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 18 at 10 am.

2. The individual graduates specific college/school degree celebration.

Please see the complete schedule for all times and locations.

Difference between Commencement and College/School Degree Celebrations

Tickets are not required for the 2018 University Commencement Ceremony


Commencement Day of Information for families


Congratulations Graduate!

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Spring Commencement begins at 10 a.m. at the EagleBank Arena, which opens for guests at 8:30 a.m.,  Saturday, May 18th, 2018.

8:30 a.m. – Please arrive PROMPTLY at
8:30 a.m. for lineup on the MASON POND DRIVE.. 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.

9:30 a.m. – The academic procession moves 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 University Events. 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 University Events. 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. 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 Concert Hall Lobby**

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 2018 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.