Congratulations to all students graduating this year!

Please join us as we celebrate our 2023 graduates.

May 18, 10:00 a.m. University Commencement Ceremony

Mason will hold an in-person ceremony for the entire Class of 2023 at 10:00 a.m. EST on Thursday, May 18, at EagleBank Arena. Doors open for audience members at 9:00 a.m.

Masters and Bachelors graduates assemble on the Wilkins Plaza (formerly North Plaza) starting at 8:30 a.m. The procession will begin from the plaza to EagleBank Arena promptly at 9:30 a.m. Individuals receiving their doctoral degrees will be individually recognized and cross the stage at Commencement. Doctoral graduates and advisors meet at EagleBank Arena, upper level East Concourse starting at 8:15 a.m. Enter through the loading dock doors.

Commencement will also be live-streamed on GMU-TV. More information available soon. 

May 20, 2:00 pm, College of Public Health Degree Celebration Ceremony

The College of Public Health will hold an in-person graduation for the entire Class of 2023 at 2:00 pm EST on Saturday, May 20. Students should line up in the loading dock area of Eagle Bank Arena no later than 1:00 pm. Caps and gowns are to be worn. If weather permits, graduates will walk in a procession into the arena at the beginning of the ceremony.

National leader on the U.S.’s COVID-19 response Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH, will be the keynote speaker at the College of Public Health’s Degree Celebration. Learn more about Dr. Jha here. Caton Fuller, Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics student, will be the student speaker.

Doors open for audience members at 1:00 pm, no tickets required.

Handicapped-accessible parking is available in Lot A of EagleBank Arena, closest to the South Entrance. Guests requiring special assistance may be seated with one companion guest in easy-access sections of EagleBank Arena. Ushers will be available in the lobby to assist those requiring handicapped and special-assistance seating. Accessible seating is near the portal entrances with clear views of commencement proceedings.

The Degree Celebration will be live streamed. View the live stream at Mason's YouTube Channel.

May 20, College of Public Health Brunch immediately following the Degree Celebration

Details coming soon. 



What to Expect

What to expect at the College of Public Health Degree Celebration

We will have brief remarks from Dean Perry and the Department Chairs, and there will be special recognition for our doctoral graduates. During the College of Public Health Celebration of Graduates, all graduates will have the opportunity to cross the stage and have their names called individually. Family and friends are free to attend in-person or virtually.

Share Your Creativity and Celebrate Your Achievement with a Decorated Cap

We encourage Mason graduates to share their individuality and diversity through a creatively decorated cap.




Graduation Process

Graduation is not automatic, and students must initiate the process. Please refer to the Registrar’s Office graduation webpages for complete instructions on how to apply to graduate, tips for a smooth degree conferral process, and critical deadlines.  If you miss the deadline to file the online graduation application through Patriot Web, you must use the paper Late Graduation Application form. We cannot guarantee your name will be in program if the online graduation application deadline has passed.

All students participating in the ceremonies must wear a cap and gown. You can order your cap and gown, announcements, diploma frame, and other graduation items through the University bookstore.

Faculty and Staff


If you would like to volunteer as a marshal, please contact Alma Detten at or 703-993-8896. If you will be a marshal, member of the platform party, a reader, or a doctoral advisor, you will receive detailed instructions via email prior to the event.

College of Public Health Degree Celebration

Faculty, marshals, and platform party guests should arrive at the Hospitality Room of the EagleBank Arena at 1:00 pm. Light refreshments will be available. Please do not leave valuables in the Hospitality Room during the ceremony. 

1:40 pm:  The faculty marshal will direct the faculty to form a line just outside of the loading dock doors to be ready for the procession into the arena. Honorary faculty marshals (retiring faculty) will lead the faculty into the arena and assist with seating. A program will be on each seat. Faculty marshals assigned to assist with students should be in Parking Lot A by 1:15 pm.

Doctoral students will be hooded at the University Commencement. At the College of Public Health Degree Celebration, they will receive a Medal in addition to their doctoral hood. If you are escorting a doctoral student(s), please plan to join the student procession with your student(s). We ask that you sit with your student(s) during the ceremony.

Volunteers: Assist with the graduate line-up and handing out reader cards, stage set up, faculty, and platform party lineup.

For faculty holding specific roles, you can find more information here:


Contact Alma Detten at or 703-993-8896.