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Schedule of Events

All American University Commencement ceremonies take place in Bender Arena. Each ceremony lasts approximately two hours. 

Fall 2021

December 17-19

Regalia distribution for campus pick-up orders and limited walk-in orders at AU Campus Store

December 19

Fall Commencement ceremonies

Fall Commencement recognizes students who receive degrees in August and September 2021 and eligible degree candidates. The ceremonies will feature the conferral of undergraduate and graduate degrees, the commencement address, and remarks by President Sylvia Burwell.

9:00 a.m.: College of Arts & Sciences, Kogod School of Business, Office of Professional Studies, and School of Education

1:30 p.m.: School of Communication, School of International Service, School of Public Affairs, and Washington College of Law

Spring 2022

May (TBD)

Regalia distribution for campus pick-up orders and limited walk-in orders at AU Campus Store

May 7-8

Spring Commencement ceremonies

Spring Commencement recognizes students who receive degrees in March 2022 and eligible degree candidates for May 2022 from AU’s main campus schools. The ceremonies will feature the conferral of undergraduate and graduate degrees, the commencement address, and remarks by President Sylvia Burwell.

May 7
9:00 a.m.: School of Communication and School of Education
1:30 p.m.: Kogod School of Business and Office of Professional Studies
6:00 p.m.: School of International Service

May 8
10:00 a.m.: School of Public Affairs
2:30 p.m.: College of Arts and Sciences