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September 2016


Spring Commencement Ceremonies for May 2017 Graduates
AU’s Spring Commencement ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 13, and Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Bender Arena:

Saturday, May 13:
  • 9 am School of Public Affairs
  • 1:30 pm School of Communication
  • 6 pm College of Arts and Sciences

Sunday, May 14: 

  • 10 am Kogod School of Business
  • 2:30 pm School of International Service

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Information for May 2017 Graduates

If you intend to graduate in May, you must complete the online Application to Graduate form on the portal. All students, whether or not you plan to attend commencement, must complete this application on the portal. This form is separate from any clearance paperwork that you fill out for your school or college. If you have any questions, contact your academic advisor.

Submission of the graduation application triggers a review of your academic record, puts you on track to receive future commencement mailings and updates, and helps to ensure that your name is listed in the printed commencement program.

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Spring Commencement Tickets, Remote Viewing, and Live Streaming
Guest tickets are not required for the School of Public Affairs, School of Communication, and Kogod School of Business ceremonies. However, students participating in these ceremonies are asked to limit their guests to no more than seven.

Because of limited seating in Bender Arena, tickets will be required for admittance to the College of Arts and Sciences ceremony on Saturday, May 13 at 6:00 p.m. and the School of International Service ceremony on Sunday, May 14 at 2:30 p.m. An allotment of six (6) tickets will be distributed to CAS and SIS students who have rented regalia and registered to participate in the ceremony. CAS and SIS students participating in the ceremony will not need a ticket for themselves. Additional details on ticket distribution will be shared in future Commencement Update emails and will be posted on the commencement website.

Due to the expected attendance at the CAS and SIS ceremonies, we are unable to fulfill any requests for additional tickets. In order to accommodate guests without tickets, the ceremony will be shown live at a remote viewing location in the Ward Circle Building, Rooms 1 & 2, and live-streamed on the commencement website. Graduates seeking additional tickets are encouraged to ask friends within their school/college if they have any extra tickets. Commencement tickets may not be bought or sold.

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Parking for Spring Commencement Ceremonies
Parking on campus will be limited over commencement weekend. One commencement parking pass will be issued to each student who rents a cap and gown. The cap/gown rental serves as the graduate’s registration to participate in their school’s commencement ceremony. The parking pass will be valid for a designated time period and parking garage based on the graduate's school/college. Graduates will receive additional information when they pick up their passes during Cap and Gown Distribution in the Bridge Lounge from May 10 to 13. Passes will be distributed at a separate table next to the caps/gowns. Parking passes are complimentary; additional passes will not be available for purchase. Note that parking permits issued by AU Transportation Services for use during the year will not be valid for parking during commencement weekend.

Satellite parking for guests without parking passes will be available at locations close to campus. Shuttle service will be provided. Additional details will be announced in the coming months.

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