George Mason University

Winter Graduation

Winter Ceremony Times

Graduation Process

Ceremony LiveStream

Graduation Fair

Caps and Gowns

Extra Details

Ticket Information

Guest Parking

Area Accommodations



Winter Graduation, Wednesday, December 21, 2016
EagleBank Arena at George Mason University

All graduates will walk across the stage and be recognized by name at both ceremonies. 

Ceremony Times


9 a.m.

  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Science
  • Schar School of Policy and Government
  • Antonin Scalia Law School
  • School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution

1 p.m.


  • School of Business
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • Volgenau School of Engineering
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts


Graduates should arrive in regalia 1 hour prior to the ceremony start time.

Enter EagleBank Arena through the lower-level loading dock entrance and go to the floor seating area.

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Processional of deans at George Mason University's winter graduation

Winter Graduation Process

You must register for graduation. Visit the Office of the Registrar's special graduation page to get started. 

Your name will not appear in the printed graduation program if you did not apply to graduate before September 30.

If you miss the application deadline, you must submit a Late Graduation Application, as described on the registrar's website.

You must apply to graduate even if you do not plan to attend the graduation ceremony.

FERPA Considerations

Students who have placed a confidential hold on their records will be excluded from the graduation program. If you have a confidential hold and wish for your name to be included in the program, the hold must have been removed by September 30. 

Eligible Degree Candidates
August 2016 Doctoral degrees and any other graduates who did not participate in the May 2016 ceremonies
December 2016 All degree candidates

All degree candidates should arrive 45 minutes before the start of the December 21 ceremonies at EagleBank Arena, Lower East Side, Graduates Entrance.

EagleBank Arena concourse doors open for guests an hour before each ceremony, which will last approximately two hours.

Thesis and Dissertation Deadline:

5 p.m., Friday, December 9

Contact the University Dissertation and Thesis Services office for guidance on completing your requirements for graduation.

Graduates smile for the camera at Mason's winter graduation

Caps and Gowns

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

Those who miss or are unable to attend the Graduation Fair 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.

2016 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

Doctoral Candidates

PhD candidates must wear the approved Mason custom regalia.

Please place regalia orders by phone or in-person at the university bookstore by Friday, November 18, or incur a $25 late fee plus the $157.98 rental cost.

All  PhD rental regalia will be available for pickup from the bookstore starting December 9.

Returning your rental — You must return your regalia immediately following the graduation outside the Hospitality Suite located in the lower level of the EagleBank Arena at the bookstore collection table. Candidates who do not return their regalia will be charged the purchase price of $754. 

Cancellation: Refunds of rental fees are available from the bookstore to candidates who cancel their regalia rental before December 19. No refund will be given after that time. 

Engineering master's candidates observe graduation ceremonies at George Mason University

Ticket Information 

Each graduate is permitted a maximum of eight guest tickets; each guest must have a ticket. Graduating students do not need a ticket.

Seating at the winter graduation ceremonies is limited, and guest tickets are required.

All tickets are free and general admission.

Announcements are not invitations and do not serve as tickets to the graduation ceremony.

Special assistance and handicapped seating will be available for the ceremony; please ask any EagleBank Arena usher at the portal entrances for directions when you arrive.

Guests requiring special assistance may be seated with one other guest from their party in an easy-access section of EagleBank Arena.

Please note: Graduates who did not apply to graduate by September 30 will not be guaranteed eight guest tickets, nor will their names appear in the graduation program.

Ticket Pickup for Ceremonies   
Graduation Fair, Johnson Center Atrium November 1-3 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Eagle Bank Arena Box Office November 15 - December 19 10 a.m to 7 p.m. (Monday-Thursday)
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Mason ID or valid driver's license required

Tickets that are not picked up by 5:30 p.m. on Monday, December 19, will be distributed to other graduates that evening, starting at 6 p.m. at the EagleBank Arena box office, west side. If you do not need all the tickets you originally picked up, please return the extras to the box office at the times listed previously. Any remaining tickets following the final distribution on December 19 at 6 p.m. will be available on Wednesday, December 21, one hour before the graduation ceremony with no ID required. 

Additional Tickets

Neither Events Management, the bookstore, nor the Office of the University Registrar has additional tickets. 

Graduates smile as they read through the graduation program at George Mason University

Extra Details

Personalized Announcements

Herff Jones Graduation announcements may be ordered at the Graduation Fair (four-week delivery) or online at (two-week delivery) payable to Herff Jones.

Diploma Frames

Framing Success/ Churchill Classics Diploma frames will be available for purchase. Graduation Fair prices are $25 shipping and handling fee plus 10% off the frame price. Pay the George Mason Bookstore:

Class Rings

Herff Jones College Rings. Special payment plans are available. Pay Herff Jones. Discount is not available online:

Balfour College Rings The Balfour table at the Winter Graduation Fair will have special offers for Mason grads. Pay Balfour. Special offer is not available online:

Photo Opportunities

A photographer will be on hand for cap and gown photos before graduation, December 21, starting at 8 a.m. and again at noon, at EagleBank Arena. Photographers will be present at graduation ceremonies to photograph graduates.

Diploma Information

Most diplomas will be mailed to the student’s “diploma address,” which is specified during the online graduation application process. Diplomas are mailed within six to eight weeks following degree conferral.

Friends and family congratulate a recent graduate at George Mason University

Guest Parking

All parking lots on campus will be available for guest parking. Handicapped and special-assistance parking is available in Lot A, adjacent to the EagleBank Arena, South Entrance.

Eagle Bank Arena Security

Guests are encouraged to arrive early, as EagleBank Arena has instituted a new standard security policy for all events at the facility.  Guests must consent to a search of their person and/or any items they may wish to bring into the arena, including bags.  Each patron attending will be allowed to carry one personal item into the arena.

See the EagleBank Arena website for detailed information on the official security policy. 

George Mason University's President, Angel Cabrera, takes a selfie with members of faculty prior to graduaion.

Accommodations for Guests

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