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Public Safety


American University welcomes all guests. To ensure the comfort of our guests and in accordance with local fire safety laws, aisles must be kept clear at all times. Guests are asked to cooperate with ushers and public safety officers and to keep designated areas clear.

No large bags (backpacks, briefcases, duffel bags, etc.) will be permitted inside Bender Arena. Large signs, banners, noise makers and other objects that impede visibility or sound will not be permitted.

Any graduate or guest exhibiting disruptive behavior during line-up or the ceremony, as determined by university commencement staff or Public Safety, are subject to removal.


No alcoholic beverages are permitted at the commencement ceremonies. This policy will be strictly enforced.

American University is committed to the promotion of a healthy and safe learning, living, and working environment. We are proud to be a tobacco- and smoke-free campus.


Articles may be deposited and retrieved at the Bender Arena concession stand, near the main entrance to the Arena. Unretrieved items of value (keys, wallets, phones) will be taken to Public Safety after commencement weekend. To contact Public Safety after commencement, call 202-885-2527.