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 graduation celebrations. In the fall, graduates are invited to participate in the Winter Graduation, and in the spring, graduates can join their peers 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.
|Event||Fall 2017||Spring 2018|
|Jul 1, 2017||Nov 1, 2017|
|Graduation Application will be inactivated on Patriot Web.||Sep 30, 2017||Feb 22, 2018|
|Late Graduation Application is required if above deadline is missed.||Oct 2, 2017 -
Feb 2, 2018
|Feb 23, 2018 -
Jun 29, 2018
|Thesis and Dissertation Submission Deadline||Dec 8, 2017||May 4, 2018|
|Dec 23, 2017||May 19, 2018|
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.
|Feb 2, 2018||Jun 29, 2018|
|Approximate mailing date of diplomas||Early February||Late June|
SRHT Degree Celebration
Please check back at a later date for the School of Recreation, Health and Tourism celebration information.
GSE Degree Celebration
Please check back at a later date for the Graduate School of Education celebration information.
Eligible Degree Candidates:
- Summer 2017 – Doctoral degree candidates only
- Fall 2017 – Bachelors, masters, and doctoral degree candidates
All CEHD graduates and their guests are to attend the 2:00 pm ceremony in EagleBank Arena. All degree candidates must arrive by 1:00 pm to EagleBank Arena, Lower East Side. The EagleBank Arena concourse doors will open for guests at 1:00 p.m. The ceremony will last approximately two hours. All graduates will walk across the stage and be recognized by name, and doctoral candidates will be hooded.
The winter graduation will be live streamed for guests who are not available to physically attend the ceremony.
Visit the Winter Graduation webpage for more information.
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
Faculty are expected to represent the College at Winter Graduation, University Commencement, and CEHD Degree Celebrations.
Faculty are eligible to rent regalia at no cost for the Winter Graduation. Order through the bookstore by Friday, November 17 to avoid incurring a $25 late fee. Please contact Julie Gladbach at email@example.com if faculty are interested in volunteering to marshal at graduation.
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.
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.
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.
*Students will receive an email when their diploma has been mailed. Diplomas are mailed to students approximately 6-8 weeks after each conferral date.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.