Spring Commencement and College/School Degree Celebrations
Please note that there are two different ceremonies that each graduate is eligible to attend:
1. The University Commencement ceremony on May 20 at 10 am.
2. The individual graduates specific college/school degree celebration.
Please see the complete schedule for all times and locations.
Tickets are not required for the 2017 University Commencement Ceremony
Make sure to look for all the great photos from the graduation ceremony captured by GradImages. www.gradimages.com
Spring Commencement begins at 10 a.m. at the EagleBank Arena, which opens for guests at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 20th, 2017.
Assembly and Procession
9:00 a.m. – Please arrive PROMPTLY at
9:00 a.m. for lineup on the JOHNSON CENTER NORTH PLAZA (by the George Mason statue). Faculty marshals will
assist you throughout the assembly.
Families may obtain programs inside the EagleBank Arena. Please leave your purses and valuables with family or friends, as there is no secure area for these items. All College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Science Undergraduates will be on the North side of the floor seating in the EagleBank Arena. All other graduates will be seated on the South side.
9:40 a.m. – The academic procession moves from the Johnson Center North Plaza to the EagleBank Arena under the direction of the faculty marshals. Your double line joins the double line of another college. You march four abreast into the EagleBank Arena. (You enter the lower level; there are steps to navigate on the walk from the North Plaza. It is assumed that any graduate who uses a wheelchair or needs special assistance has indicated this to Events Management. If you have not indicated this or you find at the last minute you must use a wheelchair or crutches, please contact the Office of Events Management. Those individuals with special needs may, if preferable, report directly to the loading dock door on the lower level of the east side of the EagleBank Arena.)
RAIN CONTINGENCY: In case of rain on Commencement morning, there will be no procession for bachelors and masters candidates from the North Plaza. Instead, you should enter the EagleBank Arena via the loading dock door on the lower level of the East side. You will be seated by college and by major on the floor. Look for signs indicating your college and major.
Faculty marshals will be there to assist you. You may call (703) 993-1000 if you are unsure about the line-up location because of weather conditions.
**PhDs candidates will meet at the Johnson Center Atrium**
Reminder: Beverages alcoholic or nonalcoholic and smoking are not permitted in either the academic procession or the EagleBank Arena. Graduates violating this policy will not be permitted to participate in the Commencement exercises.
Commencement 2017 Information Details
Remember — You must first apply to graduate! You will find more information about applying for graduation at the GMU Registrar’s web site. Office of the Registrar, Graduation Section, Student Union Building I, Call 993-2441.
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- What’s the difference between Commencement and School/College Degree Celebrations
- The Commencement Ceremony
- Caps and Gowns
- Photo Opportunities
- Guest Parking
- Diploma Information
- Hotel Accommodations
- George Mason University Alumni Association WELCOME NEWEST MEMBERS!
- Mason’s Commencement on Cox Cable
- Commencement Videos
- Commencement Contact Information
- 2017 Printable Commencement Brochure Coming in February