Update for August and December 2013 Graduates & May 2014 Expected Graduates
February 11, 2014
This is the third in a series of updates for August and December 2013 graduates and students who expect to graduate in May 2014. Check the myAU.american.edu 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 – SOC
- 1:00 pm – Kogod
- 4:30 pm – SIS
Sunday, May 11:
- 9:00 am – SPA
- 1:00 pm – CAS
Information for May 2014 Graduates
If you intend to graduate in May, you must complete the online Application to Graduate form on the myAU.american.edu 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.
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 myAU.american.edu beginning in mid-March 2014. Please contact the IT Helpdesk at 202-885-2550 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding your access to the portal.
Each school/college has at least one student speaker at commencement. The selection process is coordinated within each school/college and is beginning now. Your dean’s office or academic advisor can provide details. Keynote speakers are announced in early to mid-April.
National Anthem Singers
The Office of the President and Department of Performing Arts are seeking five graduating students to perform the National Anthem at each of the five American University commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11. Auditions are scheduled to take place Wednesday, March 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Katzen Arts Center. To sign up for an audition slot, please stop by Katzen 100 or email Jeanne Hisle (email@example.com) no later than Monday, March 3, at 5:00 p.m. Each performer will be assigned a three-minute audition slot. If you are unable to audition on a Wednesday, please email Jeanne before the deadline as some alternative times may be available.
Students should come prepared to sing the first verse of the National Anthem, a cappella, and memorized in a standard key comfortable for them (usually B-flat, A-flat, or G if necessary). Please bring a one-page resume with contact information.
Students who are selected will be assigned to one ceremony, receive a $100 honorarium, and will be listed in the commencement program. We cannot guarantee that singers will be assigned to their own graduation ceremony. Anthem singers must be cleared to participate in the May commencement ceremonies, are required to wear the AU cap and gown, and are responsible for its rental. The Special Events office will brief the singers in the days prior to graduation.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org) for information. The deadline to purchase doctoral regalia for commencement is March 10, 2014.
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Regalia Rental Process
Bachelor’s and master’s graduates rent regalia, beginning around March 20; the rental fees are approximately $41 (bachelor’s), $91 (master’s), and $114 (doctoral). Our March postcard will be sent to your local address (or permanent address, if August/December graduate) once you are “eligible” to graduate—meaning, you applied to graduate and your advisor has found you on track to complete all requirements. The postcard will have a list of ”next steps” to rent regalia and register to participate in the May commencement ceremonies.
Student Award Nominations
Seventeen awards are given at commencement to exceptional graduating students (or August/December 2013 graduates). Awardees receive cash prizes from $250 (Student Achievement Awards) to $1000 (President’s Award). Visit the University Awards website for more information. Nominations are due by March 23.
Dual Degree vs. Double Major
Dual degree students fulfill the requirements for two bachelor’s programs and earn a total of 150 credit hours. These students can participate in either or both schools’ ceremonies, are listed twice in the commencement program (once for each school/college) and receive two separate diplomas. Double major students are expected to participate in their “home” school’s ceremony, are listed once in the commencement program, and receive one diploma. Check your degree audit report to see which program is listed first (and identifies your “home” school). See your advisor if you have questions.
Students Joining the Armed Forces
The commencement printed program includes a section recognizing students joining the Armed Forces after graduation. To be included, email the following info by March 31 to email@example.com: Name, School or College, Branch of Military (ex. John Smith, School of Communication, Chemical Corps, US Army).
Documentation for International Guests
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.