Degree Celebrations

Please note that tickets for Spring 2024 Degree Celebrations are available through the ticket links on this page for no charge/no service fee. This is the only authorized source for ceremony tickets. Please be aware that reports of individuals selling tickets and charging service fees have been reported. This activity is suspect and caution is advised.

Your college or school organizes and hosts your degree celebration, which is where you will be recognized by name and photographed on stage.

  • All graduates are individually recognized and photographed on stage.
  • Celebrations include select speakers and performances.
  • Caps and gowns are worn.
  • All students can claim up to 6 tickets.
  • Doctoral students will not be hooded at the degree celebration ceremonies

Plan to arrive one hour before the start of your ceremony.  Follow signs to the graduates' lineup area. If weather permits, graduates will walk in a procession into the arena at the beginning of the ceremony. 

Main doors open for guests one hour prior to the ceremony. 

Graduates are encouraged to attend both the official university commencement ceremony and their college or school's degree celebration ceremony

Degree Celebration Ticket Information

Find your degree celebration in the chart below and use the link in the right hand column to reserve tickets for your guests. Graduates can use their G# (including the uppercase 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. All tickets are mobile delivery. Be sure your guests pull up their tickets in the Ticketmaster App on their phone(s) prior to arriving at the venue.
If you experience a problem requesting degree celebration tickets, please allow several hours and try again. The EagleBank Arena/Ticketmaster system does experience intermittent temporary delays in service.

Have more tickets than you need?

All guests to Degree Celebrations require tickets to attend. Many students reserve the max number of tickets they can as a precaution, but will only actually use a few of them for their guests. If you received tickets to either Commencement or a Degree Celebration that you will no longer be needing, please return them as follows so that they may be redistributed to other guests:

To return your unneeded tickets:

  1. Locate your tickets in your Ticketmaster account.
  2. Click “Transfer Tickets.”
  3. Select each ticket you would like to transfer.
  4. Click “Continue.”
  5. Enter “GMU Event” in the Name field.
  6. Enter “” in the Email Address field.
  7. Click “Send.”

Schedule of Degree Celebrations

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Time Degree Celebration Location Tickets
2:00 pm College of Engineering and Computing - Engineering Degrees EagleBank Arena Engineering Tickets
3:00 pm College of Visual and Performing Arts Concert Hall Get Information
6:30 pm College of Engineering and Computing - Computing Degrees EagleBank Arena Computing Tickets


Friday, May 10, 2024

Time Degree Celebration Location Tickets
10:00 am College of Science EagleBank Arena CoS Tickets
11:00 am Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution Concert Hall Get Information
2:00 pm Antonin Scalia Law School - JM/LLM graduates Van Metre Hall - Mason Square Get Information
2:30 pm College of Humanities and Social Sciences EagleBank Arena CHSS Tickets
7:00 pm Schar School of Policy and Government EagleBank Arena Schar Tickets


Saturday, May 11, 2024

Time Degree Celebration Location Tickets
10:00 am College of Education and Human Development EagleBank Arena CEHD Tickets
11:00 am Antonin Scalia Law School - JDs only Concert Hall Get Information
2:00 pm College of Public Health EagleBank Arena CPH Tickets
6:00 pm Donald G. Costello College of Business EagleBank Arena Business Tickets

CEC Degree Ceremony I - Engineering Degrees

Volgenau School of Engineering

Bachelor’s Programs

  • Bioengineering
  • Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Cyber Security Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Systems and Industrial Engineering

Master’s Programs

  • Bioengineering
  • Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Cyber Security Engineering
  • Data Analytics Engineering
  • Digital Forensics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Operations Research
  • Systems Engineering
  • Telecommunications

Doctoral Programs

  • Bioengineering
  • Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Information Technology – Mechanical Engineering
  • Systems Engineering and Operations Research


CEC Degree Ceremony II - Computing Degrees

School of Computing

Bachelor’s Programs

  • Applied Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Statistics

Master’s Programs

  • Applied Information Technology
  • Biostatistics
  • Statistical Science
  • Computer Science
  • Information Security and Assurance
  • Information Systems
  • Software Engineering

Doctoral Programs

  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology (No Concentration)
  • Information Technology - Information Sciences and Technology
  • Information Technology - Software Engineering
  • Statistical Science

Know Before You Go


Grads should arrive one hour prior to the scheduled beginning of the ceremony.  Grads will need to provide their George Mason ID / G numbers for check in. 

Students who don’t have a physical George Mason ID can download the Mobile ID app and not have to worry about getting a new card. 

EagleBank Arena Events

Grads should arrive near the EagleBank Arena loading dock and follow directional signage to procession lineup in Lot A. It is highly advised that grads use the restroom before arriving at the EagleBank Arena, as there are limited facilities available outside or on the arena floor level.

Concert Hall Events

Grads should arrive at Holton Plaza and follow signage.


As a reminder, tickets will be required for any guests of George Mason graduates to enter degree ceremonies. Doors will open one hour prior to the start of the ceremonies. It is advisable to arrive at that time. Your guest(s) need to have access to their tickets. Please transfer tickets to them before your event.

EagleBank Arena Events

Guests enter on the South, West or North Concourse level entrances.

Concert Hall Events

Guests may enter the Concert Hall through the main entrance.


Please read all security notices to avoid issues at the entrances to the ceremonies:

We are asking all guests and graduates do NOT bring a bag to the graduation ceremonies in order to help expedite the entry for all guests. Everyone entering will be required to go through a security weapons detection monitor.  If you require a bag for your personal belongings, the bag must adhere to venue policies. Please note the list of prohibited items ahead of time, so that there are no issues at the entrances.

Acceptable Bags

Clear Bag:

  • Bag must be clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC with no obscured inside pockets
  • Bag must not exceed 12”x12”x6”
  • Bag may be 1 gallon plastic zip lock style bag

Clutch Style Bag or Purse:

  • Non-clear clutch style bag or purse must not exceed 5”x7”

Small Medical and/or Parenting Bags:

  • Will be permitted on a case-by-case basis and will be subject to increased security screening


Signs larger than 18" x 18," including banners, flags, and posters, are prohibited. All signs smaller than 18" x 18" must comply with the following guidelines:

  • Item may not be constructed or displayed in a manner that may obstruct the view of other guests, interrupt the experience of other guests, or create a safety hazard
  • Signs must be constructed of paper, fabric, or poster board materials
  • Item may not be commercial or political in nature nor include obscene/offensive language and/or pictures
  • Item must be related to the event
  • Item may not be attached to a stick/pole
  • Item may not be attached, hung, taped, or draped over any part of the building

No signage will be allowed on stage.

Prohibited Items

Prohibited items at EagleBank Arena include metal or glass reusable water bottles, air horns, wrapped gifts or packages, non-collapsible umbrellas and more. Prohibited items cannot be checked or stored inside the arena. View all Eagle Bank Arena policies for a full list of prohibited items.

View all Eagle Bank Arena policies >>

View all Concert Hall policies >>


Due to the Virginia state law that prohibits the wearing of face masks for purposes of concealing one’s identity, if you are wearing a face covering, please be prepared to show a government-issued ID, George Mason ID, or the wristband you were issued at entry. Failure to comply will result in removal from the venue.

All students and guests are required to follow the University and venue policies including event code of conduct, policies on disruptions and prohibited items, as well as Mason’s student code of conduct and commitment to safety and freedom of speech.  Students and guests who do not observe Mason’s and EagleBank Arena’s policies and rules will not be admitted or will be required to leave the venue. Students and employees in violation of university policies and rules are subject to disciplinary action in accordance with student and employee codes of conduct.


Accessibility Needs

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. For Concert Hall events, ADA parking is available on Mason Pond Drive.

EagleBank Arena Events

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.

Concert Hall Events

At Concert Hall, ushers will be on hand to direct patrons to special access seating.



If you and your guests choose to attend any of the live ceremonies, please show respect and dignity to your faculty, your fellow graduates, and their families by remaining for the entire event.  It is not appropriate or acceptable to walk out before all fellow graduates attending have been recognized and the ceremony has officially ended. If you or your guests are not able to stay for the entire ceremony, please watch the streaming broadcast online from home or a remote location

Not seeing the answer you need? Feel free to reach out to University Events: 703-993-2853 or