Commencement diary: Capturing sights, stories from the Class of 2021

Commencement diary: Capturing sights, stories from the Class of 2021

Washington University celebrated its160th Commencement not once, but eight times on May 20 and May 21. The Record kept a diary of the days’ sights and stories, including three alumni who competed on Francis Field and returned there to watch their children graduate; five Olin student-athletes on their way to NCAA Division III baseball championships; and one very elated chancellor thrilled to lead his first in-person Commencement.
160th Commencement will be one for the history books

160th Commencement will be one for the history books

An unprecedented academic year coming to a close brings an unprecedented Commencement for graduating students this week. To allow for in-person ceremonies, the traditional universitywide ceremony in Brookings Quadrangle will be broken up into eight ceremonies over the next two days, May 20 and 21, on Francis Olympic Field.
A 67-year journey from first-year student to alum

A 67-year journey from first-year student to alum

Back when Henlay Foster first enrolled at Washington University, Ethan Shepley was chancellor, Olin Library didn’t exist and the campus had, at long last, racially integrated. That was 1954. Now, 67 years later, Foster will graduate with a degree in music from Arts & Sciences at age 84.
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