College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.


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.

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.

Winter Graduation
Thursday, December 21, 2017 2:00 PM
EagleBank Arena

SRHT Degree Celebration
Friday, May 18, 2018 2:00 PM
Concert Hall

University Commencement
Friday, May 18, 2018 10:00 AM
EagleBank Arena

GSE Degree Celebration
Saturday, May 19, 2018 10:00 AM
EagleBank Arena

Graduation Application Deadlines and Degree Conferral Dates
Event Fall 2017 Spring 2018

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


  • 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.
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

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


  • 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.
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
School of Recreation, Health and Tourism Degree Celebration

SRHT Degree Celebration

Please check back at a later date for the School of Recreation, Health and Tourism celebration information.

Graduate School of Education Degree Celebration

GSE Degree Celebration

Please check back at a later date for the Graduate School of Education celebration information.

Winter Graduation

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.

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

Faculty and Staff

Faculty are expected to represent the College at Winter Graduation, University Commencement, and CEHD Degree Celebrations.

Winter Graduation

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 if faculty are interested in volunteering to marshal at graduation.

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 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.