American Univesity of Beirut

Information for Undergraduate 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 


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.


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.


A rehearsal for the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will be held at the University Athletic Green Field on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 5:30 pm. All undergraduate 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 June 1, the undergraduate candidates must congregate at the south end of the Athletic Green Field no later than 6:00 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 6:0​0 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.


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


Each undergraduate candidate for graduation is entitled to THREE tickets, provided they have secured their academic costumes and will be attending the ceremony.

For candidates who have completed their course in October 2019 or in February 2020, tickets will only be provided to those who have officially notified the Office of the Registrar of their intention to participate in the ceremony by filling out the Exit Survey during the clearance process. Candidates who complete their course in May 2020 but choose not to attend the ceremony must also inform the Office of the Registrar through the Exit Survey during clearance.

If you have filled out the Exit Survey but would like to modify your confirmation, please complete a special form (Form CE 1 for October 2019 and February 2020 graduates, and Form CE 2 for May 2020 graduates) no later than May 14, 2020. If you complete your course in May 2020 and intend to receive your degree during the Commencement Exercises, you do not need to fill out any forms.

Extra tickets are made available at the Offices of the Deans of individual faculties, depending on venue capacity. Please coordinate with your respective faculty

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

Hala Abou Arraj, PhD 
Interim Registrar ​​​

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