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.
|July 1, 2019|
|Graduation Application will be inactivated on Patriot Web.||Sep 29, 2019|
|Late Graduation Application is required if above deadline is missed.||Sep 30, 2019 -
Feb 1, 2019
|Thesis and Dissertation Submission Deadline||Dec 6, 2019|
|Dec 21, 2019|
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 1, 2020|
|Approximate mailing date of diplomas||Early February|
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 at (703) 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.
Professional photos will be taken as you are recognized on stage. Make sure to look for all the great photos captured from the graduation ceremonies at https://www.gradimages.com/.
*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.