Graduation

Congratulations to all our graduating students!

Graduation 2024

University Commencement

May 9 | 10 am | EagleBank Arena

President Gregory Washington will preside at the University Commencement ceremony in EagleBank Arena, which will feature student, faculty, and guest speakers. Guests also will enjoy live music during the event. Doctoral candidates will be individually recognized and hooded; bachelor and master graduates will be recognized as a group at their seats.

Learn more.


College of Public Health Degree Celebration

May 11 | 2 pm | EagleBank Arena

Reception to follow immediately after the Degree Celebration.

More details to be added in March 2024.


 

Graduation Winter 2023

Please join us as we celebrate our 2023 graduates.

December 14, 9:30 a.m. University Commencement Ceremony

Mason will hold an in-person ceremony for the Winter Class of 2023 at 9:30am EST on Thursday, December 14, at EagleBank Arena. Doors will open one hour prior to the start of the ceremony and seating is open and available on a general admission basis to anyone with a ticket. It is advisable to arrive at that time.

At the commencement ceremony, doctoral candidates are individually recognized and hooded; bachelor and master graduates are recognized as a group at their seats.  

As a reminder, tickets will be required for any guests of Mason graduates to enter EagleBank Arena for Winter Commencement. Please visit https://www.gmu.edu/graduation to reserve your tickets.

If EagleBank Arena reaches capacity, the overflow viewing area will be in the Concert Hall on Mason Pond Drive, across Patriot Circle from the arena. Shuttles will be available at the South Entrance to transport anyone needing assistance to the Concert Hall.

December 14, 5:30 pm, College of Public Health Degree Celebration Ceremony

This Winter, Degree Celebrations will be combined. The College of Public Health will hold an in-person graduation with CEC and BUS at 5:30 pm EST on Thursday, December 14.

  • Bachelors and Masters graduates are individually recognized and photographed on stage.
  • Celebrations include select speakers and performances.
  • Caps and gowns are worn.

Main doors open for guests one hour prior to the ceremony and tickets are required.

CEC, BUS, CPH: Tickets for the 5:30 pm Degree Celebration

Bachelors and Masters students can reserve up to 5 tickets for their Degree Celebration. Graduates can click the links above for the tickets they need, use their G# as their one-time use password, add tickets to their cart, and then finish their purchase to claim their tickets. Once tickets have been claimed, they can log into their Ticketmaster account and transfer tickets to family/friends.

Accessible Parking and Seating

For accessible parking and drop-off, please use the Roanoke River Road or Nottoway River Lane entrances off Braddock road to access Lot A. ADA parking is located in Lot A.

Seating in all sections of EagleBank Arena, Rows E, F, and G, are marked reserved for special needs. These rows are on the concourse level and are easy access seating without requiring the use of stairs. Ushers are stationed at each portal to assist with seating. Guests requiring special assistance may be seated with one other guest from their party in these easy-access rows. No advanced notice is necessary to use this seating option and, again, these seats are not ticketed or individually reservable.

  • Wheelchair accessible seating is available in the four corner portals 4, 8, 13, and 17.
  • Ushers are stationed at each portal to help with seating.

All graduation candidates should enter the EagleBank Arena through the lower level loading dock entrance. Doors will open one hour prior to each ceremony. Faculty marshals will be on hand to guide graduates to their major field of study seating area.

December 14, 12:00 pm, College of Public Health Winter Graduation Reception 

Join the College of Public Health for a reception to celebrate our Winter2023 graduates. 

The Reception will take place following the University Commencement from 12:00 – 2:00 PM in Peterson Hall. Parking is available at Rappahannock River Parking Deck.

Food, prizes, remarks, photo booths, and other celebratory surprises await our 2023 Public Health graduates! Please RSVP for the reception here.

Congratulations, Class of 2023!

Help us celebrate by sharing your photos!

Students, let's celebrate together!

We encourage Mason graduates to share their individuality and diversity through a creatively decorated cap. 

Share your photos and well wishes for the graduates on social media with the hashtag #MasonPublicHealth2023! Tag us @MasonPublicHealth on Instagram and Facebook and @Mason PubHealth on Twitter, and you might see your photos shared on the College's accounts!

Questions?

Email cph@gmu.edu

What to Expect

What to expect at the College of Public Health Degree Celebration

We will have brief remarks from Dean Perry and the Department Chairs, and there will be special recognition for our doctoral graduates. During the College of Public Health Celebration of Graduates, all graduates will have the opportunity to cross the stage and have their names called individually. Family and friends are free to attend in-person or virtually.

Share Your Creativity and Celebrate Your Achievement with a Decorated Cap

We encourage Mason graduates to share their individuality and diversity through a creatively decorated cap.

Questions?

Email cph@gmu.edu

 

Graduation Process

Graduation is not automatic, and students must initiate the process. Please refer to the Registrar’s Office graduation webpages for complete instructions on how to apply to graduate, tips for a smooth degree conferral process, and critical deadlines.  If you miss the deadline to file the online graduation application through Patriot Web, you must use the paper Late Graduation Application form. We cannot guarantee your name will be in program if the online graduation application deadline has passed.

All students participating in the ceremonies must wear a cap and gown. You can order your cap and gown, announcements, diploma frame, and other graduation items through the University bookstore.

Faculty and Staff

Commencement morning: December 14, begins at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast and robing for the faculty, marshals and doctoral candidates in the EagleBank Arena, Concourse Level, East Side.  The Winter Commencement ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. and the ceremony usually lasts about two hours. Faculty marshals are asked to be in position on the arena floor by 9 am. Please note: Only the Platform Party will meet in the Hospitality Room, lower level.

 FACULTY are strongly encouraged to participate in the Winter Graduation events. If you are planning on participating, you are asked to wear regalia if possible. Please register here to be added to the list for any or all of the winter ceremonies. 

To support faculty participation, the University will pay for the rental of regalia through the George Mason Bookstore by any faculty member who will make the commitment to attend and participate.  If you need regalia, please contact the university bookstore either in person or call 703.993.3870.  To avoid the $25.00 late charge, please respond no later than November 17, 2023. The University is not responsible for this charge.

Please note: The rental regalia for Winter Graduation will be available for pick up starting early December 2023. Those who order after the deadline should expect a delay in receiving regalia. You may call to see if it is in before you make the trip in to the store. The Bookstore requires the return of all rental regalia no later than Dec. 15. You will be responsible for paying the replacement cost if you do not return the regalia. If you need to make other arrangements, please email the bookstore.                                                                                                                      

George Mason University follows the guidelines for regalia established by the American Council of Education

 

FACULTY ADVISORS: We invite faculty advisers to stand with and hood their doctoral students during the ceremonies.  

To participate and hood your doctoral candidate in the Winter Graduation ceremonies, please read the next section. 

Instructions for Major Professors hooding Doctoral Candidates:

If you do not own regalia, please contact the University Bookstore to order regalia by visiting or calling the bookstore at 703.993.2666 before the November 17 deadline.

• Plan to arrive at the EagleBank Arena loading dock entrance no later than 8 am. You will be directed to breakfast for the doctoral candidates, faculty and marshals on the Concourse Level (2nd floor), East Side.

• The University Marshals will then direct you and your doctoral candidate to proceed to the arena level, near the Hospitality room for the doctoral processional lineup.

• Advisors will process in and be seated with the doctoral student.  At the appropriate time, the marshals will bring you and your student up to the stage.  You will hood your student prior to crossing the stage and then proceed to cross the stage and return to the seating area. 

 

Questions

Contact Alma Detten at adetten@gmu.edu or 703-993-8896.