Commencement Speakers

Student Speakers

Each ceremony includes an address by a graduating student. If you would like to be considered as a student speaker, review the Featured Students information.

Keynote Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients

Each ceremony also includes a keynote address by a distinguished speaker who receives an honorary degree from American University. Remarks from past commencement speakers are available in our Highlights archive.

Spring 2022

American University Celebrates 143rd Commencement with Seven Dynamic Changemakers

Unparalleled Group of Speakers to Address 2022 Graduates over Two Weekends

Global leaders in journalism, public policy, sports, business and climate change will come together beginning May 7 to celebrate American University’s 143rd Commencement and honor approximately 3,200 graduates across seven schools. This year’s commencement speakers include World Trade Organization Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Climate Change Leader Gina McCarthy; NFL Broadcaster James Brown; Deputy Attorney General of the United States Lisa Monaco; CBS News Senior White House and Political Correspondent Ed O’Keefe; Economist and New York Times bestselling author Dambisa Moyo; and MSNBC Host Symone Sanders. Read more