It's your turn, Class of 2023!

Winter Commencement will take place December 14, 2023, in the EagleBank Arena.

Congratulations, Class of 2023!

Winter Commencement will take place December 14, 2023, in the EagleBank Arena.

Graduation - Winter 2023

Congratulations, Mason Graduates!

George Mason University invites you to celebrate your achievements at the Winter 2023 Commencement Ceremony on December 14, 2023.

Get Ready... Get Set... Graduate!

Before you take the stage to collect your diploma, there are few details that need your attention.

First: Get the Paperwork Done

Your first step is the Office of the University Registrar's Graduation website. There you will find timelines, along with general and detailed information regarding the entire graduation process.

The deadline to apply for graduation was September 30th. If you miss the application deadline, you must submit a Late Graduation Application form. Remember, you must apply to graduate even if you do not plan to attend the graduation ceremony.

Next: Get your Regalia

You can purchase your regalia at the University bookstore or Mason Square Bookstore on a first-come, first-served basis. Online regalia sales are also available.

From the iconic regalia you'll need for commencement, to diploma frames and class rings, we have all the details you need to show off your achievement.

2023 Winter Commencement Featured Speaker

winter 2023 grad speaker misener speaking at the kickoff ceremony for fuse

Paul E. Misener, a scientist, lawyer, engineer and innovator will be the featured speaker at George Mason University’s 2023 Winter Commencement ceremony.

Then: Plan to Attend

Time Event
9:30 am Commencement Ceremony
1:30 pm Degree Celebration for CHSS, COS, SCHAR, CARTER, CVPA, CEHD
5:30 pm Degree Celebration for CEC, BUS, CPH

All Doctoral students will be recognized individually at the Commencement Ceremony. Other graduates will be asked to stand as a group when their major is called for recognition. The Degree Celebrations will provide the opportunity for all Bachelors and Masters students to be individually recognized and walk across the stage.

Doors will open one hour prior to the start of the ceremonies. It is advisable to arrive at that time, as seating is open and available on a general admission basis to anyone with a ticket. If EagleBank Arena reaches capacity, the overflow viewing area will be in the Concert Hall on Mason Pond Drive, across Patriot Circle from the arena. Shuttles will be available at the South Entrance to transport anyone needing assistance to the Concert Hall.

Guest tickets are required for the Winter Graduation ceremonies!

Bachelors and Masters students can reserve up to 5 tickets for the Commencement ceremony and 5 for their Degree Celebration. Doctoral candidates can reserve up to 8 tickets for Commencement. Deadline to reserve tickets is December 7.

Additional tickets for both Commencement and the Degree Celebrations are now available for those who already ordered tickets. Bachelors and Masters can reserve an additional 5 tickets. Doctoral candidates can reserve an additional 8 tickets. Deadline to reserve tickets is December 7.

  • All graduates can reserve tickets for the 9:30 am Commencement Ceremony.
  • Bachelors and Masters graduating from CHSS, COS, SCHAR, CARTER, CVPA, or CEHD may reserve tickets for the 1:30 pm Degree Celebration.
  • Bachelors and Masters graduating from CEC, BUS, or CPH may reserve tickets for the 5:30 pm Degree Celebration.

Graduates can click the links above for the tickets they need, use their G# as their one-time use password, add tickets to their cart, and then finish their purchase to claim their tickets. Once tickets have been claimed, they can log into their Ticketmaster account and transfer tickets to family/friends. If tickets are still available after December 7, we will announce further details on additional ticket opportunities.

Graduate Students: Working on a thesis or dissertation?

In order to be eligible to graduate in the Winter 2023 Semester, all Master's students writing theses and all Doctoral students writing dissertations must adhere to specific deadlines.

  • The Format Review deadline for the Winter 2023 Semester is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 27. All Master's students writing theses and all Doctoral students writing dissertations are required to submit their documents to UDTS via email for the Format Review.
  • All final copies of theses/dissertations and all necessary materials are due to UDTS by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 1.