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There will be a number of events honoring graduates in the days leading up to graduation. The main events are listed below. Click here for a full list of important dates and deadlines.

All commencement ceremonies take place in Bender Arena on AU's campus. The SPA, SOC, and Kogod ceremonies will run approximately 2 hours and CAS and SIS approximately 2-1/2 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.


May 10-13

Regalia, ticket (SIS and CAS only), and parking pass distribution


May 12

10 am: Phi Beta Kappa Induction, Katzen Arts Center

2 pm: Honors Recognition Ceremony, Metropolitan Church

4 pm: Baccalaureate Service, Kay Spiritual Life Center

5:30 pm: University Student Awards Reception, Katzen Arts Center

8–10 pm: Toast to Graduates, Katzen Arts Center


May 13

9 am: School of Public Affairs Ceremony (reception: Friedheim Quad; rain site: University Club, Mary Graydon Center)

1:30 pm: School of Communication Ceremony (reception: University Club, Mary Graydon Center)

6 pm: College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony (reception: University Club, Mary Graydon Center)


May 14

10 am: Kogod School of Business Ceremony (reception: Mass Ave Lawn; rain site: University Club, Mary Graydon Center)

2:30 pm: School of International Service Ceremony (reception: Sharjah Plaza & SIS Building)


May 21

1 pm: Washington College of Law Ceremony (reception: Friedheim Quad)