Retro Mason

  • June 23, 2022

    After more than 10 years of fundraising and a few years of construction, the Center for the Arts Concert Hall opened on October 6, 1990, with award-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch serving as host on opening night.

  • June 14, 2022

    In 2006, Robert DeNiro and Matt Damon came to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts to promote their film “The Good Shepherd” in a special taping of MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews.

  • June 6, 2022

    Mason researcher Jenefir Isbister was awarded the university's first patent n August 27, 1996, for her invention of a test for microbial contamination.

  • May 31, 2022

    Mason’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), known as “The Patriot Battalion,” began in 1982 and frequently conducts training with other universities throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

  • May 24, 2022

    Mason alumni John Whalan, Elaine "Chipper" Petersen, and Bob Veenstra built the university's first telescope and observatory with $200 in start-up funds from the Physics Department.

  • May 12, 2022

    Did you know that up until the 2004 Commencement George Mason University graduation gowns were black? The university moved to green gowns in 2004, thanks to the work of a Traditions Committee.

  • May 6, 2022

    On May 21, 1983, George Mason University awarded its first doctoral degree, a doctor of arts in education, to Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, a teacher at nearby West Springfield High School.

  • April 29, 2022

    On Nov. 24, 1985, George Mason University women's soccer defeated North Carolina 2-0 to claim the first-ever NCAA National Championship at Mason.

  • April 22, 2022

    The first Mason Day took place four years before the university’s first Commencement, and it’s been the event to look forward to ever since.

  • April 14, 2022

    On June 10, 2010, Mason opened the Biomedical Research Laboratory (BRL) on the Science and Technology Campus in Prince William County. Here, Mason researchers have been able to advance their groundbreaking work on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of infectious diseases.