George Mason University

Graduation 2017


Graduation Fair

Caps and Gowns


Guest Attendance

Degree Celebrations

Directions and Parking




Couldn't Make It? You Can Still See Your Grad March

We have archived video of the events.

In the degree celebration chart, where there is a hyperlink, click to see a recording of the event. Some sites are having technical issues, and may not be available. We will post archived video of all events as soon we can.

College/School Date Time Place
College of Science  Wednesday, May 17 2 p.m. EagleBank Arena
College of Health and Human Services Thursday, May 18 10 a.m EagleBank Arena
School of Integrative Studies Thursday, May 18 10:30 a.m. Concert Hall
Volgenau School of Engineering Thursday, May 18 2 p.m. EagleBank Arena
School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution Thursday, May 18 6:30 p.m. Concert Hall
CHSS I: Humanities: Doctoral, Masters, Undergraduates Thursday, May 18 7 p.m. EagleBank Arena
CHSS II: Social Sciences: Doctoral, Masters, Undergraduates Friday, May 19 10 a.m. EagleBank Arena
Recreation, Health, and Tourism (CEHD) * Ticketed Event Friday, May 19 10 a.m.  Hylton Performing Arts Center, SciTech Campus
School of Business Friday, May 19 2 p.m. EagleBank Arena
College of Visual and Performing Arts * Ticketed Event Friday, May 19 3 p.m. Concert Hall
Schar School of Policy and Government Friday, May 19 7 p.m. EagleBank Arena
Graduate School of Education (CEHD) Saturday, May 20 2 p.m. EagleBank Arena
Antonin Scalia Law School  Saturday, May 20 2 p.m. Concert Hall


EagleBank Arena, Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 10 a.m.

Doors open for audience members at 9 a.m.

Graduates must assemble at 9 a.m on the North Plaza.

The commencement ceremony is a time for us to gather the university as a whole to celebrate our shared achievements. This is the largest gathering and the keystone event of George Mason University's graduation festivities. 


Degree Celebrations

Your college or school organizes and hosts your degree celebration, which is where you will be recognized by name and photographed on stage. 

  • All guests are welcome; tickets are not required except where noted. (Please See Table)
  • All graduates are individually recognized and photographed on stage.
  • Celebrations include select speakers and performances.
  • Caps and gowns are worn.

Graduates are encouraged to attend both the official university commencement ceremony and their​ college or school's degree celebration ceremony. 

Caps and Gowns

Graduation at Mason is a traditional ceremony in which graduates and faculty wear caps and gowns.

If you missed the Graduation Fair, you can purchase regalia at any Mason bookstore on a first-come, first-served basis. The Science and Technology and Arlington Campus bookstores will also sell caps and gowns.

It is required that you wear the appropriate academic regalia.

2017 Cap and Gown Prices (plus tax)  
Bachelor Keeper Outfit  (cap, gown, and tassel) $62.98
 Master Keeper Outfit (cap, gown, tassel, and hood) $107.98
Doctoral Rental Outfit (cap, gown, tassel, and hood) $157.98
Regalia is available from the George Mason Bookstore only.   

Master’s candidates wear a master’s hood.

Master's Hood Colors  
Arts White
Education Light Blue
Music Pink
Public Health Salmon
Business Drab
Social Work Citron
Fine Arts Brown
Nursing Apricot
Engineering  Orange
Science Gold
Health/Physical Education Sage Green
Public Administration/Policy Peacock Blue
Environmental portrait of Marty Baron

Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron

'Post' Editor to Speak

Martin “Marty” Baron, the Washington Post executive editor known for his dogged pursuit of stories that challenge powerful institutions and whose leadership inspired an Oscar-winning film, will be the guest speaker at Mason’s Spring Commencement.

Since Baron, 62, joined the Post in 2013, the paper has won four Pulitzer Prizes.

Prior to joining the Post, Baron had been editor of the Boston Globe for more than 11 years, overseeing a staff that won six Pulitzer Prizes, including one in 2003 for Public Service for uncovering clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church. The Globe’s investigation was the basis for the film Spotlight, the 2016 Academy Award winner for Best Picture.

Earlier in his career, Baron worked as an editor at The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Miami Herald. Editor & Publisher magazine named him Editor of the Year in 2001, and the National Press Foundation gave him a similar honor in 2004.


Commencement Guest Attendance 

Seating is open and available on a general admission basis. Guest tickets for the Commencement ceremony are not required. Doors open at 9 a.m. for all guests. It is advisable to arrive at this time.

If EagleBank Arena reaches capacity, the overflow viewing area will be in the Concert Hall on Mason Pond Drive, across Patriot Circle from the arena. Shuttles will be available at the South Entrance to transport anyone needing assistance to the Concert Hall.

Rain Plan

If it is raining on the morning of Saturday, May 20,  there will be no procession for bachelor's and master's candidates from the Johnson Center North Plaza.

Instead, graduates 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. Call 703-993-1000 if you're unsure about the line-up location because of weather conditions.

**PhD candidates will meet on the east concourse of Eagle Bank Arena.**

Reminder: Beverages of any kind 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 Commencement exercises.


George Mason University Deans lead the faculty procession at George Mason University's commencement ceremony.

Getting Here and Parking

Please allow plenty of time to get to campus and park. Traffic in the general area is heavy on a normal day. Expect significant delays on your way to campus, and plan accordingly. 

For graduates, please remember that you will parade through campus with your department/school before the commencement ceremony. All academic departments will muster at the Johnson Center North Plaza at 9 a.m..

All campus parking lots are available for guest parking.

Handicapped and special-assistance parking is available in Lot A, adjacent to the EagleBank Arena’s South Entrance.

Important: Do not park at University Mall. It is private property, and your vehicle may be towed. 


Accessibility Details

Handicapped-accessible parking is available in Lot A of EagleBank Arena closest to the South Entrance.

Guests requiring special assistance may be seated with one companion guest in easy-access sections of EagleBank Arena. Ushers will be available in the lobby to assist those requiring handicapped and special-assistance seating. Accessible seating is located near the portal entrances with clear views of commencement procedings. 

For Degree Celebrations taking place at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, handicap-accessible parking is available directly in front of the concert hall off of Mason Pond Drive. Ushers will be in the lobby of the concert hall to assist guests in need of special accessibility seating. 


Interactive Map

Use this map to locate your parking and logistics for Commencement and your college's or school's convocations. The icon to the left of the title opens a drawer that allows you to filter by need, school, and event. You can also view a full-screen version of this map, and get customized directions by clicking here. 


Commemorative items, announcements, and diploma accessories are available from the following vendors.

Personalized Announcements

Diploma Frames

College Rings


Go Boldly, Patriots! 

Law students assemble for a portrait in juris doctorate regalia at George Mason University