Ceremony Information

What is Commencement?
At the commencement ceremony, doctoral candidates are individually recognized and hooded; bachelor and master graduates are recognized as a group at their seats.
So what are Degree Celebrations?
Each college or school hosts their own degree celebrations, where bachelors and masters graduates are recognized by name and photographed on stage.
Get details on the Degree Celebrations >>

Graduation can be a complex event with many moving parts. Keep your big day as stress-free as possible with the information below.

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Commencement Details

At the commencement ceremony, doctoral candidates are individually recognized and hooded; bachelor and master graduates are recognized as a group at their seats.  

As a reminder, tickets will be required for any guests of Mason graduates to enter EagleBank Arena for Winter Commencement. Please check back for more information on tickets. Doors will open one hour prior to the start of the ceremonies. It is advisable to arrive at that time.

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.

Ticket Information for the Commencement Ceremony

Please check back soon for information about tickets for all ceremonies.

Accessible Parking and Seating

For accessible parking and drop-off, please use the Roanoke River Road or Nottoway River Lane entrances off Braddock road to access Lot A. ADA parking is located in Lot A.

Seating in all sections of EagleBank Arena, Rows E, F, and G, are marked reserved for special needs. These rows are on the concourse level and are easy access seating without requiring the use of stairs. Ushers are stationed at each portal to assist with seating. Guests requiring special assistance may be seated with one other guest from their party in these easy-access rows. No advanced notice is necessary to use this seating option and, again, these seats are not ticketed or individually reservable.

  • Wheelchair accessible seating is available in the four corner portals 4, 8, 13, and 17.
  • Ushers are stationed at each portal to help with seating.

All graduation candidates should enter the EagleBank Arena through the lower level loading dock entrance. Doors will open one hour prior to each ceremony. Faculty marshals will be on hand to guide graduates to their major field of study seating area.