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Plan the Weekend Things to Know

A series of events will be held over Commencement Weekend to celebrate graduates. See the schedule of events for the whole weekend.

American University is proud to be an inclusive community. The university provides support for international graduates and guests who wish to travel to Washington, D.C. for commencement, and also has many accessibility resources to ensure disabled graduates and guests can enjoy commencement weekend.

Remote Viewing

All ceremonies will be livestreamed on UStream and will appear in AU's video archive a few days after commencement.

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Graduate with flowers

Flowers & Mementos

The Campus Store sells diploma frames and other mementos, and a local florist sells bouquets in front of the Arena on commencement days.

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Public Safety

  • Any graduate or guest exhibiting disruptive behavior during line-up or the ceremony, as determined by university commencement staff or AU PD, 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. 

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Travel & Accomodations

American University has negotiated discounted rates with area hotels located conveniently to the campus. 

Getting There