Congratulations to all of our graduates! Commencement is a milestone - one of life's landmark occasions, a time when graduates, family members and friends gather to celebrate past and future.
May 18 th at 10 AM
Watch the recording of our 2019 Commencement:
Graduates - be sure to go through our Graduation Checklist!
A family breakfast buffet is offered on Saturday morning from 7:15 to 9:00 AM in the Knight Club, Powell Campus Center. The cost is $11 per person (including graduating student). Tickets may be obtained through advance sales ONLY. Information regarding reservations and payment for the breakfast will be mailed out in April from the Office of Summer & Parent Programs.
Individual college receptions (generally with appetizers, punch and cookies) are held after the ceremony in designated buildings on campus. (a map and specific information will be included in the Commencement program).
Parking spaces are very limited; the spaces behind McLane are for our parents/families with handicapped needs but again on a limited, first-come/first-serve basis. See the available parking lots throughout campus. We have shuttle buses that will be available to ride from any/all campus parking lots to McLane Center prior to Commencement and back to the lots after the ceremony. Individuals with special parking permits will be able to drop off people around the back of the McLane Center. If there are no more spots available, you will need to park in one of the parking lots throughout campus. The shuttle bus will continue to run after the ceremony.
The Office of Summer & Parent Programs oversees requests for special seating at Commencement. A limited number of seats for those who have difficulty walking or who need wheelchair access may be reserved via the online Reservation Form (see the letter sent out by the Office of Summer & Parent Programs in early April). We regret that, due to limited space, we can only accommodate one companion with the individual needing special seating. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that accessible seating will be available to accommodate those who do not make arrangements in advance.
The University has contracted with Island Photography to provide pictures of graduates. Every graduate will be photographed during the ceremony. Pre-registration for a custom photo gallery is now open. Please also note additional photos may be taken by family and friends.
Graduates and parents with questions about the individual portraits taken immediately after they received their diplomas are asked to contact Island Photography directly: 800-869-0908 or 516-767-1234.
Due to the Board of Trustees meetings on campus prior to Commencement and their attendance at the ceremony, there are no rooms available at the Saxon Inn. Rooms in our residence halls can be reserved on campus for families; a mailing is sent out with details and reservation forms in April from the Office of Parent Programs. The deadline for making reservations is AApril 26.
The cost for on-campus lodging is $38 per person/per night. This includes linens (2 bed sheets (1 flat; 1 fitted), 1 pillow, 1 blanket and 1 towel and washcloth per person). There will be an additional charge for linen or room key not left in the room upon departure. Parents arriving after 4:00 PM on Friday must make arrangements for their graduate to pick up their room key and meal tickets (if applicable).
Reservations for on-campus housing and meals are taken through our Cashnet registration system*. During registration you will be able to request special seating at Commencement for family members in need (wheelchair, walker, scooter, cane, etc.). See Seating Accommodations section above for more details.
*Please note: the Cashnet registration system works best when using Google Chrome.
Should you wish to make your reservations at another location, here is a list of area accommodations for other options. You will need to contact them directly to place your reservations with the accommodation of your choice. And remember, it's is highly encouraged that you make your reservations early.
The complete unit (cap, gown, hood and tassel) can be purchased from the AU Bookstore. All measurements are taken at the Bookstore. Purchase of the complete unit is required.
The price for a Bachelor's complete unit is $70.49 including tax. The price for a Master's complete unit is $75.05 including tax. Payment is required at the time of ordering. Cash, check and credit cards are accepted. Orders must be placed by March 28th.
Orders are available for pick-up the week of graduation. Diploma frames are also now available at the Bookstore.
Questions regarding regalia, announcements or reserving flowers should be directed to the Bookstore via email.