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President's Video | Transcript

August 2013

I’m Neil Kerwin, president of American University. I’d like to welcome you to our campus for what promises to be a memorable fall semester.

I encourage you to make the most of your time here at American University. Get to know your professors. They are a remarkable and accessible group of men and women, who are among the preeminent experts in their fields. Our staff consists of exceptional professionals, as well. Get to know them, too. Consider our many student organizations or clubs, and join one or more that fits your interests. At some point in your work here, be sure to intern or volunteer, and do study abroad. Explore Washington D.C. It’s our home; it's a world-class city; and it’s a true laboratory for learning.

I look forward to seeing you at our Celebrate AU event on the Quad, at an Eagles game at some point during the year, or at a performance or show in the Katzen and the Greenberg Theatre.

Feel free to email me ( or attend the open forum in November. The entire university community joins me in wishing you the best as you create the next chapter in your American University story.