All-American Weekend

All-American Weekend 2014

Welcome parents & family members of
current AU students!

Pre-registration for All-American Weekend 2014 will be available in August.

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

View the 2013 All-American Weekend mailer to get an idea of what to expect when you attend. When you check in, you will receive a final, detailed schedule of events.

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 17-19, 2014

Registration will be available in August.

Registration Fee

The 2014 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.

Refunds and Cancellations
Cancellations must be made in advance, with requests for refunds submitted in writing by October 14 to Please note that all refunds will be posted to the student's tuition account. Any requests made after October 14 will not be able to be refunded.

October is a very busy month in Washington, D.C. We suggest that you make your hotel arrangements as soon as possible. For a list of suggested hotels, please click here.

For some suggestions on places to eat please look at Local Restaurant Information.


2013 Highlights

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

Friday, October 18
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 its archives and special collections year round. During All-American Weekend, enjoy exhibitions on former American University presidents, alumni journalists, and the William F. Causey Collection. Visit the library's webpage to learn more.

10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Registration and Check-In*
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.

11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
What Is an Arboretum, Anyway?*
Meets in front of Bender Library
Take a 45-minute walking tour of the university's arboretum and gardens with AU's landscape architects and facilities staff. Learn about the wide variety of plants found on our award-winning grounds, as well as some historical facts about the university. 

11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Exhibitions at the American University Museum*
Katzen Arts Center
Featuring the best of local and international art, the museum has three engaging exhibitions on view- the Rothfeld Collection of Contemporary Isreali Art; Patrick McDonough: brightveridiansentinelevents; and Green Acres: Artists Farming Fields, Greenhouses and Abandoned Lots.

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 $9.35 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 in Mary Graydon Center, Room 200
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 Friends of American University Library.

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m., 1:10 p.m.-2:35 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. 

1:00-1:45 p.m. and 3:00-3:35 p.m.
Tours Highlighting Campus Sustainability*
Departs from the School of International Service (SIS) Building Atrium
Learn about the university's efforts to improve our environment during a guided tour of campus with staff from AU's Office of Sustainability. Committed to an active pursuit of sustainability, American University is home to the largest number of solar electric and hot water systems and green roofs in the D.C. area. 

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.

2:00-3:30 p.m.
Location to be determined
Career Connections Fair*
Represent your organization to fellow parents and alumni or students, or connect with them for networking or recruiting purposes. 

3:00 p.m.
Field Hockey vs. Towson*
Jacobs Field
Head to the turf to cheer on AU field hockey as they take on Towson.

3:00-4:00 p.m.
ADHD and the College Transition Year*
Mary Graydon Center, Rooms 203-205
Get the facts from students and staff from the Academic Support and Access Center (ASAC) about the impact of ADHD during a student's transition to college, 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 

4:00-6:00 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, for a fun and informative overview of the sciences at AU. Take in poster displays of student research and a panel discussion highlighting select faculty. Alumni working in the fields of science and mathematics are welcome, as well as parents with students interested in the sciences (or parents wishing their students were interested). Find out what makes AU a great place for the sciences. 

8:00 p.m.
The Rocky Horror Show
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Richard O'Brien
Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre
Sexy, campy, and hilarious, this interactive cult musical is an ironic homage to science fiction and B horror movies. The bizarre cast of characters, surprising plot twists, and memorable score have kept audiences coming back for over 35 years. 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 Cara Gabriel.

9:00 p.m.
SASA Cultural Show 2013*
Mary Graydon Center, Tavern
Join the South Asian Student Association for singing and dancing at its fifth annual culture show. Admission is free for the show. Contact for more information.

Saturday, October 19

9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Registration and Check-In*
Mary Graydon Center, Room 200

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.-12:30 p.m.
Larissa Gerstel Annual Symposium*
Exploring Learning and Inclusion from an Arts Based Perspective
Bender Library, Mud Box Cafe (Lower Level)
Join the School of Education, Teaching, and Health (SETH) and the University Library for a symposium featuring Dr. Alida Anderson, Associate Professor in SETH. Dr. Anderson will discuss how and why the use of arts-based approaches in teaching can facilitate learning and support the inclusion of diverse learners in school settings. She will also share a conceptual framework that maps out the role for engagement in learning. 

11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Cassell Hall and Stafford H. Cassell Jr. Fitness Center Open Houses*
Cassell Hall
Join President Kerwin to celebrate AU's newest residence hall, Cassell Hall, and Recreational Sports and Fitness' new Stafford H. Cassell Jr. Fitness Center! Take a tour of the building and center, or work out in the new 8,000 sq ft. fitness facility. 

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 to enjoy arts and crafts; listen to live music provided by the Jenni Schick Band featuring guitarist Stephen Augustine, CAS/MA/'00; and feast on German potato salad, bratwurst, potato pancakes, sauerbraten, soft pretzels, spaetzle with lentil stew topping, pickled red cabbage, iced gingerbread and more. Tickets must be purchased through online registration ($15 per person). 

1:00 p.m.
Women's Soccer vs. Lafayette*
Reeves Field
Cheer on AU's women's soccer team as they battle Patriot League rival Lafayette.

1:00-2:00 p.m.
Internationalizing an AU Education*
Kogod School of Business Building, Room 233
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.
American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center
Unleash your creative side at the AU Museum by building terrariums inspired by the current Green Acres exhibition. All ages welcome.

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.
Rothfeld Collection of Israeli Art: Lecture and Guided Tour*
Abramson Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
In 2011 Donald Rothfeld gifted the American University Museum with a collection of more than works chronicling the history of Israel and spotlighting its contemporary art through the work of numerous prominent and emerging Israeli artists. Join Rothfeld, the collector: Jack Rasmussen, AU Museum director and curator; and several Israeli cultural historians for a public lecture and guided tour of the collection during its final weekend. The exhibit opens on September 7 and runs through October 21.

2:00 p.m.
The Rocky Horror Show
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
Butler Pavilion, Butler Board Room
Meet other families of current students in the SPA Leadership Program, and learn about their student's work.

4:00 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Patrick McDonough*
Join artist Patrick McDonough in a discussion about his exhibition brightveridiansentinelevents, on display through October 20.

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. 

8:15 p.m.
The Kennedy Political Union Presents Anderson Cooper, American University's 2013 Wonk of the Year SOLD OUT
Bender Arena (tickets required)
The Kennedy Political Union and American University are excited to announce the 2013 Wonk of the Year, Anderson Cooper. This is the 2nd Annual Wonk of the Year Award Ceremony, as President Bill Clinton received the award in 2012. Anderson Cooper is the anchor of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360°, a nightly newscast that goes beyond the headlines- keeping politicians and policy makers honest with in-depth reporting and investigations. Cooper also hosts AC360°Later, a provocative and informed panel discussion program, focusing on the day's news and events. Since the start of his career in 1992, Cooper has covered nearly all-major news events around the world, often reporting from the scene. In addition to his shows, Cooper has won numerous journalism awards including CNN's Peabody Award, 8 Emmy Awards, and the Edward R Murrow award. The Kennedy Political Union is honored to host Anderson Cooper, who will deliver remarks, followed by a Q&A session with students. 

American University parents and alumni are encouraged to attend this historic event. Reserved tickets for parents can be purchased for $15 through the All-American Weekend registration. Parents purchasing tickets for the KPU event may also reserve a FREE ticket for their AU student through the registration site. If a parent reserves a ticket for their AU student, that student will NOT need to acquire a ticket during regular ticket distribution. Please contact with any questions. Please reserve your tickets early, as there are limited quantities for parents and alumni.

Sunday, October 20

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
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 ($10.70) at the door. 

Seatings at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and Noon
Sparkling Cider Brunch
Mary Graydon Center, University Club (reservations and tickets required)
Enjoy a sumptuous brunch created by AU Dining Services. Indulge in brioche french toast, applewood-smoked bacon, omelets to order, Eggs Chesapeake 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.

1:00 p.m.
Field Hockey vs. UCONN*
Jacobs Field
Attend AU field hockey's "PHIL JACOBS" pack-the-place game as Coach Steve Jennings' Eagles battle UCONN. Go Eagles and cheer on AU as we "Phil" Jacobs!

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

2:00 p.m.
The Rocky Horror Show
Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre (tickets required)
See Friday, 8:00 p.m., for more information

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