Messages from the University

Read important messages sent from from the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs to families of undergraduate students.

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Plans for Commencement

February 26, 2021 Dear Members of the Classes of 2020 and 2021, As we shared with you last month, we’ve been hard at work making plans to celebrate you and your accomplishments at Commencement ceremonies to be held in St. Louis this May. We appreciate your patience as we’ve explored what would be possible given […]

Urgent Reminder about COVID-19 Safety for Students

Dear Parents and Families, I am sharing the following message that was sent this afternoon to all Washington University students. We are fortunate that we continue to see a low number of COVID-19 cases in our student community, but as the message reminds us, the most important thing we all can do to keep each […]

Update on COVID-19 Surveillance Testing

Dear parents and families, I am passing along this message below that we sent this afternoon to all undergraduate students related to an update on our surveillance testing strategy.  As indicated below, we are doing this out of an abundance of caution as we start the spring semester, even though the results of our entry […]

Welcome Back!

Dear parents and families, I hope all of you have been enjoying a healthy and happy winter break with your students. As we prepare to resume the spring semester on Monday, January 25, I wanted to pass along an email that we sent this morning to all of our undergraduate students. Additionally, I wanted to […]

Revised Spring 2021 Calendar

Dear parents and families, I am forwarding you an email that was sent earlier today from Provost Beverly Wendland related to a slight revision to our Spring 2021 Academic Calendar.  I wanted to make sure all of you were aware of this change.  Also, I wanted to let you know that we will be communicating […]

Spring Billing Update

November 20, 2020 Dear undergraduate students, parents and families, I am writing today to update you on Washington University’s billing schedule for the spring semester.  For students registering for Spring 2021, bills will be issued on December 7. Despite the shift in the fall and spring semester academic calendars, for administrative purposes and consistent with […]

Changes to WashU dining operations

November 13, 2020 Dear Danforth Campus Community Members: On behalf of the entire Washington University Dining Services team, we hope you and your family are staying healthy and safe. Our recent communications from Chancellor Martin highlighted the changing conditions in our region and our desire to continue to be vigilant and mindful of resulting required […]

Updated Information about Thanksgiving Break

November 12, 2020 Dear parents and families, I am passing along two additional communications that went out to students today about the Thanksgiving Break: one from the Chancellor and the Provost, and one from me.  As I am sure you are observing, conditions related to COVID-19 are continuing to worsen both nationally and here in […]

Worsening conditions in the St. Louis region

November 6, 2020 Dear Parents and Families, I wanted to alert you below to the message that went out this evening to all students, faculty, and staff at Washington University.  The safety of everyone in our community – including our students – remains our highest priority.  As we have been doing since March, we are […]

Thanksgiving Break Updates

October 28, 2020 Dear undergraduate students who are studying in St. Louis and families, I am writing as a follow-up to my September 29 communication about Thanksgiving Break, which is scheduled for Thursday, November 26 through Sunday, November 29.  This message contains some very important reminders about safety for our entire community and also contains […]

Flu Shot Information

October 8, 2020 Dear families, Please see below for a message sent to Danforth campus students about the flu vaccination requirement and free on-campus flu shot clinics. Sincerely, Cheri LeBlanc, MD October 8, 2020 Dear students, As you are aware, flu shots are mandatory for all students, faculty, and staff this year. Students are expected […]

Reminder about Thanksgiving Travel

September 29, 2020 Dear students and families: Our fall semester is off to a very good start.  We hope those of you who are studying remotely are doing well, and we appreciate everyone who has made the commitment to be here with us in St. Louis and on campus, and we are grateful to everyone […]