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Graduation, Convocation, and Commencement

Congratulations to all students in the College of Health and Human Services who will be graduating this year! On behalf of Dr. Prohaska and the college faculty, we cordially invite graduating students and their families to join us for the CHHS convocation and university commencement ceremonies.


Students are invited to view convocation photographs and to download and order prints for a small fee directly from Laura Sikes Photography's website.
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Did you miss our convocation speaker Sir George Alleyne? Want to re-live your convocation ceremony and your walk across the stage? Watch a video of the full convocation ceremony or a video of Sir Alleyne's speech (closed captions available).

Graduation Process

Graduation from Mason is not automatic, and students must complete certain steps. Please refer to the Registrar's graduation webpages for complete instructions on how to file your intent to graduate, tips for a smooth degree conferral process, and critical deadlines. If you miss the deadline to file the online intent to graduate through Patriot Web, you must use the Late Graduation Application Form (.pdf) to file your intent to graduate.

Summer Graduates

All summer graduates may participate in the May college convocation and the university commencement exercises. If you apply to graduate for summer graduation after February 19, please contact Pat Tope in the CHHS Office of Student Affairs to see if your name can be added to the programs (; 703-993-1914).

Spring Graduation Ceremonies

Students eligible to participate in the May 2016 graduation ceremonies:
(Convocation and Commencement)

  • Undergraduate students graduating in December 2015, May or August 2016
  • Master’s students graduating in December 2015, May or August 2016
  • Doctoral students who graduated in August or December 2015, or will be graduating in May 2016

Convocation for the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS)

2016 CHHS Convocation Details
EagleBank Arena
Thursday, May 12, 2016
10:00 am

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.

Speaker: Sir George Alleyne, OCC, MD, FRCP, FACP (Hon.), DSc (Hon), Director Emeritus, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization and Chancellor, University of the West Indies

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

Convocation Checklist: Important Information for Graduating Undergraduate and Graduate Students

University Commencement

2016 Commencement Details
EagleBank Area
Saturday, May 14, 2016
10:00 am

To kick off the university commencement, students will parade from the George Mason statue through campus to the EagleBank Arena. Upon arrival, they may sit wherever they choose; seating by academic major is not required. Dr. Angel Cabrera, George Mason University president, will preside over the ceremony, and only doctoral students are announced individually and are hooded as they cross the stage.

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; EagleBank Arena handicapped seating and accessibility; graduation week festivities; photo opportunities; purchasing commencement videos; and links to area hotel accommodations.

School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony

2016 Pinning Ceremony Details
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Center for the Arts
Fairfax Campus

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

Time Event
5:00 pm
Graduating seniors and accelerated nursing students arrive at the Center for the Arts for a group picture.
6:45 pm
Doors to the concert hall will open for family and friends
7:00 pm
Pinning Ceremony begins

Following the 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.

Graduation Stoles: Stoles will be on sale through the Student Nurses’ Association (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 or low heels are recommended). Men wear white dress shirt, dress pants, and dress shoes.

Ordering Pins: Although March 15 was the last date to order a School of Nursing pin via the Herff 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 one of the following officers of the Student Nurses’ Association (SNA):

Faculty contacts for the SNA:

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