George Mason University

Doctoral Candidates

As doctoral students, you've earned the ultimate academic achievement. Mason honors that work at our ceremonies.

A doctoral graduate is hooded during the Mason graduation ceremony

Doctoral candidates will be hooded during the graduation ceremony at EagleBank Arena.

Doctoral candidates will have their degrees conferred individually by Interim Mason President Anne Holton, and are hooded by their major faculty advisor or the university marshal, during the Commencement Ceremony.

Because you will be individually recognized, please let us know if you plan to attend and participate.

We also request that you invite your major professor to join you for graduation day activities.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, graduation has been delayed indefinitely. 

If ceremonies proceed in person, doctoral candidates are invited to join the faculty on graduation day, for a light breakfast and robing 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony in the lobby of the Center for the Arts. There, you will also meet with the faculty and marshals, and members of 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.

This video can help you prepare for the ceremony: