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Office of the President | President's Message


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August 19, 2011

We are very pleased that you've joined American University and our great city of Washington, D.C.

I hope you will enjoy this brief video message welcoming you to campus and showcasing some of the things that make AU special.

During your time here, you will learn that the AU “spirit” combines opportunities for academics, activism, and global awareness. I hope that you will take advantage of the many resources and opportunities that AU offers.

Please join me at Opening Convocation on Friday, August 26, to formally kick off the academic year and at Celebrate AU on Monday, August 29, to meet other members of the AU community.

I look forward to seeing you around campus soon. Feel free to contact me at


Neil Kerwin

Opening Convocation

AU Class of 2018

President Kerwin and AU administration, faculty, staff, and alumni welcomed the Class of 2018 to AU on August 22 with a celebration on the quad and opening convocation in Bender Arena.

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Celebrate AU

The AU community gathered on the Friedheim Quad for a campus-wide celebration on August 25 to mark the beginning of the fall semester.

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Discover D.C.

US Capitol Building

AU has been named the "Most Politically Active" school in the country. Find out why as you take advantage of our capital location and discover all that D.C. has to offer.

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