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Fall Commencement 2016

Fall Commencement 2016



August 5, 2016

This is the first email update for the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 Commencement ceremonies. All mailings and updates will be posted on the commencement website.

We encourage you to share this info with parents and guests.

In this update, you will find:

Fall 2016 ceremony update with ticket information
Spring 2017 ceremony schedule

Fall 2016 Ceremony Update

Fall Commencement will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in Bender Arena. Students who receive degrees in August 2016 and eligible degree candidates for December 2016 are invited to participate. American University’s 132nd commencement ceremony will feature the conferral of undergraduate and graduate degrees, the commencement address, and remarks by President Neil Kerwin.

Students must submit an Application to Graduate for August or December 2016 on the portal. Late submission of the application will affect inclusion of your name in the printed program.

Because of limited seating in Bender Arena, tickets will be required for admittance to the Fall Commencement. A minimum allotment of six tickets will be distributed to each student who has rented regalia and registered to participate in the ceremony. Graduates will be notified approximately two weeks prior to the ceremony if we are able to issue additional tickets. Graduates participating in the ceremony will not need a ticket for themselves. Tickets will be distributed in the Bridge Lounge (formerly the lower level of the Campus Store) on Monday, December 19 and Tuesday, December 20 from 9 am to 7 pm.

Call 202-885-2430 or email for more information.

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Spring 2017 Ceremony Schedule

Spring Commencement ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 13, and Sunday, May 14, in Bender Arena.

Saturday, May 13:
  • 9 am, School of Public Affairs
  • 1:30 pm, School of Communication
  • 6 pm, College of Arts and Sciences

Sunday, May 14:
  • 10 am, Kogod School of Business
  • 2:30 pm, School of International Service

More details to come when the fall semester begins.

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