WCL Commencement Update

April 30, 2020

As President Burwell announced on March 30, the achievements of the WCL Spring 2020 graduates will be honored at two times – first, with an online celebration in May and then, at special commencement ceremonies in December. 

Online Commencement Celebration

Please mark your calendars for an online commencement celebration scheduled for Saturday, May 9 at 1:00 p.m. EST.  We are proud to have keynote remarks provided by Henry Louis Gates Jr., renowned professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University and creator and host of Finding Your Roots.  We encourage you and your family to watch this modified commencement ceremony, celebrating the Spring 2020 graduates.

The commencement celebration will air on the AU commencement website beginning at 1:00 p.m. on May 9; registration is not required.  A digital program listing the names of graduates and degree candidates (as of mid-April) will be available on the commencement site in the days leading up to the online commencement celebration. Graduates are invited back to participate in special December ceremonies where they will be individually recognized; names will not be called on May 9. 

Regalia Orders

Many graduates have expressed interest in obtaining regalia for photos this spring. The portal for regalia is open for students who wish to rent now. Herff Jones will allow you to hold onto your regalia for the December ceremony if you plan to attend. The rental package will include a label to return the rented items to Herff-Jones. To order regalia, please visit https://collegegrad.herffjones.com/. For questions about your regalia please contact representative Hudson Young: HYoung2@herffjones.com.


Diplomas will be mailed six to eight weeks after the end of the term.  Graduates can update their diploma mailing address up to the graduation date by re-visiting their graduation application in Eagle Service.  After May 17 any diploma mailing address changes should be sent to registrationservices@wcl.american.edu. Diplomas will be ordered on June 1.

In-Person Commencement Ceremonies for May 2020 Graduates

The special dedicated ceremonies for May, August, and December graduates will take place over the weekend of Friday, December 11 through Sunday, December 13, 2020.  To assist with planning, graduates will be surveyed after the semester ends regarding their plans to participate. Ceremony details will be communicated to graduates as soon as possible.

Sharing WCL Memories

As we celebrate the Class of 2020, we hope you’ll take the time to remember your favorite WCL memories on your social media accounts May 6-8. They will be curated together on a social wall on the AU commencement site with themes each day (DC and Campus Memories/Internships, Study Abroad, Community Engagement/Campus Activities), so gather your favorite photos to share using #2020AUGrad. You are also encouraged to email photos to the WCL Office of PR at news@wcl.american.edu and post photos to #AUWCLgrad and tag @au_wcl on Instagram any time between now and May 9 to have them shared on the law school Instagram account and website.