Message to the Class of 2024

Class of 2024, congratulations. Everyone on this stage — our administrators, faculty leaders and trustees — and everyone who showed up to support you today — all stand in awe of what you’ve overcome as a class to make it to this milestone.

Our path forward

WashU has a long, proud history of encouraging and supporting free expression.  It is a defining characteristic of who we are as an academic institution.  Our commitment is firm; however, it does have its limits.  It always has. 

This weekend’s demonstration

To those who plan to continue to come to campus with the intention of disrupting our education and research mission and violating our policies, please know we will respond proportionately each and every time.  You will not do this here.  

Hopes and expectations for the new year

January is a time for new beginnings as we turn the calendar to a fresh page for 2024, get back into the classroom for the start of the spring semester, and renew our commitment to our personal, academic, and professional goals in the new year.  This is also a time for reflection for all of us, as individuals and as a community.