Graduation and Alumni News

  • August 2, 2021
    Spelman College in Atlanta recently named Mason alum Liz Andrews executive director of Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. She began her new role Aug. 2.
  • July 22, 2021
    Deborah Willis (PhD cultural studies 2003) remembers wanting to be a photographer since she was 10 years old. Her mother worked as a beautician, and Willis said the images and stories that surrounded her in her mom’s shop had a lasting impact on her career and her view of activism. Willis was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this year in recognition of her life of activism as a photographer.
  • July 9, 2021
    Schar School Public Policy graduate Kevin Jon Fandl passed away June 29 from leukemia.
  • July 6, 2021
    Jay and Carolyn Marsh are bidding adieu to George Mason University after a combined 90 years of service. But the larger-than-life roles they played in the university’s Athletics Department are here to stay.
  • June 15, 2021
    Mason alumnus Roger Connor is an aeronautics curator at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.
  • June 8, 2021
    Activism runs in Laila Mokhiber’s blood. Well before she became the director of communications at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA USA), Mokhiber was a child holding protest signs in human rights demonstrations. Before then, her mother held her as a baby in the gallery of the Supreme Court, as her father argued to incorporate Arab Americans into the Civil Rights Act in 1987. The George Mason University alumna has also made a name for herself. In 2020, she was named one of the top 40 influential Arab Americans under 40 by the Arab America Foundation.
  • May 26, 2021
    Dilafruz Khonikboyeva, BA ’10, MS ’14, grew up during the civil war in Tajikistan, and said it was her experience of living through conflict that motivated her to study at George Mason University’s Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution. In April, she received the school’s Distinguished Alumni Award. “The Carter School means so much to me personally and professionally,” Khonikoboyeva said, adding that she keeps in touch with professors who have been like mentors. “For me, this award is a promise that I will live up to it.”
  • May 25, 2021
    With racial tension high in the United States, and the need for equity growing ever stronger, students and faculty at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School participated in a 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge virtually in March and April. The challenge, created by diversity expert Eddie Moore Jr., focuses on the Black American experience and is designed to advance deeper understandings of the intersections of race, power, privilege, and oppression, and guide participants in becoming more aware and engaged regarding racial equity.
  • May 14, 2021
    George Mason University on Friday afternoon honored its largest and most diverse graduating class in history with its 54th Spring Commencement.
  • May 14, 2021
    Thank you, President Washington, for the invitation to speak today and for the honorary degree. This school is special to me for several reasons—many of my own students at NOVA transfer here.
  • May 14, 2021
    The Class of 2021 will graduate on Friday, May 14.
  • May 13, 2021
    Graduating senior Nicole Herman said Mason made the world her campus.