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Graduation Fair

Graduate with flowers

The Fall Graduation Fair will take place Wednesday, November 1, from noon-6 pm in the Mary Graydon Center, Rooms 2 – 4. This is an opportunity for graduating students to check their graduation status, determine their cap size, rent caps and gowns, purchase commencement and AU mementos (diploma frames, graduation announcements, class rings, etc.), and contribute to the Senior Class gift. Enjoy light refreshments and enter to win prizes. For more information, please contact the Campus Store at 202-885-6300 or

In addition to organizing the Graduation Fair, the Campus Store sells class rings, generic graduation announcements, diploma frames, and hundreds of AU shirts, sweatshirts, caps, and other souvenirs.

If you miss the commencement ceremony on December 17, you will be able to view an archived video on ustream or YouTube. Links are available in the Archives section of this site.

For guests’ convenience, American University contracts with a local florist to sell floral bouquets in front of Bender Arena on commencement days. To place a special order, contact Chevy Chase Florist at 301-986-0986.

A commercial photographer from GradImages will photograph each student approaching the stage and shaking hands with President Sylvia Burwell. Following commencement, GradImages will send proofs and ordering information to students’ AU email addresses. Parents and guests will not be permitted on or near the stage to take photographs during the ceremony.

Beginning in late October, personalized graduation announcements, which include the graduate's name, can be ordered directly from our vendor, Herff Jones.