Universities and colleges throughout the metropolitan area have set spring commencements. Below is a list of those to be held during the coming week:

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, Massachusetts and Nebraska avenues NW -- Ceremonies will be Sunday for 1,600 students in five schools.

The College of Arts and Sciences commencement will be at 11 a.m. at Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. Hodding Carter III, of the State Department, is the speaker. Patrick Hayes, managing director of the Washington Performing Arts Soceity, will receive an honorary degree of doctor of humane letters.

The School of Nursing commencement ceremony will be at 9:30 a.m. at Kay Spirtual Life Center. The Speaker is Sister Rosemary Donley, dean of the Catholic University School of Nursing.

The College of Business Administration commencement will be at 2:30 p.m. at National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. Ernest L. Boyer, former U.S. commission of education and now president of the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching, will address the graduates.

The College of Public and International Affairs ceremony will be at 3:30 p.m. at Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. Alejandro Orfila, secretary general of the Organization of American States, will speak. Donald H. Riddle, chancellor of the University of Illinois, Chicago Circle, will receive an honorary degree of doctor of laws.

The Washington College of Law commencement will be at 4:30 p.m. at Washington Hebrew Congregation, Massachusetts Avenue and Macomb Street NW. George W. Ball, former U.N. ambassador and former under-secretary of state, will speak. Ball will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.

HOWARD UNIVERSITY, 2121 Georgia Ave. NW -- Commencement ceremonies for 2,500 graduates will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the university stadium. The speaker is A. Leon Higginbotham Jr., a judge on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. He will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree. Other honorary degrees will be presented to W. Montague Cobb, former distinguished professor of anatomy at Howard and president of the NAACP; Marva N. Collins, director of the Westside Preparatory School in Chicago; Sen. Mark O. Hatfield (R-Ore.), and Howard Hamilton Mackey, former professor and head of the Howard School of Architecture and Planning.

SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY, 501 I St. SW -- Commencement for 250 graduates will be at 8 p.m. Monday at the Departmental Auditorium, Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th streets. The speaker is Alejandro Orfila, secretary general of the Organization of American States. Orfila will receive a honorary degree of doctor of international law. Other degrees will go to Flaxie Pinkett, president of John R. Pinkett Inc.; Mary Ellen F. Cabot, who took the first American ballet to the Peoples' Republican of China, and Ju Chung, chairman of the hyundai Shipbuilding and Heavy Industries Co.

UNIVERSITY OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA -- Commencement ceremonies for 1,000 graduates will be at noon Saturday at District of Columbia Armory. Mayor Marion S. Barry Jr. will speak.