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Commencement at American University

Commencement celebrates all that students have brought to the university during their time at AU.

All ceremonies will be live-streamed on the Commencement website.

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Commencement Details

  • Schedule
  • Know Before You Go


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Graduate Information

  • Eligibility
  • Registration & Regalia


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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Health & Safety
  • Day-of Instructions


Announcing Spring Commencement Speakers

Spring 2024 AU Commencement Speakers


AU Commencement Speakers Exemplify Impact, Excellence, Service

American University announces an inspiring slate of speakers for the 147th commencement, which kicks off May 10. They include a National Book Award nominee; a Golden Globe–winning actress; leaders in civil rights, national security, and bank regulation; and the new owner of the Baltimore Orioles.

See who's coming to speak at the Spring Commencement.