Sunday, May 18, 2014
Bender Arena
1:00 PM


American University Washington College of Law Celebrates Commencement 2014. Click here for Commencement highlights including videos and a list of award recipients.


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Commencement Information

WCL's ceremony will be held in Bender Arena on Sunday, May 18. The event will begin promptly at 1:00 pm (doors open at noon). The ceremony will last approximately two hours, and will be followed by a reception on the AU Quadrangle. Tickets are not required.

Commencement Celebration

Dean Claudio Grossman cordially invites graduates, their family, and their friends on behalf of the Washington College of Law community to a reception being held to honor our 2014 graduating class. The commencement reception will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Organization of American States, located at the 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. This is a great opportunity to celebrate our graduates' accomplishments in a spectacular setting. As one of the nicest buildings in Washington, DC, the OAS is the proper place to acknowledge their efforts and achievements in the presence of their families and the WCL community. Due to space constraints at the OAS, there will be two ceremonies: one from 5:00 to 7:00pm and one from 8:00 to 10:00pm.

Please send an e-mail to rsvpgraduation@wcl.american.edu expressing your preference as to which reception you will attend and with the number of guests in your party by Friday, May 9, 2014. Please note that there is a limit of five guests per graduate (a total of six including the graduate) to the reception.

Application for Graduation

Candidates for degrees should have filed a Notice of Intent to Graduate Form in the Office of the Registrar during the registration period at the start of their final semester of study. See MyWCL for deadline information. Only after application for graduation has been made can the Office of the Registrar begin processing the necessary information for final clearance for graduation. Students who fail to complete all degree requirements by the end of the term for which they applied to graduate must reapply in order to graduate later. The law school grants degrees at the end of each Summer, Fall, and Spring term. Commencement ceremonies are held in May to recognize students completing their degrees in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Students file an application to graduate for Summer, Fall, or Spring as they register for what they expect is their final term of study. The application triggers a review of the student's academic record to determine whether or not it is possible for the student to complete degree requirements at the end of that term. Students whose records indicate they are on schedule to graduate at the end of the term for which they have applied are invited to commencement.

Accommodations

We have made arrangements with the following hotels for discounts:

  • Embassy Suites at the Chevy Chase Pavilion: (May 15-May 20) $209.00 per night for King-bedded suites and $234 for Double-bedded suites. This rate does not include taxes or parking. Reservations may be made by calling the hotel directly at 202-362-9300 and asking for the American University College of Law commencement block. Reservations can also be made online at http://www.embassysuitesdc.com with the group code AUC. Reservations must be made by April 18th.

  • Courtyard by Marriott Chevy Chase: (May 16-May 19) $119 per night for one King-bedded and two Queen-bedded rooms. This rate does not include taxes or parking. Reservations may be made by calling the hotel directly at 301-656-1500 x7000 and asking for the AUWCL 2014 Commencement Room Block. Reservations can also be made online. Note: the group discount is directly included in the link once you click on it. Reservations must be made by April 17th.

  • Holiday Inn Georgetown: (May 16-19) $195.00 per night. This rate does not include taxes or parking. To make reservations, call 202-338-4600 and identify yourself as a member of the American University College of Law. Must make reservations before April 18th. Reservations can also be made online with group code: AU5

  • Washington Marriott Wardman Park: (May 16 and May 17) $199.00 per night. This rate does not include taxes or parking. To make reservations, call 202-328-2000 and identify yourself as a member of the American University College of Law Commencement Room Block. Must make reservations before April 25th.

Academic Regalia

To place an order to purchase or rent your academic regalia, please visit www.herffjones.com/college/graduation and enter American University Washington College of Law as the school. The deadline to order regalia online was April 10, 2014. Extra regalia will be available May 16-18 in the AU Campus Store. Regalia will be available on a first come basis; exact sizing cannot be guaranteed.

PICK-UP OF REGALIA:
Friday, May 16, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm,
Saturday, May 17, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm and
Sunday, May 18, beginning at 9:00 am in the Campus Store (Butler Pavilion) on the main campus above Bender Arena.

Photographs

Grad Images is asking graduating students to register their e-mail addresses ahead of Commencement to get their graduation proofs in a quick and timely manner. Students will also receive a coupon to save on photo orders. Register online.

Commencement Ceremony

Graduating LL.M. students should be robed and at the Amphitheater no later than 11:30 am for the group photo. Graduating J.D. students should be robed and at the Amphitheater no later than 11:45 am for the group photo. You will line up alphabetically for the academic procession at 12:15 pm. The ceremony will begin promptly at 1:00 pm.

Access for Persons with Disabilities

  • PARKING: Guests requiring disability parking will be permitted to park in the lots next to the Asbury and Osborn buildings (see campus map). We recommend that you arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the ceremony, when doors open to Bender Arena. Disability parking spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • ACCESSIBLE ENTRANCE: Drivers may also drop off guests with limited mobility at an accessible entrance before finding parking on campus. This entrance, located on the south side of Bender Arena across from the Asbury Building, allows for ground-level access to the arena floor. Public Safety staff will be present in the parking areas to direct vehicles to this entrance.

  • SPECIAL SEATING: A seating section, located next to the ground-level entrance to Bender Arena, will be available for senior citizens and persons with physical disabilities and their families. Reservations are not required. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign language interpreters will be provided. View the floor plan including the accessibility seating section.

For further information please call 202-274-4030. Admission tickets are NOT required and seating is open.

Graduation Reception

A reception for graduates and their guests will be held on the university campus quadrangle immediately following the ceremony. Tickets are not necessary.

Your Name

If you think your name might be mispronounced or do not want it read as it is to appear on your diploma, please contact your corresponding program staff member:

  • JD: Dean David Jaffe, 202-274-4030
  • Advocacy LLM: Tahniat Saulat, 202-274-4474
  • International Legal Studies Program (ILSP) LLM: Julie Yorkshire, 202-274-4112
  • Law & Government LLM and SJD: Leesa Klepper, 202-274-4389

Graduation Clearance

You may call the Office of the Registrar (202-274-4080) on Friday afternoon (May 16) AFTER 1PM and we will tell you if you are clear at that time. Also, should a problem arise we will make every effort to call you immediately.

Alumnus/a in the Family?

Do you have a family member who is also a WCL alumnus/a attending graduation? If so, Dean Claudio Grossman and the Office of Development & Alumni Relations would like to extend an invitation to a brunch before commencement on May 18.

Please call Shelly Horn at 202-274-4163, or email her at shorn@wcl.american.edu with the names of the people who will be attending.

Safety Regulations

American University welcomes all guests. To ensure the comfort of our guests and in accordance with local fire safety laws, aisles must be kept clear at all times. Guests are asked to cooperate with ushers and public safety officers and to keep designated areas clear.

No large bags (backpacks, briefcases, duffel bags, etc.) will be permitted inside Bender Arena. Large signs, banners, noise makers and other objects that impede visibility or sound will not be permitted.