Commencement | Mailings and Updates


Update for August 2013 Graduates & December 2013/May 2014 Expected Graduates


December 11, 2013

This is the second in a series of updates for students expected to graduate in December 2013 and May 2014 and recent August 2013 graduates. Check the portal to be sure your correct mailing and email addresses are on file. All mailings and updates will be posted on the commencement website.

Information in the December update includes:


Schedule for Commencement 2014

AU’s commencement ceremonies will be held May 10 and 11, 2014, in Bender Arena. August and December 2013 graduates and students who are expected to graduate in May 2014 and are declared eligible are invited to participate in the following ceremonies:

Saturday, May 10:

9:00 am School of Communication

1:00 pm Kogod School of Business

4:30 pm School of International Service

Sunday, May 11:

9:00 am School of Public Affairs

1:00 pm College of Arts and Services

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Commencement Guide for Graduates and Guests

In mid-November, the Commencement Guide for Graduates and Guests was mailed to the permanent home addresses of August graduates, December applicants, and students expected to graduate in May. The guide includes general information about preparing for commencement, cap and gown rentals, the weekend activities, etc.

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Information for August and December 2013 Graduates

Diplomas will be mailed on a rolling basis after grades have been recorded and your student record has been audited. December grads’ diplomas will indicate a graduation date of December 19. Most December grads receive diplomas between late January and March.

To walk in the May ceremonies, August and December 2013 graduates must simply rent a cap and gown which serves as their registration to participate. Regalia rental forms will be available to eligible students at beginning in mid-March 2014. Eligible students will receive a postcard in mid-March notifying them to place their order for rental regalia. Please contact the IT Helpdesk at 202-885-2550 or if you have any questions regarding your access to the portal.

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Information for May 2014 Graduates

If you intend to graduate in May, you must complete the online Application to Graduate form on the portal. The deadline for submitting graduation applications via the portal is Monday, March 31, 2014. All students, whether or not you plan to attend commencement, must complete this application. This form is separate from any clearance paperwork that you fill out for your school or college. If you have any questions, contact your academic advisor.

Submission of the Application to Graduate form triggers a review of your academic record, puts you on track to receive future commencement mailings and updates, and helps to ensure that your name is listed in the printed commencement program.

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Purchase Doctoral Regalia by March 10

Doctoral degree recipients interested in purchasing regalia (approximate cost: $800) should contact associate registrar Michael Hunnicutt (202-885-2232, for information. The deadline to purchase doctoral regalia for commencement is March 10, 2014.

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Please contact your academic advisor if you have questions regarding the Application to Graduate or other academic-related issues. If you have questions regarding the ceremonies, please contact Lisa Arakaki (202-885-2430) in the Special Events Office or email

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