American Univesity of Beirut

Information for Graduate Students


​President’s message to Graduating Students​​​

Dear graduate and undergraduate candidates for graduation,

The upcoming 150th Commencement Exercises will be held on the University Athletic Green Field on two consecutive evenings.

The Honorary Doctorate and Graduate Commencement Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 31 2019 at 8:00 pm, and the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 8:00 pm.

Below you will find a message from the Registrar's Office with critical information you will need in order to receive your diploma and participate in the commencement exercises.

Best of luck in finishing up the semester and I look forward to congratulating you personally during the commencement ceremony.

Fadlo R. Khuri, MD 

Message From The Registrar:

Dear Students,

Congratulations on your academic achievements. I am pleased to share with you this important information as you prepare to receive your diploma at the upcoming Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies.

Academic Regalia

All candidates are required to wear the appropriate academic regalia (GOWN, CAP, and HOOD) for the ceremony. Academic regalia are available in West Hall (Room B20; ext: 3155) for the FAS, FAFS, FHS and OSB and in Post Office (ext. 2192) for MSFEA, FM and HSON. In addition, it is recommended that all female candidates wear a white dress or a plain color dress. No jewelry or decoration should be worn on the gown. It is recommended that male candidates wear a dark suit with a white shirt and a plain color necktie.


During the Honorary Doctorate Ceremony and Graduate Commencement Ceremony (on Friday, May 31, 2019) and the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony (on Saturday, June 1, 2019), due to the much higher number of graduating students, empty diploma jackets will be distributed to graduating students. This will ensure a more efficient, smooth flow of the ceremony.

The Registrar's Office at College Hall will remain open until 12:00 am on both May 31 and June 1 to distribute diplomas to those who need to retrieve them. In order to be able to do that, all interested students must send an email to: by Friday, May 24, 2019.

To avoid crowding and long queues, we strongly urge all students remaining in Lebanon beyond commencement weekend to visit the Registrar's Office to retrieve their diplomas during regular working hours starting Monday, June 3, 2019. Each student will be required to present a photo ID and will be asked for signature upon receipt of diploma. You are kindly requested to bring your diploma jacket with you.

Graduate Ceremony

A rehearsal for the Graduate Commencement Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 5:30 pm at the University Athletic Green Field. All graduate candidates for graduation must attend the rehearsal. Candidates who cannot attend the rehearsal need to present a valid excuse here by Friday, May 24, 2019. Names of unexcused candidates who are not present at the rehearsal will be removed from the seating plan and the candidates will not be able to receive their degrees during the commencement ceremony.

For the Academic Procession on May 31, the graduate candidates must congregate at the south end of the Athletic Green Field no later than 6:30 pm. Candidates should enter from the ramp leading down to the Athletic Green Field, between the Charles W. Hostler Student Center and the Green Field. Candidates who arrive later than 6:30 pm will not be allowed to join the procession.

Please be reminded that you may choose not to attend. If you choose to attend, you are expected to behave in an orderly manner and give the occasion the dignity it deserves. Candidates should remain in their places until the end of the commencement ceremony.

Surprise Performance ​

A surprise performance will take place at the end of each commencement ceremony. We hope you will enjoy this celebratory experience.


Graduate student candidates are entitled to FIVE tickets each for the Honorary Doctorate and Graduate Commencement Ceremony on May 31, 2019.

Tickets will be given to candidates who have secured their academic regalia and will be attending the ceremony.

For candidates who had completed their graduation requirements in October 2018 or February 2019, tickets will only be offered to those who have officially notified the Registrar's Office of their intention to attend and participate in the commencement ceremony by filling out the Exit Survey during the clearance process. Candidates who will complete their graduation requirements in May 2019 but choose not to attend the ceremony must also inform the Registrar's Office through the Exit Survey during clearance.

If you have already filled out the Exit Survey but would like to modify your confirmation, you need to complete a special form (Form CE 1 for October 2018 and February 2019 graduates, and Form CE 2 for May 2019 graduates) no later than Friday, April 26, 2019. Candidates who will complete their graduation requirements in May 2019 and will attend the commencement exercises do not need to fill out any forms.

All information pertaining to Commencement 2019 is available online through the following link: .

Hala Abou Arraj, PhD 
Interim Registrar ​​

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