All-American Weekend

All-American Weekend 2015

Welcome to the AU Community!

If you have questions about your specific registration, please contact, including the name on the registration and your students' name.

AU alumni should visit the Alumni Programs web site to register for All-American Weekend. For more information on alumni events, please click here.

Making Plans for All-American Weekend

Program Dates
October 16-18, 2015
View last year's brochure for more details.

Registration Fee

The 2015 registration is $35 per family. The fee covers the cost of publications, postage, registration materials, and the non-ticketed events and activities which are indicated with a star (*) on the schedule. All families of current AU students participating in any All-American Weekend event must pay this fee.

Payment Methods
Payment must be made online at the time of registration with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express.

Refunds and Cancellations
Cancellations must be made in advance, with requests for refunds submitted in writing by October 10 to Any requests made after October 10 will not be able to be refunded. The refund will be posted back to the card that made the payment.

Changes to Your Registration
If you wish to make any changes to an existing registration, please email your request to Changes cannot be made online.

October is a very busy month in Washington, D.C. We suggest that you make your hotel arrangements as soon as possible. Please visit our online list of local hotels.

Getting to AU
We encourage our guests to use public transportation and ask you to consider alternative methods such as the Metro and AU Shuttle to get to campus. Temporary parking passes are available for those who need to park on campus on Friday, October 16. You may reserve your pass on the registration form. You will receive additional instructions and the parking location along with your pass via email the week prior to All-American Weekend. Parking will be open on Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18.

2015 Event Highlights

Events marked with a star (*) are included in the registration fee.
You will receive a detailed schedule of events upon your arrival.

Registration and Check-in
Friday, October 16: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 17: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Friedheim Quad in front of Mary Graydon Center (rain site: Mary Graydon Center, Room 200)
Stop by the hospitality center to pick up your registration packet, name tags, preordered tickets and final schedule of events.

Friday, October 16
8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Exhibitions at the American University Library*
Bender Library, 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors The library showcases materials from the American University Archives and Special Collections year-round. Visit the library's webpage to learn more.

11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Arboretum and Sustainability Tours*
Meets in front of Bender Library
Join AU's landscape architect, arborist, and sustainability staff for a 45-minute guided tour through our award-winning Arboretum and Gardens. Learn about the diverse collection of plants found on campus as well as the many sustainable features and initiatives underway.

11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Exhibitions at the American University Museum*
Katzen Arts Center
Exhibiting the best of local and international art, the museum has five engaging exhibitions on view- READYMADE@100; Bridging the Past, Present and Future: Recent Works by Sandra Ramos; Memorial Modeling: Peter Belyi and Peter Shvetsove; Some Uses of Photography: Four Washington Artists; and SAM NOTO, SCULPTURE/Anxiety and Hope.

11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Lunch in the Terrace Dining Room (TDR)
Mary Graydon Center
Join your student for lunch in TDR. Students can treat family members using their meal plans (does not apply to the Super Meal Plan), or guests can pay a discounted rate of $10 at the door.

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., 1:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
AU Neighborhood Bus Tours*
Sign up at Registration and Check-in
Departs from outside Hughes Hall
Discover the historical background of popular sites in the neighborhood surrounding AU with representatives from the American University Library. Sites may include the former homes of Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon, Embassy Row, the National Cathedral, and Civil War forts. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that tours fill up early.
Sponsored by the American University Library.

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m., 1:10 p.m.-2:25 p.m., and 2:35 p.m.- 3:50 p.m.
Open Classes*
Various Locations
Travel back in time to your own school days when you take a Friday afternoon class. A listing of the courses and their locations will be available in the hospitality center. If you would like to attend your student's class, please have him or her ask the professor for permission beforehand. 

12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cyber Security Awareness Station*
Mary Graydon Center
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Stop by the Office of Information Technology's Cyber Security Awareness Station to learn how to stay safe online. You'll receive valuable information about simple steps you can take to protect yourself today! You'll also meet Information Security staff members, learn how to get help if you encounter a problem, and register to win valuable prizes!

2:00-2:45 p.m.
Historical Walking Tour of Campus*
Departs from the Mary Graydon Center Lobby
Explore AU's past with this historical walking tour through campus with staff from University Archives.

3:00-4:00 p.m.
Transitioning to AU for Students with Disabilities*
Letts Hall, Formal Lounge
Get the facts from students and staff from the Academic Support and Access Center (ASAC) about transitioning to college with a disability, and learn strategies for success from both student and university perspectives. If you have questions about the presentation, please contact the ASAC at 202-885-3360 or

4:00-5:30 p.m.
All-American Weekend Welcome Reception*
Mary Graydon Center, University Club
Chat over refreshments with parent volunteers and staff from the Parents Leadership Council and the Office of Campus Life as you get ready for the weekend's events.

6:00 p.m.
Shabbat Services and Dinner
Kay Spiritual Life Center and McDowell Hall, Formal Lounge (registration required for dinner)
Join the AU Hillel community for student-led Reform or Conservative services at the Kay Center, followed by a delicious kosher Shabbat dinner in McDowell Formal Lounge. Services are open to all: those planning to attend dinner are asked to register in advance (free for AU students and guests under 18; $25 for each guest over 18). To register, please contact AU Hillel at 202-885-3324 or
Sponsored by AU Hillel.

6:00-8:00 p.m.
Discover the Sciences at AU!*
Battelle-Tompkins, Atrium
Join Peter Starr, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, at a special reception featuring the sciences at AU. The reception will include poster displays of student research and a panel discussion highlighting select faculty in the sciences. We hope that alumni from the fields of science, mathematics and psychology, as well as parents and families with students who have an interest in the sciences (or just wished their students did!) will join us for a fun and informative overview of what makes AU a great place for the sciences. 

7:00 p.m.
AU Volleyball vs. Navy
Bender Arena
Come out and support the women's volleyball team as they take on Navy. Tickets are $4 for youth and $6 for adults. Students get in free!

8:00 p.m.
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Book by Jeffrey Lane
Music and Lyrics by David Yazbeck
Based on the film by Pedro Almodovar
Presented by special arrangement with Musical Theatre International
Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre
A musical adaptation of Pedro Almodovar's beloved film of the same name, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is a story about women and the men who pursue them... finding them, losing them, needing them, and rejecting them. For tickets and more information, please call 202-885-ARTS or visit ($15 regular admission, $10 AU community and seniors).
Presented by the Department of Performing Arts and directed by Carl Menninger.

9:00 p.m.
SASA Cultural Show 2015*
Mary Graydon Center, Tavern
Join the South Asian Student Association for singing and dancing at its seventh annual culture show. Admission is free. Contact for more information.

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Saturday, October 17

9:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Exhibitions at the American University Library*
Bender Library, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors
See Friday description for more information.

10:00-11:00 a.m.
The President's Welcome*
Ward Circle Building, Room 1
American University's president, Neil Kerwin, SPA/BA '71, discusses his more than 40 years at AU as a student, teacher, parent, alumnus, and administrator and his vision for the future for the university. 

11:00 a.m.- Noon
Receptions with the Deans*
A listing of the receptions and their locations will be included on the final schedule of events.

11:00 a.m.
AU Men's Basketball Open Practice and Chalk Talk*
Bender Arena
Head Coach Mike Brennan will visit with alumni, families, and fans; share his insights on this year's team; and answer questions about the basketball program.

11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Exhibitions at the American University Museum*
Katzen Arts Center
See Friday, 11:00 a.m., for description.

12:00-1:00 p.m. and 1:00-2:00 p.m.
All-American Fall Festival
Woods-Brown Amphitheater (tickets required)
(Rain Site: Mary Graydon Center, First Floor)
Head to the amphitheater listen to live music provided by the old-time bluegrass band, The Knuckle Dusters; feast on German potato salad, bratwurst, potato pancakes, sauerbraten, soft pretzels, iced gingerbread and more; and enjoy a step demonstration by members of AU's fraternity and sorority community. Tickets must be purchased through online registration ($16.50 per person). Meal plans will not be accepted.

12:00 p.m.
AU Field Hockey vs. Colgate*
Jacobs Field
Come out and support the women's field hockey team as they take on Colgate Saturday at Jacobs Field.

1:00-2:00 p.m.
Internationalizing an AU Education*
Ward Circle Building, Room 2
Gaining international experience is not only an essential component of educational and professional development but also a rewarding personal experience. Learn about global opportunities for student from AU Abroad.

1:00 p.m.
AU Men's Soccer vs. Army
Reeves Field
Comme out and support the men's soccer team as they take on Army Saturday. Tickets are $4 for youth and $6 for adults. Students get in free!

1:00 p.m.
Art at Katzen*
American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center
Expand your imagination by engaging in a fun, creative art class inspired by one of the current exhibitions. Guests of all ages are invited.

1:00-2:00 p.m.
Library Geospatial Idea Space*
Departs from Bender Library, Globe on the First Floor (tours leave every 30 minutes)
Tour the library's new Geospatial Idea Space, designed to provide a collaborative environment for faculty, students, and staff to learn and apply geospatial methodologies, technologies, and data to their research topics. See how geospatial data visualization methods can bring research results to life and how this knowledge might be applied in various professional and research-oriented workplaces.

1:30-2:15 p.m. and 2:30-3:15 p.m.
Historical Walking Tour of Campus*
Departs from Mary Graydon Center Lobby
See Friday, 2:00, for description

2:00-3:00 p.m.
Classes without Quizzes*
Various Campus Locations
Join some of our top faculty for an American University classroom experience. The "classes" and their locations will be listed in the final schedule of events available at the hospitality center. 

2:00-3:00 p.m.
The State of Multicultural Students at American University*
Kogod Student Lounge
Learn more about the recruitment, retention, and transition efforts of current multicultural students.

2:00-3:00 p.m.
Books That Shaped America: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow*
Bender Library, Mud Box Cafe (Lower Level)
Led by Washington College of Law Professor Lewis Grossman, this engaging conversation will cover what makes the Headless Horseman and Ichabod Crane such enduring figures in the American imagination- and how the book relates to modern-day adaptations like Fox's "Sleepy Hollow." This event is adapted from the library's ongoing "Books That Shaped America" series and was so popular when first offered that representatives from the Library of Congress asked Professor Grossman to offer it for them. Light (spooky) refreshments will be served.

2:00 p.m.
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre (tickets required)
See Friday, 8:00 p.m., for more information

3:00-5:00 p.m.
SPA Leadership Program Alumni and Family Reception
McDowell Hall, Formal Lounge
Meet current members of the program and families of students while reconnecting with friends you haven't seen in years.

3:00-5:00 p.m.
Celebrate! Multicultural Student-Alumni Reception*
Katzen Arts Center, Rotunda
AU parents are invited to connect with alumni and learn about the passions of current students at this third annual reception. The reception is hosted by President Kerwin and presented by AU's Black Alumni Alliance and Latino Alumni Alliance.

5:00 p.m.
A Gospel Extravaganza*
Kay Spiritual Life Center
Enjoy the vocal talents of our students through a performance by the AU Gospel Choir. 

8:00 p.m.
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre (tickets required)
See Friday, 8:00 p.m., for more information.

8:00 p.m.
The Kennedy Political Union presents Geena Davis
Bender Arena (tickets required)
The Kennedy Political Union (KPU) is proud to host Academy Award and Golden Globe winning actress Geena Davis. Davis has starred in such films as A League of Their Own, Thelma and Louise, and Beetlejuice. Davis, appearing this season in Grey's Anatomy, will speak about her life, work, and activism through the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased online; admission is free for AU undergraduate students with a valid AU ID.

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Sunday, October 18

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
TDR Brunch
Mary Graydon Center, Terrace Dining Room
Experience brunch the student way in TDR. Students can treat family members using their meal plan (does not apply to the Super Meal Plan), or families can pay cash ($11) at the door. 

Seatings at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and Noon
Jazz Brunch
Mary Graydon Center, University Club (reservations and tickets required)
Enjoy a sumptuous brunch created by AU Dining Services. Indulge in crawfish Eggs Benedict, jalapeno cheddar grits, smoked chicken gumbo, Creole-style potatoes, fried beignets, and more. Tickets must be purchased in advance through online registration ($25 per person). Student meal plans will not be accepted.

11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Exhibitions at the American University Museum*
Katzen Arts Center
See Friday, 11:00 a.m., for description.

1:30 p.m.
A Cappella Showcase*
Kay Spiritual Life Center
Enjoy the sounds of AU's student a cappella singing groups- Dime a Dozen, On a Sensual Note, Pitches be Trippin' and Treble in Paradise.

Events marked with a star (*) are included in the registration fee.
You will receive a detailed schedule of events upon your arrival.

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