Graduation and Commencement
The university confers degrees at the end of each summer, fall, and spring term. Commencement ceremonies are held mid-May, to recognize summer and fall graduates and spring degree candidates.
All coursework, all Incompletes, and all other degree requirements must be completed prior to the degree conferral date. A degree cannot be conferred unless all coursework has been graded. Students participating in exchange programs must complete all work and the term at the visited institution must be over prior to the date of the AU degree conferral date.
Additional information about graduation and commencement ceremonies can be found on the university's commencement page.
Applying for Graduation
Students file an application to graduate for summer, fall, or spring at the start of their final semester. The application triggers a review of the student's academic record to determine whether or not it is possible for the student to complete degree requirements at the end of that term. Late applications may result in the student's name being omitted from the commencement program and other printed materials and will delay the student's ability to rent commencement regalia.
Candidates for degrees should apply to graduate through their myau.american.edu account. Students apply for graduation during their last semester of study. The application is available under the "Academics" section of the portal. No fee is required.
|Spring 2014||August 1, 2013 - March 30, 2014|
|Summer 2014||January 1, 2014 - June 1, 2014
||May 1, 2014 - October 31, 2014
* Application dates are subject to change.
Only after application for graduation has been made can the student's academic advisor begin processing the necessary information for final certification of graduation.
Eligibility to Participate in Commencement
Students whose records indicate they are on schedule to graduate at the end of the term for which they have applied are invited to commencement, according to university policy. Undergraduate degree students who have met all university requirements (General Education, Mathematics and College Writing) for their degree, but have not completed up to two courses (up to a maximum of 8 credit hours) may participate in commencement activities if they have a current GPA of 2.0 or above; have at least 112 credit hours (hours earned plus spring registered hours); and have enrolled in the summer or fall following commencement for the course(s) needed to complete their degree requirements.
Master's degree students who have met all other university requirements for their degree, but lack one course (3 credit hours maximum) may participate in commencement activities if they have a current GPA of 3.0 or above; have completed successfully all required capstone experiences (e.g., thesis, research project, practicum, internship, comprehensive exam or other experience as determined by the graduate program) and have posted the results; and have enrolled in the summer or fall following commencement for the course needed to complete their degree requirements.
Students who are not completing degree requirements in May, but who wish to participate in commencement, must petition using the Eligibility to Participate in Commencement form.
The university strictly enforces this policy for attending commencement. Students planning to graduate at a particular time are responsible for maintaining an appropriate course load and completing degree requirements in time to be eligible for their targeted graduation.
The AU Posthumous Degree Policy governs the criteria for the awarding of posthumous degrees to undergraduate and graduate students, and applies only to students in degree-awarding undergraduate and graduate programs at American University.