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Fall Commencement 2016

Fall Commencement 2016


View ceremony highlights, including photos and videos. More photos will be available in early January!

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.


December 19–20        

Regalia, commencement ticket, and parking pass distribution in the Bridge Lounge (formerly the lower level of the Campus Store).

December 20

7:30 p.m.: Honors Program Recognition Ceremony, Hughes Formal Lounge

Recognizing August and December 2016 graduates of the University Honors Program

December 20 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.: Toast to Graduates

Refreshments and a champagne toast, celebrating AU's new graduates. Open to grads and guests.

December 21 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 studied and navigated disparate cultures on the way to earning his Ph.D. in anthropology.

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.

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Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden to address grads

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden

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.

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