Congratulations to all students graduating this year!

Please join us as we celebrate our 2022 graduates.

2022 Spring Celebration of Graduates

May 20, 10:00 a.m. University Commencement Ceremony

Mason will hold an in-person ceremony for the entire Class of 2022 at 10:00 a.m. EST on Friday, May 20 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 at

May 22, 10:00 a.m., College of Health and Human Services Degree Celebration ceremony

The College of Health and Human Services will hold an in-person graduation for the entire Class of 2022 at 10:00 a.m. EST on Sunday, May 22. Students should line up in the loading dock area of Eagle Bank Arena no later than 9:00 a.m. 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.

Doors open for audience members at 9:00 a.m., 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 here:

May 22, College of Health and Human Services Brunch immediately following the Degree Celebration

Immediately following the CHHS Degree Celebration, the College will hold a brunch in Peterson HallPlease RSVP for the brunch here.

Parking is available in the Rappahannock River Parking Deck. It is advised that families move their cars to avoid graduation traffic as other ceremonies will be taking place at the arena in the afternoon.

What to expect at the CHHS Degree Celebration:

We will have brief remarks from Dean Louis and the Department Chairs, and there will be special recognition for our doctoral graduates. During the CHHS 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.

CHHS Degree Celebration

Faculty, marshals, and platform party guests should arrive at the Hospitality Room of the EagleBank Arena at 9:00 a.m. Light refreshments will be available. Please do not leave valuables in the Hospitality Room during the ceremony. 

9:40 a.m.:  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 who are assigned to assist with students should be in Parking Lot A by 9:15 a.m.

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.

Student Speaker

CHHS Student Speaker – Spring 2022 Celebration of Graduates

All College of Health and Human Services students graduating this spring and summer are invited to apply to be the student speaker at the College of Health and Human Services’ Spring 2022 Celebration of Graduates.  

Application Process

  • Type your three-to-four-minute graduation speech in a Microsoft Word document with 1500 words or less.
  • Email the written transcript of the speech to by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, 2022. In the email, please include your full name, G#, major/degree to be earned, and indicate if you will earn your degree in May 2022 or Summer 2022.
  • In addition to your personal information, please include a statement consenting to share your likeness in photos and/or videos on Mason websites and/or social media pages.

The CHHS Student Affairs committee comprised of CHHS faculty from each department in the College will select one speech to be delivered by the graduating student who authored it on May 22.  

Evaluation Criteria for CHHS Student Speaker 

Submissions will be reviewed and selected based on the content and quality of the speech and you should consider the following when preparing your submission: 

  • Describe your overall growth as a student and member of the university community. 
  • Think about all facets of your Mason experience. 
  • Focus on your graduating class and your experiences together with an eye toward your future. 
  • Engage the graduating class and their guests as a whole. 

The winning speech will be delivered at the College’s Celebration of Graduates and must adhere to the three-to-four-minute timeframe. 


If you have questions regarding the process, contact

Please note that the CHHS Speaker submission is separate from the application to be the student speaker at the University Commencement on Friday, May 20. We encourage graduating students to submit speeches for both ceremonies!