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Commencement Events

Commencement ceremony

There will be a number of events honoring graduates in the days leading up to graduation. The main events are listed below.

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 9-12

Regalia, ticket, and parking pass distribution

May 11

10:00 am
Phi Beta Kappa Induction, Katzen Arts Center
4:00 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 12

9:00 am
School of Communication Ceremony ( floor plan)
(reception: Mary Graydon Center, first floor)
1:30 pm
Kogod School of Business Ceremony ( floor plan)
(reception: Mass Ave Lawn; rain site: Mary Graydon Center, first floor)
6 pm
School of International Service Ceremony ( floor plan)
(reception: Sharjah Plaza & SIS Building)

May 13

10:00 am
School of Public Affairs Ceremony ( floor plan)
(reception: Friedheim Quad; rain site: Mary Graydon Center, first floor)
2:30 pm
College of Arts and Sciences Ceremony ( floor plan)
(reception: Mary Graydon Center, first floor)

May 20

1:00 pm
Washington College of Law Ceremony (reception: Mary Graydon Center, first floor)