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Lamar Burris Commencement

My AMU Commencement: A Full Circle Moment

I attended this year’s Commencement ceremony by earning my B.A. in English. Let me explain what Commencement meant to me.

I flew from Okinawa to participate in a weekend of fun. First, I attended the food drive and met some great people. Whoever came up with this idea deserves more than a pat on the back. It brought the graduates together, in a way that removed the feeling of not knowing anyone amongst so many new faces from all walks of life. Afterwards, I attempted to make the social events, but due to traffic I did not make it although my hotel was only seven miles away. No problem, because nothing was going to dampen my spirits. The coup de grâce was happening June 2nd at 3 p.m., and I thought gracing that stage as my name was called would be the cherry on top. It was not.

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Graduation 2015

Graduation 2015

With all of our students studying online from around the world, it’s rare that we have the opportunity to bring 1,000 or more of them together with our faculty and staff. APUS annually celebrates our graduating students from American Military University (AMU) and American Public University (APU) with a ceremony that allows any who graduated over the previous year to don a cap and gown and participate in our Commencement.

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Commencement 2012

Graduates line up for the graduation processional.

Last Thursday and Friday, American Public University System (APUS) hosted its annual commencement recognizing all students who graduated over the previous 12 months.  While degrees and diplomas are conferred and distributed quarterly, we have held an annual commencement ceremony in the Washington, DC area for more than a decade. 

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