Patriots, This is Your Time

George Mason University will hold its 55th annual commencement excercises on May 20, 2022

Graduation Spring 2022

Spring Graduation 2022

Celebrate the completion of your challenging journey and your first steps into a new life and career. Invite friends and family to Mason’s in-person ceremonies, including  University Commencement  and individual Degree Celebrations.

Commencement Update

Mason will require all students, faculty, staff, and guests in attendance at EagleBank Arena and all indoor degree celebrations to wear masks to create as safe an environment as possible. We will have additional supplies on hand for those who arrive without a mask.  

While the number of cases at Mason in recent weeks remains well below the high we experienced this winter, recent increases in COVID-19 cases have prompted concerns. We are following current CDC and local public health guidance on how to respond to COVID conditions.

Read more about our updated COVID guidelines.


Commencement, the main university ceremony, will be held Friday, May 20, at 10 a.m. in EagleBank Arena on the Fairfax Campus.

  • Doors open for audience members at 9 a.m.
  • Tickets are not required.
  • Seating is first-come first-served.
  • Masters and Bachelors graduates assemble at Wilkins Plaza (formerly North Plaza) starting at 8:30 a.m to process to EagleBank Arena by college.

Degree Celebrations, hosted by colleges and schools, recognize graduates as they walk across the stage. The celebrations take place at varying times noted in the degree celebration schedule.

We have so much to celebrate! Mason is celebrating our 50th Anniversary as an independent university in 2022. As a graduate, you are now part of our incredible history and our exciting future! Congratulations!

Honoring Your Achievements

Gregory Washington, George Mason University president, stands behind the podium in Eaglebank Arena, dressed in full doctoral regalia
Gregory Washington, George Mason University president.
Credit: Evan Cantwell / George Mason University

On May 20, 2022, at 10 a.m., President Gregory Washington will preside at Mason’s 55th University Commencement  ceremony in EagleBank Arena, which will feature student, faculty, and guest speakers. Guests will also enjoy live music during the event. 

Doctoral graduates will be individually recognized, hooded, and photographed on stage. All graduates will be asked to stand and be acknowledged by deans and directors. 

Separate Degree Celebrations will honor school and college graduates, who will be individually recognized and photographed as they cross the stage. The events will also feature guest speakers.    

Stu Shea to Speak at Commencement 

portrait of Stu Shea

Stu Shea, chairman, president and CEO of Peraton, a Virginia-based national security company, will be the featured speaker at George Mason University’s Spring Commencement.

The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 20, in EagleBank Arena on the Fairfax Campus.

Shea, 65, a former member of Mason’s College of Science Advisory Board, in February was named one of the 50 Most Influential Virginians by Virginia Business. He has served the security, intelligence, business and technology industries in various executive leadership capacities in public and private companies and in government.

Peraton is one of the largest employers in the region according to the Washington Business Journal, with 6,180 employees in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, including more than 450 Mason alumni.  

Learn more about Stu Shea.  

Get Organized: Graduation Check-List

Apply to graduate Deadline is February 22.
Submit late graduation application (PDF) July 1. 
Get your name in the commencement program Deadline is February 22 (your name will be pulled for the program from your application).
Remove confidential hold If you want your name in the commencement program, you must remove the hold by February 22. 
Attend the Grad Fair The Mason Bookstore will sponsor a Graduation Fair on the Fairfax Campus in Dewberry Hall, March 1-3 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Herff Jones will be available to take orders for class rings and personalized announcements. 
Get regalia as available While supplies last in Mason Bookstores.
Order doctoral regalia The last day to order if renting is April 15; the last day to order if purchasing is April 8. 
Submit application to be student speaker Deadline is March 27.
Submit final, defended thesis / dissertation You must receive notification from University Dissertation and Thesis Services (UDTS) that the document's formatting has been approved, and format review is complete by April 29 at 5 p.m. ET. You must turn in your final, defended, and approved document by May 6 at 5 p.m. ET. 
Deadline for doctoral candidates to complete studies and requirements May 6
Attend university commencement ceremony May 20
Deadline for all but doctoral candidates to complete studies and requirements May 21
Receive diploma Six to eight weeks after graduation