The 69th Commencement Ceremony of American Jewish University will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2019 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@aju.edu or call (310) 440-1539. 


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

Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D. (Commencement Speaker)
Raymond F. Schinazi Distinguished Research Chair in Jewish Bioethics
Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Sociology
Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University

Barbi Weinberg
Founding President and Chairman Emerita at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Marvin I. Schotland
President and Chief Executive Officer
Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles

Mickey Weiss Award for Outstanding Alumni
Rabbi Bill Kaplan
Executive Director, Shalom Institute
MBA, Class of 1999


Commencement and Ordination Receptions and Events

Thursday, May 16 | 5:30 pm: Graduate School of Nonprofit Management will be giving alumni and student awards at a graduation celebration and dinner reception in the Berg Dining Hall, in honor of 16 graduates who will be receiving a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management or a Master of Business Administration in Nonprofit Management.   

Thursday, May 16 | 7:30 pm:  Graduate Center for Jewish Education will be honoring 10 graduates receiving the Master of Arts in Education or the Master of Arts in Teaching at a special reception and awards ceremony being held in the Sperber Library.  

Friday, May 17 | 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.  

Friday, May 17 | 12 pm: College of Arts and Sciences is holding a senior lunch in the Auerbach Student Union in honor of the 16 students who will be conferred Bachelor of Arts degrees. 

Monday, May 20: 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 1999 in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their ordination from the Ziegler School.  Later in the day, the Ziegler School is hosting an Ordination dinner where they will be honoring Fredi Rembaum for her efforts on behalf of the Zacharias Frankel College of Rabbinical Studies. Dinner is followed by Mincha, the Ordination itself, and a closing reception, as the community welcomes 14 Ziegler School graduates to the rabbinate.