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Student Speakers

Each school or college ceremony includes an address by a graduating student. The selection of the student speaker is coordinated within each school's dean's office. The process begins in early February. Speakers are announced by the dean's office in late March or early April.

If you would like to be considered as a student speaker, contact your dean's office.

Honorary Degree Recipients and Commencement Speakers

Honorary degree recipients must be approved by the school or college's dean, the president, and the Board of Trustees and are selected based on meritorious contributions to society or to American University in fields related to the school or college. The process typically begins one year in advance. All commencement speakers are announced at the same time in early April.

If you would like to recommend someone to receive an honorary degree and speak at Spring Commencement, contact your dean’s office. Provide as much information as possible including your reason for recommending the individual, any personal connection you may have, and contact information if possible.

Additional information about past honorary degree recipients and commencement speakers is available on the Commencement History and Traditions page.