Hilltop Campus officially becomes the Danforth Campus Sept. 17

Washington University’s Hilltop Campus officially takes the name “Danforth Campus” during a dedication ceremony recognizing the role that Chancellor Emeritus William H. “Bill” Danforth, the late Elizabeth “Ibby” Gray Danforth, the Danforth family and the Danforth Foundation have played in the evolution of Washington University in St. Louis.

The ceremony will feature remarks from Danforth; Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton; David W. Kemper, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Commerce Bancshares Inc. and chairman of the university’s board of trustees; Gerald L. Early, Ph.D., Washington University’s Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters and director of the Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences; and senior Laura Kleinman, a Danforth and Truman scholar who is majoring in philosophy in Arts & Sciences.

The keynote speaker will be Harold T. Shapiro, Ph.D., president emeritus and professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University, whose talk is titled “A Larger Sense of Purpose: Higher Education and Society” — the same as his most recent book.

Graham Chapel

3:30-5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 17

Reserved media seating is available in the first and the last row on the southside of Graham Chapel. Mult boxes will be available in both rows.

Reserved media parking is available in a temporary lot located west of Graham Chapel. Take Forsyth Boulevard and turn north onto Olympia Way, which is near Big Bend Boulevard. From Olympia Way, turn east just past Simon Hall onto a temporary drive, where a parking attendant will direct you. Please show attendant a media ID. Media parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The newly built Danforth Plaza, directly in front of the Brookings Hall archway, features a granite medallion — 16 feet in diameter — benches, a fountain and bronze plaques recognizing the Danforth contributions.

Masonry workers recently installed new monuments reflecting the Hilltop Campus’ name change at all four corners of the campus. Workers also recently hung banners signifying the Danforth Campus on street lights surrounding campus.

The Hilltop Campus is home to six of the university’s seven schools. For more information on the Danforth Campus naming, go online to

For more information, call Sue Killenberg McGinn at 314-935-5254. On Sept. 17, please call 314-603-6008.