Steps to Graduation

1. Submit a Petition to Graduate

All students completing all degree requirements in May 2014 must fill out a Petition to Graduate.

Petitions are DUE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2014. Undergraduate Petitions should be submitted to the Academic Departments. Go to to find the department webpage for contact information.

Graduate School Petitions:

  • Extended Campus Graduate Petitions to Academic Affairs: Fax to Michelle Boesch at 314-246-7076.
  • St. Louis Area and Online Students: Fax or e-mail to Academic Advising at 314-968-7166 or
  • School of Education: Fax to 314-246-7118.

Petition to Graduate Forms

2. Clear Business Office Accounts

Students who have completed all of 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 10 days before release of transcripts. For more information, call the Business Office at 1-800-981-9803.

3. Complete RSVP Card

Complete RSVP card for the Commencement Ceremony at The Muny on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Submit RSVP card via email to the Registrar's Office by April 28, 2014.

Extended Campus Graduates
Notify your campus director by February 24, 2014 to submit your name on the Commencement Participation Form if you intend to participate in the St. Louis Commencement ceremony.

Fully Online Graduates
Contact Elizabeth Stacey in the Online Learning Center at or 314-246-4246 or (866) 622-0888.

Graduates/Guests With Disabilities
Indicate your needs on the RSVP card. If you have questions regarding special accommodations needed for the commencement ceremonies, contact Kevin Pelzel at or 314-246-7700. 


4. Purchase Your Cap and Gown

If you are located in the St. Louis area and participating in the St. Louis Commencement:

St. Louis area graduates may purchase their caps and gowns at the University Bookstore, 554 Garden Avenue, Webster Groves, Missouri during the Grad Salute Days. Join in the celebration! Enter to win prizes and don’t miss special graduation pricing on Jostens class rings. Take care of all your graduation needs on these days!

Fine Quality Gown and Ring Sale
Monday, March 17 and Tuesday March 18 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Grad Salute Days
Wednesday, March 26: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, March 27: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, March 28: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

If you cannot attend the Grad Salute, caps and gowns will be available during regular business hours at the University Bookstore until May 9th, however sizes and availability may be limited.

Bookstore Business Hours
Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

If you are located outside of the St. Louis area and participating in the St. Louis Commencement:

Go to the Jostens website at

For any questions, call Jostens’ Consumer Contact Center at 1-800-854-7464.

Webster University Bookstore
Patti Crosswhite, or 314-968-5936 or 1-888-467-5657.

If you are participating in an extended campus graduation ceremony:

All students walking in graduation ceremonies at an extended campus should please go to and follow instructions on the website to order a cap & gown for your location’s graduation.

For any questions, call Jostens’ Consumer Contact Center at 1-800-854-7464.

To order announcements and other graduation accessories, go to

5. Distribute Maps

Distribute copies of the map to your commencement ceremony to friends and family with your Commencement announcements. The map shows where to enter The MUNY, your check-in area, the location and time of your individual School/College ceremony. These maps contain all the information you and your guests will need to navigate your way through Commencement day.

The Accessibility Map designates wheelchair seating and seating for individuals with hearing impairments for the Main Ceremony. Note that wheelchair seating can accommodate one guest with a wheelchair and one additional guest. 

*Accessibility Maps for the individual Schools/Colleges will be posted soon.

6. Celebrate!

Celebrate the completion of your Webster University degree (and the previous 6 steps!) at the 95th Annual Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 10, 2014!

7. Questions

Call Nancy at 314-968-6959 or with any questions.

Something to Consider:
*Would you like to contribute to the broad effort to build responsible citizenship and a sustainable world?  If so, you may want to join students at colleges and universities nationwide who have taken the Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility.