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Online Celebration and In-Person Commencement Procession Schedule

American University’s online celebration will take place on the commencement website. In-Person Commencement Procession opportunity will take place in-person in Bender Arena for graduates only. Families and friends are invited to watch a live stream of the In-Person Commencement Processions on the commencement site.

When registration opens, graduates will receive an email to their AU email accounts with a unique link to register for a 15-minute In-Person Commencement Procession time slot based on your school. Registration is required for the In-Person Commencement Processions. The deadline for main campus Spring 2021 eligible applicants is 5:00 p.m. EDT, Monday, April 26. The deadline for Class of 2020, WCL 2020, and WCL Spring 2021 has been extended to 5:00 p.m. EDT, Friday, April 30. The deadline extension does not apply to main campus Spring 2021 eligible applicants.  We are working as quickly as possible to make this experience memorable for graduates and comply with DC health requirements. Walk-ins will not be permitted. 

The In-Person Commencement Processions and all participants will follow comprehensive COVID-19 protocols including adhering to local government travel restrictions, completing the In-Person Commencement Procession Health and Safety Acknowledgment form prior to arrival on campus, wearing face coverings while on campus, and maintaining physical distancing. Graduates are asked not to participate if they are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms. Graduates must agree to follow these and other health and safety guidelines upon registration.

See the below Schedule of Events for specific event times.

Saturday, May 8 - Spring 2021 Graduates

11:00-11:30 a.m.
University Commencement Celebration (online)
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
School Commencement Celebrations (online)
3:30-4:30 p.m.
School of Communication and School of Education In-Person Commencement Procession
6:00-7:30 p.m.
School of International Service In-Person Commencement Procession

Sunday, May 9 - Spring 2021 Graduates

9:00-10:30 a.m.
School of Public Affairs In-Person Commencement Procession
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Kogod School of Business and School of Professional & Extended Studies In-Person Commencement Procession
2:30-4:00 p.m.
College of Arts and Sciences In-Person Commencement Procession

Saturday, May 15 - Class of 2020 Graduates

9:00-10:00 a.m.
School of Communication and School of Education In-Person Commencement Procession
12:00-1:30 p.m.
School of Public Affairs In-Person Commencement Procession
3:30-5:00 p.m.
College of Arts and Sciences In-Person Commencement Procession

Sunday, May 16 - Class of 2020 Graduates

10:00-11:30 a.m.
Kogod School of Business and School of Professional & Extended Studies In-Person Commencement Procession
1:30-3:00 p.m.
School of International Service In-Person Commencement Procession

Sunday, May 23 - Washington College of Law Graduates

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Washington College of Law School Celebration (online)
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Washington College of Law 2020 Grad In-Person Commencement Procession
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Washington College of Law Spring 2021 In-Person Commencement Procession