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2017 Commencement Info Sheet

Class of 2017!

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.

The date of the 50th annual George Mason University commencement is Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.  See the complete schedule of all spring graduation ceremonies.

Graduation Fair:

This is an opportunity to purchase your cap and gown, pick up your Commencement tickets and purchase diploma covers/announcements all at the same time

May 2017 Commencement Fair
March 7, March 8 and March 9 – Johnson Center Atrium – Fairfax Campus

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.

Are you a Spring 2017 Mason Graduate?
Interested in competing to be the Student Commencement Speaker?

Comm 440: Special Occasion Speaking is the course for you!

This course will provide an introduction to the various types of special occasion speeches designed to meet the following purposes: entertain, celebrate, commemorate, inspire, or set a social agenda; special attention will be given to the commencement address.  The course will include a discussion of such topics as assessing audience expectations, determining purpose and effect, conducting appropriate research, structuring the special occasion speech, incorporating powerful language/appeals, and developing effective presentation skills.  Students will analyze sample speeches (text and video performances) as well as present several special occasion speeches.  The final special occasion speech assignment will be an audition for selection of the George Mason University 2017 “Student Commencement Speaker.”

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!


Star Muir, University Marshall
Barbara Lubar, Office of University Events
Johanna Riemen, Office of the Registrar Graduation Section