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.
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.
Honoring Your Achievements
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.
- May 12, 2022
- May 12, 2022
- May 11, 2022
- May 11, 2022
- May 6, 2022
Stu Shea to Speak at Commencement
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.
Get Organized: Graduation Check-List
|Submit late graduation application (PDF)||July 1.|
|Get regalia as available||While supplies last in Mason Bookstores.|
|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|