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Commencement 2014

  • AU Commencement

SOC Student Speaker Application Process

Each year, one undergraduate student and one graduate student are selected to serve as student commencement speakers at the May commencement ceremony.  

Eligible students are invited to apply via email in early December. This invitation is automatically sent to all graduate students as well as undergraduates with a 3.7 cumulative GPA or higher. Undergraduates with a cumulative GPA lower than 3.7 may apply via a nomination from an SOC faculty, staff, or student. Student commencement speakers must be eligible to participate in the May commencement ceremony.

The student speaker application is due at the end of January each year. The application asks for a list of activities, awards, and post-graduation plans. It also asks for a commencement speech draft of no more than three minutes

Finalists are invited to perform their speech for the selection committee, including Dean Rutenbeck, with final selections made by the end of March. 


Commencement 2014

American University’s 128th commencement ceremonies will feature the conferral of undergraduate and graduate degrees, recognition of the University and Student Achievement Award winners, commencement addresses, and remarks by President Neil Kerwin. All ceremonies will be held in Bender Arena, located on AU’s main campus. Full 2014 commencement information.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

  • 9:00 a.m.: School of Communication Ceremony

SOC Student Speakers and Flag Bearers

Student Speakers

  • Angeli Gabriel – Graduate Student Speaker, Watch Video
  • Barbara Sprunt – Undergraduate Student Speaker, Watch Video

Flag Bearers

  • Kelsey Balimtas - B.A. in Public Communication
  • Dana Bramble - B.A. in Film and Media Arts
  • Sarah Gray - M.A. in Public Communication
  • Tyler Osborne - B.A. in Film and Media Arts & Audio Production

Commencement Speaker

SOC Sheila Johnson

Sheila C. Johnson named the 2015 SOC commencement speaker.

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Graduate Speaker

SOC Angeli Gabriel

Graduate student commencement speaker Angeli Gabriel overcomes fear, finds success.

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Undergrad Speaker

SOC Barbara Sprunt

SOC undergraduate speaker, Barbara Sprunt, discusses her formula for success.

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Emerging From Tragedy

Through organ donation, American University master’s graduate Sarah Gray brings a message of hope.

Through organ donation, SOC master’s graduate Sarah Gray brings a message of hope.

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