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Graduation 2015
Convocation & Commencement

Congratulations to the College of Health and Human Services graduating students in May and August 2015! On behalf of Dr. Prohaska and the college faculty, we cordially invite graduating students and their families to join us for the May CHHS convocation and university commencement ceremonies in the Patriot Center. At the CHHS convocation ceremony, you will be seated with other graduating students in your major, and your name will be announced as you cross the stage to shake the hand of the Chair of your department and the Dean of the college.

At the university commencement, students will participate in the morning commencement parade through campus to the Patriot Center and may sit with their friends, and do not have to be seated by academic major. Dr. Angel Cabrera, George Mason University president, will preside over the university commencement ceremony. At the university commencement ceremony, only doctoral students are announced individually and are hooded as they cross the stage.

Who is Eligible to Participate in the May 2015 Graduation Ceremonies?
(Convocation and Commencement)

  • Undergraduate students graduating in December 2014, May or August 2015
  • Master’s students graduating in December 2014, May or August 2015
  • Doctoral students who graduated in August or December 2014, or will be graduating in May 2015

Graduation and Degree Compliance Office

Please refer to the Registrar's Graduation and Degree Compliance webpages for complete instructions on how to file your Graduation Intent (GIF), tips for a smooth degree conferral process, and critical timelines. To file your graduation intent online, log on to Patriot Web, click on "Student Services," and then on "Graduation Intent." After you have successfully filed for graduation, a new screen will appear confirming your submission. If you miss the deadline to file the online intent to graduate, use the Late Graduation Application Form (paper) to file your intent to graduate.

Summer Graduates

Although the official online deadline to file for graduation for summer is June 28, 2015, if you will be participating in the May 14, convocation and May 16, commencement exercises, you will want to apply to graduate by the spring graduation deadline of February 20, 2015.

Please note: After the deadline to apply online for graduation, students must use the Late Graduation Application (paper). While the CHHS Office of Student Affairs will make every attempt to add to the Convocation Program the names of graduating students who apply late to graduate, due to program editorial and print deadlines at the end of March, we cannot guarantee that names will be included for those who have missed the online graduation application deadline. This is also true for the university Commencement program. The editors of this university document cannot guarantee that a student’s name will be added to the Commencement program if they file late for graduation.

Student Graduation Fair

March 3 - 5, 2015
Dewberry Hall, Johnson Center
Fairfax Campus, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Each year Mason hosts a graduation fair for graduating student to purchase caps and gowns, announcements, class rings, and to obtain commencement tickets. If you miss the commencement fair, caps and gowns may be purchased at the Book Ordering Office, mason Bookstore, Johnson Center, lower-level.

School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Center for the Arts
Fairfax Campus

Parking is available for family members in Lot K, please arrive at 4:45 p.m.

5:00 p.m.
Graduating Seniors and Accelerated Nursing students arrive at the Center for the Arts for a group picture.
6:45 p.m.
Doors to the concert hall will open for family and friends
7:00 p.m.
Pinning Ceremony begins

Following the Pinning Ceremony, the School of Nursing will host a reception for BSN graduating students, their families, and guests. Light refreshments will be served in the lobby of the Center for the Arts. Graduates should make provisions for any personal items. Please leave personal belongings and valuables with family, friends, or leave them in your car.

Graduation Stoles will be on sale through the SNA and are highly recommended for the ceremony. The Pin will be placed on the stole by the faculty member.

Attire: Women wear white dresses and neutral color shoes (flats heels are recommended). Men wear white dress shirt, dress pants and dress shoes.

Ordering Pins

Although March 15 is the last date to order a School of Nursing pin via the Heff Jones website, for a $20 late ordering surcharge, students may place orders by phone via the local Herff Jones representative at 703-368-9550. Students should be diligent in ordering their pins by the deadline to avoid the possibility of not receiving the pin in time for the Pinning Ceremony. Students should have their pins sent directly to them and not the School of Nursing.

Questions about the Pinning Ceremony? Please contact SNA representatives:

Faculty contacts to the SNA:

Convocation Ceremony

College of Health and Human Services 
Patriot Center
Thursday, May 14, 2015
10:00 am


Georges C. Benjamin, MD
Executive Director, American Public Health Association (APHA)

Questions?  Contact Pat Tope (703-993-1914)

Convocation Checklist: Important Information for
Graduating Undergraduate and Graduate Students


Commencement for George Mason University
Patriot Center
Saturday, May 16, 2015
10:00 a.m.
The Events Management Office maintains the official university commencement website and provides information regarding acquiring commencement tickets, where to purchase caps and gowns, guest speaker information; Patriot Center handicapped seating and accessibility; graduation week festivities; photo opportunities; purchasing commencement videos; and links to area hotel accommodations.

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