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Weekend Itinerary

Itinerary Details 

We have a number of great events planned for commencement weekend and we hope to see you there!

Friday, June 17, 2022

  1. 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – University Wide Convocation

    We invite you and your guests to join fellow graduates, faculty, staff, ambassadors, and alumni for our annual commencement address from our University President, guest and student speakers, and award presentations. Please dress in your academic regalia for this event.

  2. 3:00  - 5:00 p.m. – Grad Fest

    Gather with fellow alumni to learn about what it means to be an AMU and APU alumnus. There will be prizes and giveaways, and you can learn about all the amazing university programs available to alumni. Tickets or wristbands are not required for entry into this event.

  3. 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. – University Welcome Reception

    We invite you and one adult guest to join fellow graduates, faculty, staff, ambassadors, and alumni for light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Wristbands are required for entry into this event.

Saturday, June 18, 2022

8:00 – 8:50 a.m. – Graduate Check-In & Processional Line Up

Graduates are required to register their attendance for the 9:00 a.m. ceremony. Graduates must have a photo ID at check-in.

Please arrive at your line up location no later than 8:30 a.m. to finalize your academic dress, receive a briefing on the ceremony and to line up.

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. – Guest Seating

The Potomac Ballroom will open for guest seating at 8:00 a.m. Tickets are required for all guests and children over the age of two years old. Ceremony doors will close briefly at 9:00 a.m. for the procession of graduates. All guest arriving after this time will be seated after the processional and invocation.

8:50 a.m. – Ceremony Processional

The processional will begin at 8:50 a.m.

9:00 a.m. – Ceremony Doors Close

The ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp. All guests should be seated inside Potomac Ballroom at this time. Doors will be closed for the invocation.

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. – School of Security and Global Studies Ceremony

The ceremony will last approximately one hour.  Doors will be closed shortly at the end of the ceremony while the graduates recess out of the ballroom.  

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. – Graduate Check-In & Processional Line Up

Graduates are required to register their attendance for the 12:30 p.m. ceremony. Graduates must have a photo ID at check-in.

Please arrive at your line up location no later than 12:00 p.m. to finalize your academic dress, receive a briefing on the ceremony and to line up.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Guest Seating

The Potomac Ballroom will open for guest seating at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are required for all guests and children over the age of two years old. Ceremony doors will close briefly at 12:30 p.m. for the procession of graduates. All guest arriving after this time will be seated after the processional and invocation.

12:20 p.m. – Ceremony Processional

The processional will begin at 12:20 p.m.

12:30 p.m. – Ceremony Doors Close

The ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. sharp. All guests should be seated inside Potomac Ballroom at this time. Doors will be closed for the invocation.

12:30 – 2:00 p.m. – School of Business Ceremony

The ceremony will last approximately one hour.  Doors will be closed shortly at the end of the ceremony while the graduates recess out of the ballroom.  

3:00 – 3:50 p.m. – Graduate Check-In & Processional Line Up

Graduates are required to register their attendance for the 4:00 p.m. ceremony. Graduates must have a photo ID at check-in.

Please arrive at your line up location no later than 3:30 p.m. to finalize your academic dress, receive a briefing on the ceremony and to line up.

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Guest Seating

The Potomac Ballroom will open for guest seating at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are required for all guests and children over the age of two years old. Ceremony doors will close briefly at 4:00 p.m. for the procession of graduates. All guest arriving after this time will be seated after the processional and invocation.

3:50 p.m. – Ceremony Processional

The processional will begin at 3:50 p.m.

4:00 p.m. – Ceremony Doors Close

The ceremony will begin at 4:00 p.m. sharp. All guests should be seated inside Potomac Ballroom at this time. Doors will be closed for the invocation.

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. – School of Arts, Humanities & Education; School of Health Sciences; School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Ceremony

The ceremony will last approximately one hour.  Doors will be closed shortly at the end of the ceremony while the graduates recess out of the ballroom.  

Note

All attendees over the age of two must have a ticket to enter the ceremony ballroom on Saturday, June 18.

Getting Around the Gaylord

The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center is a large complex. This map will help you locate the commencement events. In addition, university staff will be positioned throughout the building to help guide you.

Gaylord Exhibit Hall Map