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Congratulations to all students graduating this year!

On behalf of Dr. Louis and the college faculty, we cordially invite graduating students and their families to join us for one of the ceremonies to celebrate your achievement. The university hosts Winter Graduation each December for students graduating in the fall. In May, spring and summer graduates can participate in the CHHS Degree Celebration and University Commencement ceremonies. This page contains important information for graduating students, friends and family who will attend as guests, and faculty who will participate in the ceremonies. Please check back often for any new details that may be added as each ceremony approaches.

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.

Winter Graduation

2019 Winter Graduation Details
EagleBank Arena
Thursday, December 19, 2019
2:00 pm
No tickets required

Students eligible to participate in the December 2019 winter graduation ceremony:

  • Undergraduate, Master’s and Doctoral students graduating in December 2019
  • Doctoral students graduating in August 2019

Visit the university Winter Graduation website for details!

  • Graduates should arrive in regalia 1 hour prior to the ceremony start time.
  • Enter EagleBank Arena through the lower-level loading dock entrance and go to the floor seating area
  • Remember – graduation is not automatic.  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.  See the above section/link on Graduation Process for additional details.
Spring CHHS Degree Celebration

2019 CHHS Degree Celebration Details
EagleBank Arena
Thursday, May 16, 2019
10:00 am
No tickets required

The ceremony will be live streamed via GMUTV.

Students eligible to participate in the May 2019 spring CHHS Degree Celebration ceremony:

  • Undergraduate and Master’s students graduating in May 2019 and August 2019
  • Doctoral students graduating in May 2019 (not August 2019)

Information for Graduating Students

Degree Celebration Information for Undergraduate and Master’s Graduates

  • Check in at Parking Lot A no later than 9:15 a.m. Pick up a blank reader card at the table located between the Arena and Parking Lot A. Then line up behind the sign for your degree program and fill out your reader card.  In case of rain, enter the EagleBank Arena to be seated by major on the floor.
  • Ceremony: At 9:50 you will process from the parking lot to the arena and will be directed to your seat. After the speakers, you will be cued to walk to the stage with your reader card. When your name is announced, cross the stage to be congratulated by the dean and your department chair.  Walk down the ramp on the other side, return to your seat, and remain seated until the end of the ceremony.
  • The Recessional and Reception:  When the Degree Celebration is over, you will be cued to leave the arena after the platform party, the faculty, and doctoral students.  A reception will be held immediately following the ceremony on the east side of the EagleBank Arena, concourse level.
  • After Degree Celebration: Attend the University Commencement, share your Degree Celebration photos with us on the CHHS social media pages, and visit the Alumni Association to learn more about your alumni benefits, events, and career networking as a Mason graduate.

Degree Celebration Information for Doctoral Students

  • Arrival and Check-In: Arrive by 9:15 a.m. at the EagleBank Arena Hospitality Room located on the east side, lower-level of the arena and faces the Johnson Center. Marshals will direct you to line-up with your advisor in a specific order for the procession.  
  • Doctoral Line-Up: At 9:40, the marshals will lead the line of doctoral students and advisors to the loading dock doors.  If it is raining, the line will remain inside in a hallway.
  • Ceremony: The processional into EagleBank Arena will begin promptly at 10:00 led by the doctoral students. Please remain standing until the dean opens the ceremony and instructs the audience to be seated. After the speakers, a staff member will cue the doctoral students and advisors to stage. Once on stage, there will be markings on the floor where the doctoral student and advisor should stand. At this ceremony, doctoral students will be presented with a CHHS doctoral medal by their advisors as well as a faux diploma.
  • Recessional: The platform party leaves first, followed by the faculty, the doctoral students, and then the bachelor’s and master’s students. Doctoral students will follow the faculty down the center aisle of the arena, leaving the arena via the loading dock doors.
  • Diplomas: Diplomas are mailed to doctoral students during the summer. Please contact the Office of the Registrar with diploma questions.

Disability Accommodations   

If you are a graduating student in need of special accommodations, please contact Pat Tope in the CHHS Office of Student Affairs at or 703-993-1914.

Spring University Commencement

2019 Commencement Details
EagleBank Arena
Friday, May 17, 2019
10:00 am
No tickets required

The ceremony will be live streamed via GMUTV. A version with closed captions will also be available.

Students eligible to participate in the May 2019 spring University Commencement ceremony:

  • Undergraduate and Master’s students graduating in May 2019 and August 2019
  • Doctoral students graduating in May 2019 (not August 2019)

To kick off the university commencement, students will parade through campus to the EagleBank Arena where you may sit wherever you choose. Only doctoral students are announced individually and are hooded as they cross the stage. Below is information specific to doctoral students

  • 8:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast in the Concert Hall Lobby: Please join the university faculty and your doctoral advisor for a continental breakfast and robing promptly at 8:15 a.m.  Members of the University Events staff will provide instructions on lining up. Following the breakfast, University Events staff will direct you to assemble for the procession to EagleBank Arena. The procession will start at Mason Pond Drive at 9:30 a.m. In the case of rain, please meet by the EagleBank Arena Loading Dock Entrance, east side, lower level of the arena. 
  • 9:30 a.m.: Procession to EagleBank Arena begins.
  • 10:00 a.m.: Commencement begins.
  • Noon: The commencement ceremony will end with the recessional. The platform party will leave first, followed by the faculty and then the doctoral students. 

The Events Management Office maintains the official university commencement website and provides information regarding 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 Julie Gladbach in Events Management at or 703-993-2853.

Student Speaker

All CHHS undergraduate students who will participate in the CHHS Degree Celebration in May are invited to apply to be the student speaker.

Application Process

  • Record a 3-4-minute video of your graduation speech.
  • Upload the 3-4 minute video to the service provider of choice.
  • Email the URL link to the video along with the written transcript of the speech to Maria Perez at by March 29, 2019. In the email please also include your full name, G#, major, and indicate if you will earn your degree in May or August of 2019.
  • Once preliminary selections are made, the finalists will be invited to orally present their speeches to the committee for final selection.


Submissions will be judged by a panel that includes CHHS administration, faculty, staff and students. The competition is based on the content and the quality of the speech, and you should consider the following when preparing your submission:

  • Reflect on 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

Speeches should be able to be delivered in front of a large, live audience, and must adhere to the three to four minute timeframe. The student selected for this honor will receive coaching and an opportunity to practice the speech in the EagleBank Arena prior to the event.


If you have questions regarding the process, please contact Maria Perez at If you have technical questions regarding submission of the video, please troubleshoot first with the platform you are using to upload your video. If you still need assistance, please contact Terri Ann Guingab at

Faculty and Staff

Winter Graduation

While the college encourages all faculty to participate in the spring graduation festivities, due to the smaller size of the winter graduation ceremony, only a small number of representatives from CHHS are needed. If you would like to volunteer as a marshal, please contact Whitney Gaston at or 703-993-4621. 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 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.

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


Events Management plans and conducts Commencement.  Faculty should meet in the Johnson Center Atrium no later than 8:30 a.m. for a continental breakfast and robing.  Marshals will instruct doctoral candidates and their faculty advisors on the procession line-up.  Faculty at large will be instructed where to line-up for the processional.  The procession across campus, led by Mason’s Fife and Drum core, will begin at 9:45 a.m.


Contact Whitney Gaston at or 703-993-4621.


BSN Pinning

School of Nursing
BSN Pinning Ceremony 2019

TBA, 2019
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

Attire: Business attire.

Questions: Please contact one of the following officers of the Student Nurses’ Association (SNA):

Alma Khan
Anna Chanu

Faculty contact for the SNA:
Professor Rosemarie Westberg


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