Your college or school organizes and hosts your degree celebration, which is where you will be recognized by name and photographed on stage.
- All guests are welcome; tickets are not required except where noted in the schedule.
- All graduates are individually recognized and photographed on stage.
- Celebrations include select speakers and performances.
- Caps and gowns are worn.
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.
2023 Spring Degree Celebrations
Times and locations may change. Please check back in May to confirm your celebration's location and time.
|Thursday, May 18, 2023|
|College of Humanities and Social Sciences I and SIS||2:30 p.m.||EagleBank Arena|
|College of Visual and Performing Arts||3:30 p.m.||Concert Hall|
|College of Humanities and Social Sciences II||6:30 p.m.||EagleBank Arena|
|Friday, May 19, 2023|
|College of Science||10 a.m.||EagleBank Arena|
|Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution||11 a.m.||Concert Hall|
|Schar School of Policy and Government||2 p.m.||EagleBank Arena|
|Antonin Scalia Law School||3 p.m.||Concert Hall|
|College of Engineering and Computing||6 p.m.||EagleBank Arena|
|Saturday, May 20, 2023|
|College of Education and Human Development||10 a.m.||EagleBank Arena|
|College of Public Health||2 p.m.||EagleBank Arena|
|School of Business||6 p.m.||EagleBank Arena|
CHSS I: Humanities and Interdisciplinary Programs Degree Celebration
Art History (BA, MA)
Communication (BA, MA, PhD)
Creative Writing (BFA, MFA)
Cultural Studies (PhD)
English (BA, MA)
Environmental and Sustainability Studies (BA)
Foreign Languages (BA, MA)
Global Affairs (BA, MA)
Higher Education and Student Development (MA)
History (BA, MA, PhD)
Human Development and Family Science (BA)
Individualized Study (BIS)
Integrative Studies (BA, BS)
Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS)
Latin American Studies (BA)
Middle East and Islamic Studies (MA)
Philosophy (BA, MA)
Religious Studies (BA)
Russian and Eurasian Studies (BA)
Writing and Rhetoric (PhD)
CHSS II: Social Sciences Degree Celebration
Anthropology (BA, MA)
Applied Industrial and Organizational Psychology (MPS)
Criminal Justice (MS)
Criminology, Law and Society (BA, BS, MA, PhD)
Economics (BA, BS, MA, PhD)
Psychology (BA, BS, MA, PhD)
Sociology (BA, MA, PhD)
Handicapped-accessible parking is available in Lot A of EagleBank Arena, closest to the South Entrance.
Guests requiring special assistance may be seated with one companion guest in easy-access sections of EagleBank Arena.
Ushers will be available in the lobby to assist those requiring handicapped and special-assistance seating.
Accessible seating is near the portal entrances with clear views of commencement proceedings.
Center for the Arts
Handicapped-accessible parking for the Center for the Arts Concert Hall is directly in front of the hall on Mason Pond Drive on the Fairfax Campus
Lobby ushers in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall will assist guests requiring accessible seating for Degree Celebrations.