Commencement | Graduation Mementos


Graduation Mementos


Graduation Fair

The annual Graduation Fair takes place in late March. This is an opportunity for graduating students to check their graduation status, determine their cap size, rent caps and gowns, purchase commencement and AU mementos (diploma frames, graduation announcements, class rings, etc.), contribute to the Senior Class gift, and purchase the Talon yearbook. The university's commencement photographer, GradImages, will hold a free graduation portrait sitting. Enjoy light refreshments, and enter to win prizes including a graduation kit valued at $500, gift certificates, a diploma frame, and more. For more information, please contact the Campus Store at 202-885-6300 or

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Campus Store

In addition to organizing the Graduation Fair, the Campus Store sells class rings, generic graduation announcements, diploma frames, and hundreds of AU shirts, sweatshirts, caps, and other souvenirs. They will have extended hours during commencement weekend.

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DVD Sales

AU’s Audio Visual Services records the commencement ceremonies. DVDs can be purchased for $20 by completing the order form and sending it to the Audio-Visual Department. DVDs cannot be sent to addresses outside the United States. For questions, call 202-885-2296.

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Flower Sales

For guests’ convenience, American University contracts with a local florist to sell floral bouquets in front of Bender Arena on commencement days. To place a special order, contact Chevy Chase Florist at 301-986-0986.

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Photos of the Commencement Ceremony

A commercial photographer from GradImages will photograph each student approaching the stage and shaking hands with President Neil Kerwin. Following commencement, GradImages will send proofs and ordering information to students. Parents and guests will not be permitted on or near the stage to take photographs during the ceremony.

Students can receive a $5 discount on photo orders over $25 by registering their email addresses prior to the commencement ceremonies. Go to the GradImages pre-event registration site and enter "American University," then select the correct ceremony and register your email address.

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The Talon, American University's student-produced yearbook, works to capture and preserve the memories made on campus and throughout Washington D.C. Make sure to get your claws on The Talon as soon as possible! For information about purchasing the book, senior portraits, parent ads and more, check out the The Talon website. For other questions, please contact The Talon staff at

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Graduation Announcements

Students may purchase personalized or generic announcements. Generic graduation announcements listing the date and time of the ceremony will be available at the Campus Store

Beginning in late February, personalized graduation announcements, which include the graduate’s name, can be ordered directly from our vendor, Herff Jones.

Please note that the supply of generic graduation announcements is limited, so we recommend that you purchase announcements as early as possible.

For more information, contact the Campus Store at 202-885-6300.

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