Check out our newest digital collection – Commencement Videos

Do you remember your commencement speaker?  You can listen to some of the commencement addresses given at AU from the late 1980s through the early 2000s in the AU Digital Research Archive.




Commencement speakers typically offer advice and encouragement to the graduates as they launch the next phase of their lives. The twenty plus commencement speeches in this collection will allow researchers to compare them to see if there were common themes.

The featured speakers include educators, international dignitaries, journalists, politicians, and scientists.  Of note are Lonnie Bunch, Barney Frank, Stephen J. Gould, Diane Rehm, Elie Wiesel, and Andrew Young. We will be adding new content to this collection periodically.