Commencement | Schedule of Events



There will be a number of events honoring graduates in the days leading up to graduation. The main events are listed below. Click here for a full list of important dates and deadlines.

All commencement ceremonies take place in Bender Arena on AU's campus and last approximately 2 hours. Tickets are not required for admission to the ceremonies. 

Graduates should report to line-up areas 45 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony and sit with colleagues in their academic program. Graduates do not cross the stage in alphabetical order and may sit with friends within their academic program.

Rental regalia can be picked up at the Campus Store during regular business hours from May 7 through May 10 and during the commencement ceremonies on May 10 and May 11. All regalia, except the tassel, must be returned by 6:00 p.m. on May 11.


Friday, May 9

10:30 AM

Phi Beta Kappa Induction
Kay Spiritual Life Center
(invitation only, coordinated by CAS Dean’s Office)

  2:00 PM

University Honors Program Convocation
(Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Avenue at New Mexico Avenue, coordinated by University Honors Program)

  5:30 PM

Reception for University & Student Achievement Award Winners
Katzen Arts Center
(invitation only, coordinated by Campus Life)

  7:00 PM

Baccalaureate Service
Kay Spiritual Life Center
(ecumenical service, open to all, coordinated by Kay Spiritual Life Chaplains)

  8:00 PM

Toast to Graduates
Katzen Arts Center
(ticketed, coordinated by Alumni Programs)

Saturday, May 10
9:00 AM

School of Communication ceremony
Bender Arena

  1:00 PM

Kogod School of Business ceremony
Bender Arena

  4:30 PM

School of International Service ceremony
Bender Arena

Sunday, May 11
9:00 AM

School of Public Affairs ceremony
Bender Arena

  1:00 PM

College of Arts & Sciences ceremony
Bender Arena

Sunday, May 18
1:00 PM

Washington College of Law ceremony
Bender Arena

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