Commencement | August & December Graduates


AU’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10, 2015, will celebrate the accomplishments of our students who graduated in August and December 2014 and those who are expected to graduate in May 2015.


President’s Receptions

On Friday, December 5, 2014, President Kerwin will host two receptions for August and December 2014 graduates. The reception for August and December bachelor's degree recipients is from 5:00 to 6:30 pm in the University Club, Mary Graydon Center, and the reception for August and December master's and doctoral degree recipients is from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Katzen Arts Center.

Each August or December graduate may bring up to four guests. Invitations are mailed in late October to December graduates’ local addresses and August graduates' permanent addresses. Responses are due December 1, 2014. Call 202-885-2430 or email for more information.

Students must submit an Application to Graduate for August or December 2014 on the portal. Late submission of the application will affect inclusion of your name in the printed reception program.

Please note that this is a reception, not a seated dinner, and students are not in regalia and do not march across the stage (as they do at the May commencement ceremonies).

View photos from last year's receptions: Bachelor's recipients, Master's/Ph.D. recipients.



Once grades have been recorded and a student’s record checked to ensure that all university and degree requirements have been met, diplomas will be printed. 

August 2014 graduates receive diplomas throughout fall semester. The date appearing on August diplomas will be August 14, 2014.

December 2014 graduates receive diplomas during the spring, with most diplomas mailed by early March. The date on December diplomas will be December 19, 2014.

Please contact the Records Services staff in the Registrar's Office (202-885-2236) if you have questions. Diplomas will be mailed to the address provided by the graduate on the Application to Graduate form.


Ordering Caps & Gowns

August and December graduates will receive a postcard in mid-March with instructions for ordering regalia. Orders should be placed via the portal prior to the April 6, 2015, deadline. Persons who rent regalia will receive additional information about line-up and assembly locations and times. This information is emailed to your AU email account in late April.

Doctoral degree recipients who intend to purchase regalia should contact the Registrar's Office before March 9, 2015, to complete the ordering process.