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Weekend Itinerary

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

Friday, June 1, 2018

9:00 a.m. –  6:30 p.m. – Early Graduate Check-In
Graduates must check in with the University to collect their name badges and guest wristbands, receive event information and updates, and register their attendance for the ceremony. If you selected an adult representative to collect your wristbands, please ensure they check-in at our university registration kiosk upon arrival. Graduates and assigned representatives must have a photo ID at check-in.

9:30 a.m. – Service Event at Gaylord National Resort - Rise Against Hunger
All students, alumni, staff, and faculty are invited to attend our Class of 2018 Service Event. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the service event will begin at 10:00 a.m. We will package nutritious meals used primarily to support development programs and to save lives in developing countries around the world.

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Alumni Welcome Rally
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.

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. – 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.
 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Graduate Ceremony Schedule

8:00 – 9:45 a.m. – Graduate Ceremony Check-In
Master’s graduates who were unable to complete early check-in should register their attendance and collect their guest wristbands for the 10:00 a.m. Class of 2018 Graduate Ceremony. If you selected an adult representative to collect your wristbands, please ensure they check-in at the university registration kiosk upon arrival. Graduates and assigned representatives must have a photo ID at check-in.

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. – Guest Seating
The Potomac Ballroom will open for guest seating at 9:00 a.m. Wristbands are required for all guests and children over the age of two. Ballroom doors will close briefly at 10:00 a.m. for the procession of graduates. All guest arriving after this time will be seated after the processional and invocation.

9:00 a.m. – Graduate Ceremony Processional Line-Up
Please arrive at your line up location by 9:30 a.m. to finalize your academic dress, receive a briefing on the ceremony and to line-up.

9:50 a.m. – Graduate Ceremony Processional
The processional will begin at 9:50 a.m.

10:00 a.m. – Graduate Ceremony/Ballroom Doors Close
The Class of 2018 Graduate Ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. sharp. All guests should be seated inside the Potomac Ballroom at this time. Doors will be closed for the invocation.

Undergraduate Ceremony

1:00 – 2:45 p.m. – Undergraduate Ceremony Check-In
Associate and bachelor’s graduates who were unable to complete early check-in should register their attendance and collect their guest wristbands for the 3:00 p.m. Class of 2018 Undergraduate Ceremony. If you selected an adult representative to collect your wristbands, please ensure they check-in at the university registration kiosk upon arrival. Graduates and assigned representatives must have a photo ID at check-in.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Guest Seating
The Potomac Ballroom will open for guest seating at 2:00 p.m. Wristbands are required for all guests and children over the age of two. Ballroom doors will close briefly at 3:00 p.m. for the procession of graduates. All guest arriving after this time will be seated after the processional and invocation.

2:00 p.m. – Undergraduate Ceremony Processional Line-Up
Please arrive at your line up location by 2:30 p.m. to finalize your academic dress, receive a briefing on the ceremony and to line-up.

2:50 p.m. – Undergraduate Ceremony Processional
The processional will begin at 2:50 p.m.

3:00 p.m. – Undergraduate Ceremony/Ballroom Doors Close
The Class of 2018 Undergraduate Ceremony will begin at 3:00 p.m. sharp. All guests should be seated inside the Potomac Ballroom at this time. Doors will be closed for the invocation.

 
Note: All attendees must have their APUS wristband to enter ALL events.

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.

Conference center map