Winter Graduation

Winter Graduation, Wednesday, December 21, 2016
EagleBank Arena at George Mason University


9 am:  College of Humanities and Social Sciences / College of Science / Schar School of Policy and Government / Antonin Scalia Law School / School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution

1 pm:  School of Business / College of Health and Human Services / College of Education and Human Development  / Volgenau School of Engineering / College of Visual and Performing Arts


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

2016 Winter Graduation Information Sheet

Make Your Hotel Reservations for Graduation Today

2013 CommencementThe Winter Graduation is open to all Fall 2016 graduation applicants who expect to complete all degree requirements in the Fall semester.  Summer 2016 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 University Events will email ceremony information to graduating students concerning the Winter Graduation in December 2016 and the University Commencement in May 2017. For more information, contact University Events  (703) 993-2853.  Law Students should contact the Antonin Scalia Law School  for graduation information.

The University Bookstore on the Fairfax Campus will be holding a graduation fair in early November.  Regalia (caps and gowns), announcements, rings, diploma frames and other graduation items will be available to purchase.  Tickets for both ceremonies will also be available for pickup — (there are no fees for tickets).

Class of 2016!

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.

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


Star Muir, University Marshall
Barbara Lubar, Office Of University Events
Eve Dauer , Office of the Registrar Graduation Section



Fans are encouraged to arrive early as the EagleBank Arena 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 EagleBank Arena website for detailed information on the official security policy of that facility.

Some of the items prohibited inside the EagleBank Arena 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