Commencement | Schedule of Events



There will be a number of events honoring graduates in the days leading up to graduation. The main events are listed below. Click here for a full list of important dates and deadlines.

All commencement ceremonies take place in Bender Arena on AU's campus and last approximately 2 hours. Graduates should report to line-up areas 45 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony and sit with colleagues in their academic program. Graduates do not cross the stage in alphabetical order and may sit with friends within their academic program.


May 6-9

Regalia distribution

May 7

Senior Week Final Farewell

May 8

10:30 am: Phi Beta Kappa Induction, Kay Spiritual Life Center  

2 pm: Honors Medal Ceremony, Metropolitan Church  

5:30 pm: University and Student Achievement Awards Reception, Katzen Arts Center

7 pm: Baccalaureate Service, Kay Spiritual Life Center

8–10 pm: Toast to Graduates, Katzen Arts Center

May 9

9 am: School of Public Affairs Ceremony (reception: Friedheim Quad)

2 pm: School of Communication Ceremony (reception: MGC University Club)  

7 pm: College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony (reception: MGC University Club)

May 10

10 am: Kogod School of Business Ceremony (reception: Mass Ave Lawn)

3 pm: School of International Service Ceremony (reception: Sharjah Plaza)

May 17

1 pm: Washington College of Law Ceremony (reception: Friedheim Quad)