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2014 Winter Graduation Information Sheet

Winter Graduation, December 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014
Patriot Center, Fairfax Campus

            10 a.m. – All Undergraduates

            2 p.m. – All Masters and Doctoral Candidates

(Graduates are asked to arrive in regalia 1 hour prior to the ceremony start time. Please enter the Patriot Center through the lower level loading dock entrance and proceed into the floor seating area.)

2013 CommencementThe Winter Graduation is open to all Fall 2014 graduation applicants who expect to complete all degree requirements in the Fall semester.  Summer 2014 doctoral graduates are invited to participate as well as bachelor’s and master’s students who did not participate in the previous May Commencement.

The Office of Events Management will email ceremony information to graduating students concerning the Winter Graduation in December 2014 and the University Commencement in May 2015. For more information, contact Events Management (703) 993-2853.  Law Students should contact the School of Law for graduation information.

The University Bookstore on the Fairfax Campus will be holding a graduation fair November 4-6 from 11 am to 7 p.m.  Regalia (caps and gowns), announcements, rings, diploma frames and other graduation items will be available to purchase.  Tickets for the 10 a.m. undergraduate ceremony will also be available for pickup — (there are no fees for tickets).  No tickets will be required for the 2 p.m. Masters/Doctoral ceremony.

Class of 2015!

Thank you to our graduating students who have already completed the Mason exit survey.  Your responses and comments are very helpful to us in planning and we especially appreciate hearing about your experiences and plans for the future.  For those who have not yet completed the survey, please go to: where you can complete the survey online or download a paper copy.

Additional information on the Commencement ceremony, guest tickets, college/school/institute convocations, caps and gowns, guest parking and GMU-TV Commencement air schedule can be found on this web site.

See Commencement Student Speaker for information on becoming next year’s student speaker.

Again, our sincere congratulations and we wish you success on your new beginnings!


Toni-Michele Travis, University Marshall
Barbara Lubar, Office Of Events Management
Meghan Arias , Office of the Registrar Graduation Section



Fans are encouraged to arrive early as the Patriot Center has instituted a new standard security policy for all events at the arena.  This policy stipulates that all guests must consent to a search of their person and/or any items they may wish to bring into the arena, including all bags.  Each patron attending will be allowed one personal item to be carried into the arena.

Please see the Patriot Center website for detailed information on the official security policy of that facility.

Some of the items prohibited inside the Patriot Center include:


Outside Food or Beverages

Bottles, cans, containers and coolers

Non-service animals

Laser Pointers

Artificial noisemakers of any kind

Signs or Flags

Projectiles or inflatables