George Mason University

Doctoral Students

Doctoral Candidates!

The Winter Graduation celebrations are on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m. at the EagleBank Arena (EBA), Fairfax Campus. Please indicate your intention to attend by clicking here to register.  There is general information available at for all potential participants.  Please check this site for any questions including which ceremony to attend.

However, there are a few details that are specific to doctoral candidates as outlined here:

HOODING INFORMATION:  Doctoral candidates will have their degrees conferred individually by the President and are hooded by your major faculty advisor, or the University Marshal, during the ceremony. Please invite your major professor to join you for graduation day activities.   In keeping with University tradition, doctoral candidates join the faculty on Graduation day for a light breakfast or luncheon, (depending on your ceremony,) and robing promptly 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.  Please meet with the faculty and marshals on the EagleBank Arena Concourse Level, East Side.  Members of the University Events staff will be available to assist you with robing.  Faculty marshals will direct you to the assembly area for the academic procession, which will begin near the loading dock area, lower level, East side.  If you are not able to attend the breakfast / luncheon, meet at the loading dock area one hour prior to the start of the ceremony.

TICKETS are not required for your guests.  Seating will be general admission. EagleBank Arena doors open one hour prior to the ceremony. Guests are advised to arrive at this time.  Overflow viewing will be available at the Concert Hall on Mason Pond Drive if the arena reaches capacity.   All parking lots are open for graduates and their guests.  You will be able to request one special parking pass for Lot L near the arena.

REGALIA - You must wear George Mason regalia to participate in the ceremony. You will need to order your regalia from the University bookstore in person or by phone at 703-993-3870. The Bookstore Grad Fair will be held November 5, 6, and 7 from 10 am to 7 p.m. in the Johnson Center Atrium in front of the bookstore. 

Doctoral candidates have two options for their regalia.

Purchase Option -- The cost to purchase the Custom George Mason University Regalia is $799.00+ sales tax. Measurements are required. Deadline to order is November 22, 2019.

Rental Option -- The rental cost is $164.98+ sales tax. The deadline to order is November 22, 2019. After that date you will need to pay an additional $25.00 late charge. The rental regalia will be available for pick up starting early December, depending on when your order was placed. We advise you to call ahead to make sure your regalia is here before making the trip. You must return your rental regalia immediately after the ceremony. Bookstore representatives will be at the EBA Lobby near the Hospitality Room to collect the regalia.  You may e-mail with questions about regalia.


Please watch the following hooding video to prepare for the ceremony: 


Julie Gladbach, and Heather Crandall, at University Events