and Social Justice Chaifetz Arena
10 a.m.
(1 hour, 30 minutes)
School of Education College Church
11 a.m.
(1 hour, 30 minutes)
School of Nursing Chaifetz Arena
1:30 p.m.
(1 hour, 30 minutes)
School of Law Chaifetz Arena
4 p.m.
(1 hour, 30 minutes)
Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology Chaifetz Arena
6 p.m.
(1 hour, 15 minutes)
Baccalaureate Mass College Church
6 p.m.
(2 hours)
Sankofa Ceremony Anheuser Busch Auditorium  
7:30 p.m.
(1 hour)
Toast to the Class of 2022 Moved to Grand Dining Hall from Dolphin Pond  
Friday, May 20, 2022
8:30 a.m.
(1 hour, 30 minutes)
College of Arts and Sciences Chaifetz Arena
11:30 a.m.
(1 hour, 30 minutes)
School of Medicine Chaifetz Arena
2:30 p.m.
(1 hour, 30 minutes)
School of Business Chaifetz Arena
5 p.m.
(2 hours)
Doisy College of Health Sciences Chaifetz Arena
Saturday, May 21, 2022
9 a.m. University Commencement Ceremony Chaifetz Arena

Wondering About SLU's Academic Regalia?

The colorful attire worn by graduates, faculty, trustees and officers of the University has historic roots in the distant medieval past. Dressed in cap and gown, the graduates and their professors are part of a long tradition that dates back to Paris and Bologna, Italy, to Oxford and Cambridge, England, in the days of their Catholic glory.

Academic attire began to appear on U.S. campuses in the late 1890s. Since that time, its use has become universal for solemn university functions, and its pattern is highly uniform.


Look closely and you'll notice the style of gown varies:

  • Candidates for bachelor's degrees or those who have already received it that degree wear a yoked, closed-front garment with long pointed sleeves.
  • Master's degree candidates or those who have already received that degree wear gowns with long and closed sleeves that are slit just above the elbow to allow the forearms to protrude
  • Doctoral candidates or those who have already received that degree wear full, bell-shaped sleeves. Only the doctor’s gown is trimmed — with velvet panels down the front and three velvet bars on each sleeve.


The hood may at once have been worn over the head and attached to the gown. Later the hood was detached but retained and worn much as it is today. Each degree (bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral) has its special hood, which varies in length and, for the doctor, also in pattern.

The color or colors lining the hood are those of the college or university that granted the wearer’s degree. For example, Saint Louis University is known by blue chevron on a field of white. The colored velvet binding or edging of the hood, in different widths for bachelor, master and doctor, is determined by the field of study.


The cap, or mortarboard, has become the universally accepted style for colleges and universities in the United States. Many European institutions still retain distinctive forms of academic headdress.


The tassel is perhaps the most iconic souvenir of academic attire. The doctor, following graduation, has the right to wear a gold tassel on the mortarboard; black, however, is perfectly proper and perhaps more common.

A practice of varying the color of the tassel on the other mortarboards has gained acceptance:

  • Arts: White
  • Science: Gold-Yellow
  • Philosophy: Dark Blue
  • Education: Light Blue
  • Business: Drab
  • Nursing: Apricot
  • Technology and Engineering: Orange
  • Hospital Administration: Salmon
  • Public Administration: Peacock Blue
  • Social Work: Citron
  • Law: Purple
  • Medicine: Green
  • Theology: Scarlet
  • Allied Health Professions: Mint Green