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Spring 2018 Graduation

Congratulations to all students in the College of Health and Human Services who will be graduating this year! On behalf of Dr. Louis and the college faculty, we cordially invite graduating students and their families to join us for the CHHS Degree Celebration (formerly known as convocation) and University Commencement ceremonies.

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 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 paper Late Graduation Application form to file your intent to graduate with the Registrar’s Office. We cannot guarantee your name will be in program if the graduation application deadline has passed.

Spring Graduation Ceremonies

Students eligible to participate in the May 2018 graduation ceremonies:
(Degree Celebration and Commencement)

  • Undergraduate students graduating in May or August 2018
  • Master’s students graduating in May or August 2018
  • Doctoral students graduating in May 2018 (Doctoral students graduating in the summer term will participate in next December’s Winter Graduation ceremony along with the December graduates.) 

Degree Celebration for the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS)

2018 CHHS Degree Celebration Details
EagleBank Arena
Thursday, May 17, 2018
10:00 am
No tickets required

At the CHHS Degree Celebration 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.

Keynote Speaker:  Alexandra Reeve Givens, the founding Executive Director for Georgetown’s Institute for Technology, Law and Policy, is most well-known for her service on the Board of Directors for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation that was founded to honor her father Christopher Reeve. She is an inspirational speaker who asks scientists to work faster to find cures for paralysis and mobility impairments. Her knowledge of rehabilitation, policy and health make her an ideal speaker for our college.

University Commencement

2018 Commencement Details
EagleBank Area
Friday, May 18, 2018
10:00 am
No tickets required

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.


Please contact Pat Tope, Office Manager, CHHS Student Affairs at or 703-993-1914.

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