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School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Graduation

After years of hard work, commitment, and sacrifice, it is finally time to celebrate earning your degrees and certificates from Mason!

There are multiple opportunities to participate in spring graduation celebrations. Join your peers from across campus at the University-wide Commencement ceremony as well as attend one of the degree celebrations hosted by the College of Education and Human Development. The faculty and staff, in conjunction with your family and peers, look forward to saluting the culmination of your academic and professional achievements at Mason. This website features important information regarding applying for graduation and participating in the various ceremonies. Please check back often as additional ceremony details become available.

SRHT Degree Celebration
Friday, May 19, 2017
10:00 AM
Hylton Performing Arts Center
University Commencement
Saturday, May 20, 2017
10:00 AM
EagleBank Arena
GSE Degree Celebration
Saturday, May 20, 2017
2:00 PM
EagleBank Arena
Schedule of Events
Event Spring 2017 Summer 2017

Graduation Application is available on Patriot Web.
Click here for instructions on how to apply for graduation.

IMPORTANT:

  • You must apply to graduate by the deadline on Patriot Web in order to have your name appear in the graduation programs and to receive your diploma.
  • Certificates students graduating from both a Masters and a Certificate OR just a Certificate need to apply to graduate through Patriot Web for their Certificate.
  • Master’s and Bachelor’s students who graduate in Summer 2017 should plan to participate in the Spring 2017 University Commencement and Degree Celebration ceremonies. Apply to graduate for Summer 2017 through Patriot Web by February 24 to ensure your name will appear in the Degree Celebration program.
Nov 1, 2016 Jan 30, 2017
Graduation Application will be inactivated on Patriot Web. Feb 24, 2017 Jun 29, 2017
Late Graduation Application is required if above deadline is missed. Feb 27, 2017 -
Jun 30, 2017
Jun 30, 2017 -
Sep 22, 2017
Thesis and Dissertation Submission Deadline May 5, 2017 Aug 4, 2017

Degree Conferral and Spring Commencement
The Office of the University Registrar Graduation Section will begin to award degrees after this date.

IMPORTANT:

  • Degrees will not be officially awarded prior to this date.
  • A 6-Week "Grace Period" is given to students to resolve certain issues delaying degree conferral, such as incomplete grades, outstanding study elsewhere transcripts, or need for substitutions and waiver forms.
May 20, 2017 Aug 12, 2017

End of the 6-week grace period

All incomplete coursework, even if not being applied to the degree, must be resolved and grades posted.

NOTE: All courses, projects, theses, dissertations, comps, credit-by-exam and scholarly papers must be completed by their deadline prior to the conferral date.

Jun 30, 2017 Sep 22, 2017
Approximate mailing date of diplomas Late June Late September
School of Recreation, Health and Tourism Degree Celebration

SRHT Degree Celebration
Friday, May 19, 2017
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Students must arrive in full cap and gown by 9:00 AM
Ceremony begins at 10:00 AM
Approximately 2 hours

Register now to attend the SRHT Degree Celebration

SRHT students will be celebrated for their scholastic accomplishments during the Degree Celebration. Each student will be recognized by crossing the stage, being presented by name, and sharing that moment with their peers, faculty, staff and guests. Recipient of the Program Awards, Excellence in Writing award, and Outstanding Student Athletes will be recognized. Students have until March 31, 2017 to confirm their attendance at their Degree Celebration.

SRHT Ticket Timeline
SRHT graduates are limited to 5 guest tickets. Students are eligible to request additional tickets through the registration form. If additional tickets become available, students who requested tickets will be notified on or after April 3, 2017. SRHT graduates who do not complete this registration before the March 31, 2017 deadline are not guaranteed guest tickets. The timeline for ticket reservation is as follows:

Now – March 31, 2017 – Register to attend the Degree Celebration and reserve guest tickets
April 3, 2017 – April 6, 2017 – Ticket confirmations will be emailed out to graduates
May 1, 2017 – May 12, 2017 – Tickets available for pick-up between 9:00am – 4:00pm on either Fairfax or Science and Technology Campus based on what was indicated through registration
May 17, 2017 – Any remaining tickets are available for pick-up at the Fairfax campus

Ticket Pick-Up Address
Fairfax Campus
Thompson Hall, Suite 2300

Science and Technology Campus
Bull Run Hall, Suite 220

Contact Brandon Quiles at bquiles@gmu.edu if there are any concerns or questions about the ticket process.

Graduate School of Education Degree Celebration

GSE Degree Celebration
Saturday, May 20, 2017
EagleBank Arena
Students must arrive in full cap and gown by 1:00 PM
Ceremony begins at 2:00 PM
Approximately 2 hours

Register now to attend GSE Degree Celebration

GSE students will be celebrated for their scholastic accomplishments during the Degree Celebration. Each student will be recognized by crossing the stage, being presented by name, and sharing that moment with their peers, faculty, staff and guests. Recipient of the Program Awards and Outstanding Dissertation award will be recognized. Students have until March 31, 2017 to confirm their attendance at their Degree Celebration. Tickets are NOT required for the GSE Degree Celebration.

University Commencement

Students are highly encouraged to attend the official University Commencement ceremony. The ceremony begins with graduates processing through campus. Please arrive no later than 1 hour before the ceremony begins. There are no tickets required for guest at commencement. This year there is a possibility that the EagleBank Arena may reach capacity, so please arrive early. During this ceremony the official University guest speaker and the selected student speaker representing the class of 2017 deliver the commencement addresses. Graduates will be recognized by college, while PhD graduates will be individually recognized and hooded on stage. Lastly, the President of the University will confer degrees, and students will turn their tassels to symbolize their graduate status.

For more commencement information visit the Office of Events Management's website

Caps and Gowns

Commencement and Degree Celebrations at Mason are ceremonies where graduates and faculty wear caps and gowns. Doctoral and Master’s candidates must also wear a hood. Please state your field of study when purchasing your hood because different colors denote different fields of study (for example, education majors receive a light blue hood).

Students and faculty should order regalia through the University Bookstore as soon as possible to avoid late delivery fees. The University Bookstore number is 993-2666.

University Honors and Honor Cords

Undergraduate students who qualify to graduate with University Honors will be sent an e-mail from the Office of the University Registrar informing them of their eligibility to purchase honor cords. Notification is sent approximately ten days prior to Commencement. University Honors and Cords are coordinated through the Registrar's office. Visit the Registrar's website for more information.

Guest Parking

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

Science and Technology Campus – Parking is in the front and back of the Hylton Performing Arts Center. Handicapped and special-assistance parking is available.

Diploma Information

*Students will receive an email when their diploma has been mailed. Diplomas are mailed to students approximately 6-8 weeks after each conferral date.

Diploma Name
Your diploma name MUST reflect your name of record during the last term of attendance at George Mason. To change your name of record, including adding a middle name or a suffix, you must provide legal documentation in the form of a birth certificate, passport, marriage certificate, or a court document. Please go to the Change of Name page for more information. Accent marks may be requested using the Diploma Accent Mark Request form.

Diploma Address
You must verify that your diploma address is correct. Please go to the Update Diploma Mailing Address page for detailed instructions and contact Graduation Services at graduate@gmu.edu with any questions about the delivery of your diploma. If you have moved and your diploma has already been ordered, please set up a forwarding address with the post office.