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Welcome Week Schedule

Welcome Week @ Night

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Late Night Breakfast

10:00 PM-12:00 AM

Come join us at Late Night Breakfast, an AU tradition for every Welcome Week! This will be an awesome chance to get some free food, take a couple of photos, and meet new people as we welcome you to American University!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Late Night @The Rec

9:30 PM-12:00 AM

Zumba, Video Games, Cornhole, & More! Join us for Late Night @ The Rec, a fun-filled night of games, free food, and recfit classes.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Films and Food Trucks

9:00-11:30 PM

Remember voting for your favorite movie at Eagle Summit? Come find out who the winner was, and enjoy free food from Food Trucks out on the quad! There will be lawn games and more!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Kay Spiritual Center Open House

7:00-8:30 PM
Kay Spiritual Center (Lower Level)

Join us for a fun introduction to AU's vibrant and diverse interfaith community.  Whether you are looking for a specifc religious community or are curious to lean about the different religious traditions, Chaplains and Kay staff will be gathered in the lounge to provide resources about our services and programs.  Light refreshments will be served.

Upright Citizens Brigade

10:00 PM-12:00 AM
Amphitheatre/Tavern (rain)

UCB Tour Co selects the best of the best in comedy from New York and LA and is bringing them here to AU for a laugh-filled night. Famous alums include Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, & Ed Helms!  

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Explore DC

All Day

Through Explore DC, you will navigate and learn about Washington DC through a targeted lens. You will meet other new students, and understand why AU considers DC to be our laboratory of learning. You can select from a list of topics and register here. 

Bingo in Bender

10:00 PM-12:00 AM

In DC, we are all about a little friendly competition! The evening will be facilitated by some of DC's finest drag queens! Prizes will include a GoPro, Busch Gardens Tickets, & More!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Explore DC cont.

All day

Quad after Dark

9:00 PM-1:00 AM

Enjoy a late summer night when the quad is transformed into a fun-filled event for all! Inflatables, fitness classes, giveaways, free food, a DJ, and so much more will be there for everyone to enjoy!

Friday, August 26, 2016

All-Campus Dance & Game Night

10:00 PM-1:00 AM
MGC First Floor

Get ready to get your groove & game on at our Dance & Game night in MGC. One half of the space will be filled with games and activities, and the other with a dance floor and DJ. You don't want to miss this amazing event! Theme to be announced at the end of summer, so stay tuned!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

SUB Concert, Featuring Charli XCX with Color Palette

8:00 PM-12:00 AM
Bender Arena

SUB's first show of the year will be Charli XCX!  The London based singer/songwriter is known for hits such as "Boom Clap", "Doing It", and "Break The Rules".  She is also responsible for writing and singing on the #1 smash single, "Fancy" with Iggy Azalea and her unmistakable voice and songwriting is featured on Icona Pop's 2012 double platinum hit "I Love It".  She will be performing live at American University on August 27th in Bender Arena!  Doors open at 8:00 PM and the show starts at 9:00! 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Capitol Steps


Student Government's Kennedy Political Union presents Capitol Steps! This political satire group, made up of current and former congressional staffers, will have you laughing until you cry. This annual tradition is always a hit!

Convocation Weekend

Opening Convocation

Friday, August 26, 2016

First Year Students Assemble

10:00 AM
Friedheim Quad (rain or shine)

Enjoy refreshments provided by the American University Alumni Association and get your “official” Class of 2020 T-shirt to wear for the convocation processional.Bagpipers will lead your class from the quad to Bender Arena at approximately 10:30 am.Your AU academic journey begins as you pass through Glover Gate, rub the talons on the eagle statue, and enter Bender Arena to the cheers from faculty and staff.

Incoming Transfer Students Assemble

10:00 AM
Battelle-Tompkins Atrium

Transfer students will gather for refreshments and an opportunity to meet other transfer
students.A limited number of Class of 2018 and 2019 T-shirts will be available to wear.Join the procession from the quad to Bender Arena at approximately 10:30 a.m.

Opening Convocation

11:00 AM (faculty, staff, and returning students gather at 10:30 a.m.)
Bender Arena

Join President Neil Kerwin, the administration, faculty, and staff as we open the academic year and formally welcome the Class of 2020 and incoming transfer students.Highlights of the event include remarks by President Kerwin, Student Government president Devontae Torriente, and Scholar-Teacher of the Year Mark Laubach. Faculty, staff, and returning students will gather on the roadway and in the Bender lobby at 10:30 a.m. to greet the students as they enter the arena.

Friday, August 26

All-American BBQ

4:30-6:30 PM
Friedman Quad (Rain location: TDR, Tavern)

Join fellow students for dinner including all your barbecue favorites! It is a great place to meet and make new friends. Sponsored by AU Dining.

Monday, August 29 (rain date: Wednesday, August 31)

Celebrate AU!

2:00-4:00 PM
Friedheim Quad

President Kerwin invites you for an afternoon of greeting new colleagues, get to know other students, and catching up with old friends. Enjoy music, food, and more! Sponsored by the Office of the President.