The 70th Commencement Ceremony of American Jewish University will be held on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 11 am at the Familian Campus in Los Angeles, California. To attend or obtain ticketing information, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs and as to speak with Emmett Shoemaker, emmett.shoemaker [at] or call (310) 440-1539. 

This year, AJU will be awarding the Doctor of Humane Letters – Honoris Causa to the following recipients: 

Reverend James Lawson
Activist and Professor

Dr. Laurie Zoloth
University of Chicago Divinity School Margaret E. Burton Professor of Religion and Ethics; Senior Advisor to the Provost for Programs on Social Ethics

Mickey Weiss Award for Outstanding Alumni
Shoham Nicolet
Chief Executive Officer, Israeli American Council
BA/MBA Class of 2004, Summa Cum Laude


Commencement and Ordination Receptions and Events:

Friday, May 15 | 8 am: The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies will be hosting a Talit and Blessings ceremony for the 2019 ordinands in the Shapiro Synagogue.  The morning will begin with Shacharit, learning with Rabbi Artson, and will be followed with the blessing ceremony.  

Monday, May 18: The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies has planned a full day of ordination related events.  The day kicks off with a morning of study and the conferral of honorary doctorates to the Rabbinic Class of 2000 in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their ordination from the Ziegler School.