Fall Commencement will be held in Bender Arena on Wednesday, December 21, at 1:00 p.m. Doors open 45 minutes before the ceremony. Allow enough time to park and be seated 10 minutes before the start of the ceremony, since the lobby is closed during the processional. There are no coat check facilities in Bender Arena. Graduates should leave coats, purses, etc. with a guest or locked in their vehicles. Please refer to the disability section of this site for more information on seating and other assistance for mobility and hearing impaired persons.
We encourage our guests to use public transportation, such as the DC Metro, and the complimentary AU Shuttle. Shuttle service runs between main campus and the Tenleytown-AU Metro station, which is on Metro's Red Line. Shuttle buses will run every 10 minutes from the Nebraska Avenue and south-side shuttle stops. The north-side shuttle stop behind Kogod will not be in use during the afternoon on Wednesday, December 21.
Parking on campus will be limited for Fall Commencement. One commencement parking pass will be issued to each student who rents a cap and gown. The cap/gown rental serves as the graduate's registration to participate in the ceremony. The parking pass will be valid from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and good for the Katzen Arts Center Parking Garage. Graduates will receive additional information when they pick up their passes during Cap and Gown Distribution in the Bridge Lounge (formerly the lower level of the Campus Store) on Monday, December 19, and Tuesday, December 20. Passes will be distributed at a separate table next to the caps/gowns. Parking passes are complimentary. Additional passes will not be available for purchase.
Guests with valid state issued handicapped permits/plates requiring accessible parking will be permitted to park in the lots next to the Asbury and Osborn buildings. Parking spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Drivers may also drop off guests with limited mobility at an accessible entrance before proceeding to their designated parking garage. This entrance, located on the south side of Bender Arena across from the Asbury Building, allows for ground-level access to the ceremony area. Public Safety staff will be present in the parking areas to direct vehicles to this entrance. Parking lots and the accessible entrance to Bender Arena are indicated on the campus map.