The Fall Commencement ceremony will take place in Bender Arena on AU's campus and will 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.
Regalia, commencement ticket, and parking pass distribution in the Bridge Lounge (formerly the lower level of the Campus Store).
7:30 p.m.: Honors Program Recognition Ceremony, Hughes Formal Lounge
Recognizing August and December 2016 graduates of the University Honors Program
Refreshments and a champagne toast, celebrating AU's new graduates. Open to grads and guests.
1 p.m. Fall Commencement ceremony
Receptions immediately following ceremony:
CAS – Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen Arts Center
SPA – Ward Circle Building Lobby
Kogod – Kogod School of Business Building
SIS – School of International Service Building
SOC – McKinley Building
5 p.m. Rental regalia due to Campus Store
Inspiring Graduate: Taimur Khan
Taimur Khan, an ethnic Pashtun from Pakistan, will receive his PhD in anthropology at the December 21 ceremony. His family and community's work to preserve its language and identity became the foundation of his scholarly research.
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden to address grads
American University will celebrate more than 500 graduates in its Fall Commencement Ceremony on Wednesday, December 21. Dr. Carla Hayden, the first woman and first African American to lead the nation's library, will be the keynote speaker.