In the face of an unprecedented health crisis, we are disappointed to share that we have had to make the very difficult decision of canceling American Jewish University’s 70th Commencement and the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies Ordination, as well as all receptions and gatherings that are held in the days leading up to both ceremonies.  While the public ceremonies will not be held in May, you will become graduates of American Jewish University and will be awarded your degrees.  Ziegler graduates will be ordained and welcomed to the rabbinate.  

Commencement is a meaningful and momentous day for our graduates, their loved ones and our entire AJU community and we strive to make it a very special occasion. Ordination is as equally meaningful as we welcome our Ziegler students to the rabbinate.  While the formal commencement and ordination ceremonies will not take place this May, the Academic Affairs department and each of your Deans are actively working to plan a range of alternative approaches to honor and celebrate you and your amazing accomplishments, including the potential for in-person gatherings within each of your schools once travel and group events are permitted. Graduating students should look for a separate message from each of your Deans with details and information as we look forward to honoring you – our students - your achievements, accomplishments and contributions.   

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we determine alternatives and hope that future events will provide an opportunity for you to reunite with your classmates and cohorts to celebrate all your accomplishments among family and friends.