AU’s commencement ceremonies this year featured addresses from notable speakers like CNN’s John King and US Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Luckily, since we live in the era of free high-quality web video, you can watch all those on AU’s official YouTube channel.
We’ve had a lot of exciting commencement speeches in the years before that, so what happened to those? AU has taped the ceremonies for years, and now the AU Library is stepping up to make them available.
Our collection coordinator Molly Hubbs has been hard at work digitizing old commencement tapes and putting videos of the big speeches online for anyone to view for free. The collection is still a work in progress (there’s 16 video right now), but you can watch commencement addresses from David Gregory, Diane Rehm, Tim Russert, and others. We expect over 50 videos in the collection when it’s complete.
These videos are a cool piece of AU history that you previously couldn’t see, now available to the whole AU community with the help of the library. Go ahead, spend a lazy summer afternoon diving back through the school’s history.