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President's Media Gallery

The President's Media Gallery

This page contains video, audio, speech texts, and photos from important campus-wide events hosted by the Office of the President.

President's Commencement Address on Hate

Watch President Neil Kerwin address the recent racial incidents that occurred on campus at AU's 2017 Commencement.

May 22, 2017

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Interview, "In Assault on Regulation, Trump Follows Path of Mixed Results"

President Kerwin spoke with Bloomberg News reporter Todd Shields about agency task forces to monitor rulemaking.

February 24, 2017

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Interview: Rulemaking, "Episode 748: Undoing Obama"

President Kerwin spoke with NPR's Planet Money about government rules, which dictate how laws affect our daily lives.

January 18, 2017

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2016 Holiday Video, "AU Holiday Shuttle"

President Kerwin's holiday e-card, "AU Holiday Shuttle," was sent to the American University community. It reminds us that the people here make our community so special -- whether it's singing on a holiday bus, swapping stories, or just lending an ear.

December 13, 2016

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2016 Welcome Week

The Class of 2020 arrived on campus on August 20. New students participated in a variety of activities celebrating the start of the new academic year. Click on the links below to view photo galleries from some of the events.

August 26, 2016

Opening Convocation

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Video: 14 Tips for First-Years

President Kerwin and members of the AU community provide practical tips for the Class of 2020.

August 24, 2016

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Interview: AU's Past, Present & Future

President Kerwin spoke with WAMU 88.5's The Kojo Nnamdi Show about his experiences leading AU since 2005, AU's role in the region, and its future.

April 20, 2016

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Interview: The Reactive Leader

President Kerwin and others share advice on handling unexpected incidents and responding instantaneously in a crisis, in an interview with The Chronicle of Higher Education.

February 29, 2016

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Op-Ed: In pursuit of a more inclusive university

President Kerwin discusses American University's efforts to promote a more inclusive environment on campus in the latest edition of The Eagle.

November 4, 2015

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Interview: AU Becoming More Selective

President Kerwin spoke with the Washington Post about AU's increased selectivity and other recent accomplishments.

October 13, 2015

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2015 Welcome Week

AU welcomed the Class of 2019 and celebrated the beginning of the fall semester from August 22-30. Click on the links below to view photo galleries from some of the events.

September 4, 2015

Opening Convocation

AU Night at Nats Park

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Presentation: Lobbying and the Regulatory Process

President Kerwin discussed federal regulation of lobbying during a presentation that aired on C-SPAN 3. The presentation was part of AU's biannual series on the role of lobbying in Washington.

January 9, 2015

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Holiday Video Card

President Kerwin's holiday e-card, "Clawed's Gift, was sent to members of the American University community. It features Clawed Z. Eagle as he helps AU to celebrate the holidays.

December 15, 2014

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Performance in "Our War"

President Kerwin narrated a portion of " Our War," a play on the lasting impact of the Civil War. The play was commissioned by Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater.

May 30, 2014

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2014 Video Message Series

President Kerwin reflects on American University's accomplishments over the past year in a series of video messages.

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Community of Service

Campus Plan and Philanthropy


SPA Workshop on Rule-Making

President Kerwin discussed rule-making and public advocacy in a workshop hosted by the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute at the School of Public Affairs.

May 30, 2014

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Charge to Graduates - Commencement 2014

President Kerwin issues his charge to graduates during American University's 128th commencement ceremonies.

May 11, 2014

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Washington Post Interview

President Kerwin shared leadership lessons in an interview with Washington Post On Leadership contributor Tom Fox.

December 13, 2013

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Holiday Video and Service Pledge

Members of the AU community joined President Kerwin on November 12 to kick off the holiday season and pledge service hours for the coming year. Click on the link below to add your service pledge and watch the 2013 holiday video.

December 6, 2013

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Spring Video Message

President Kerwin's spring video message offered highlights of the spring semester, including student award winners, facilities and construction updates, college affordability, and more.

May 7, 2013

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Twitter Town Hall

President Kerwin hosted a Twitter Town Hall for AU alumni. The event gave alumni the opportunity to share comments and ask questions about the future of the university.

February 26, 2013

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Fall Video Message

President Kerwin issued his fall video message, which includes highlights from the fall semester, including AU's rising academic standing, work of renowned faculty, and physical transformation on campus.

November 19, 2012

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President's Circle Dinner

President Kerwin hosted the President's Circle dinner, where he thanked alumni and donors for their generosity. During the event, Kerwin spoke about AU's progress and accomplishments over the past year.

October 18, 2012

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Honorary Degree Presentation: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Nobel Peace Prize winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi came to AU to speak to Burmese Americans and accept the honorary degree awarded to her in 1997 when she was under house arrest.

September 20, 2012

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AU Night at Nationals Park

Around 1,000 members of the AU community celebrated the university's ongoing partnership with the Washington Nationals. Watch President Kerwin throw out the first pitch before the game.

August 31, 2012

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Opening Convocation

The Class of 2016 joined President Kerwin and AU administration, faculty, and staff to celebrate the start of their AU careers.

August 24, 2012

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President's Welcome Video

President Kerwin welcomes the Class of 2016 to campus and highlights some of the many things that make American University a special place to study.

August 23, 2012

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Archived Media

April 30, 2012
Spring Video ( captioned video)
December 14, 2011
Holiday Video Card ( captioned video)
November 29, 2011
Fall Video ( captioned video)
October 20, 2011
President's Circle Dinner
September 7, 2011
Remarks on September 11
August 26, 2011
Opening Convocation ( photos)
August 19, 2011
President's Welcome Video
May 10, 2011
Spring Video
December 30, 2010
Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute Lecture
December 10, 2010
Holiday Video Card ( video)
November 17, 2010
Fall Video
October 29, 2010
Northeast Public Radio Interview
August 20, 2010
Opening Convocation 2010
August 14, 2010
Fall 2010 Welcome Video
May 9, 2010
Commencement 2010
August 21, 2009
Opening Convocation 2009
May 9, 2009
Commencement 2009
May 11, 2008
Commencement 2008
February 8, 2008
The Inauguration of Neil Kerwin ( speech text)
July 20, 2007
The Announcement of Neil Kerwin as AU's 14th President ( speech text)

President's announcements

Eric Friedheim Quadrangle

Read President Kerwin's most recent announcements and reports to the campus community.

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