CONGRATULATIONS, MASON CLASS OF 2018!
May and August 2018 Graduates
Your first stop is the Office of the University Registrar graduation web page for important dates and requirements of the graduation process.
All George Mason University graduates must apply to graduate even if they do not plan to participate in Commencement ceremonies.
Graduates must apply for graduation by February 22, 2018, for their name to be printed in the official program.
For Graduate Students
Visit thesis.gmu.edu for full details on applying for graduation and the thesis and dissertation defense process.
- Degrees are officially conferred by the University President
- The entire university community is invited.
- Ceremony begins with graduates processing through campus
- Official university guest speaker delivers the Commencement address.
- Selected student speaker representing the class of 2018 delivers the address.
- Event is televised
- Tickets are not required for guests.
- Ph.D. graduates are individually recognized and photographed on stage receiving their degrees. All graduates are acknowledged, and degrees are conferred by deans/directors and university president.
- Caps and gowns are worn.
The celebration of graduation sponsored by individual schools:
- Individual school/college graduates only
- All guests are welcome; tickets are not required except where noted*
- All graduates are individually recognized and photographed on stage receiving their degrees.
- Each school/college selects speakers.
- Caps and gowns are worn.
Graduates are encouraged to attend both the university-wide commencement ceremony and their specific degree celebrations.
EagleBank Arena, Friday, May 18, 2018, at 10 a.m.
Doors open for audience members at 9 a.m.
Masters and Bachelors graduates assemble on the Wilkins Plaza (formerly North Plaza) starting at 8:30 am. The procession will begin from the plaza to the EagleBank arena promptly at 9:30 am.
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. Individuals receiving their doctoral degrees will be individually recognized and cross the stage at Commencement. All other graduates will be recognized and asked to stand by their major fields of study.
March 6, March 7 and March 8 - 10am to 7pm – Johnson Center Atrium – Fairfax Campus
Purchase caps, gowns, announcements, rings and other items; have photo taken in regalia; and pick up Commencement information in one location.
Commemorative items, announcements, and diploma accessories are available from the following vendors.
- University Bookstore: gmu.bncollege.com
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.
School of Integrative Studies CHSS
|Wednesday, May 16||10:00 a.m.||Concert Hall|
College of Science
|Wednesday, May 16||2 p.m.||EagleBank Arena|
|College of Health and Human Services||Thursday, May 17||10 a.m||EagleBank Arena|
College of Visual and Performing Arts *Ticketed Event
|Thursday, May 17||1:30 p.m||Concert Hall|
Volgenau School of Engineering
|Thursday, May 17||2 p.m.||EagleBank Arena|
|School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution||Thursday, May 17||6 p.m.||Concert Hall|
Schar School of Policy and Government
|Thursday, May 17||7 p.m.||EagleBank Arena|
CHSS I: Humanities: Doctoral, Masters, Undergraduates
|Friday, May 18||3 p.m.||EagleBank Arena|
CHSS II: Social Sciences: Doctoral, Masters, Undergraduates
|Friday, May 18||7:30 p.m.||EagleBank Arena|
Recreation, Health, and Tourism (CEHD)
|Friday, May 18||2 p.m. ||Concert Hall|
Graduate School of Education (CEHD)
|Saturday, May 19||10 a.m.||EagleBank Arena|
|School of Business||Saturday, May 19||2 p.m.||EagleBank Arena|
Antonin Scalia Law School
|Saturday, May 19||2 p.m.||Concert Hall|
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.
|2018 Cap and Gown Prices (plus tax)|
|Bachelor Keeper Outfit (cap, gown, and tassel)||$65.98|
|Master Keeper Outfit (cap, gown, tassel, and hood)||$112.98|
|Doctoral Rental Outfit (cap, gown, tassel, and hood)||$159.98|
|Regalia is available from the George Mason Bookstore only.|
Master’s candidates wear a master’s hood.
|Master's Hood Colors|
|Health/Physical Education||Sage Green|
|Public Administration/Policy||Peacock Blue|
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.
There are a wide variety of comfortable accommodations for your out-of-town guests during the commencement celebrations. George Mason University has established relationships with many of the major hotels in the area through Campus Travel. In addition, the Office of Orientation and Family programs has reserved a block of rooms at the Fairfax Marriott Hotel as a courtesy to the friends and loved ones who have supported our graduates on their academic journeys.
If it is raining on the morning of Friday, May 18, 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.
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 process through campus with your department/school before the commencement ceremony. All academic departments will convene at the Johnson Center Wilkins Plaza (formerly North Plaza) at 8:30 am
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.
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.