Guide to Graduation

Commencement 2019
Commencement 2019

Spring 2020 Commencement

  • Thursday, May 14, 2020: Graduate School Commencement Ceremony, Cassell Coliseum, 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 15, 2020: University Commencement Ceremony, Lane Stadium, 8:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 17, 2020: Graduate School Ceremony (Greater Washington, D.C., metro area), Center for the Arts, George Mason University, 1 p.m.

Pamplin Ceremony

Friday, May 15, 3:30 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

  • Degree candidates should arrive on floor of Cassell through the Merryman Center entrance (not Washington Street) no later than 2:45 p.m. to be seated in proper order with the primary major department.
  • Guests may enter after 2:30 p.m. through the Washington Street entrance or the parking lot doors.
  • There is no limit to the number of guests students may bring to the ceremony. Tickets are not required.
  • Reminder: Cassell is NOT air conditioned.

Rules and Information for the Pamplin Ceremony

  • Attire - Academic robes over street clothes with professional, comfortable shoes. Very high heels have caused problems on carpet and steps. Caps and gowns may be purchased at the university bookstore.
  • Pronunciation - If your name is difficult to pronounce, please provide a phonetic spelling to your department’s administrative staff.
  • Honors Sash - Students graduating with distinction (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, cum laude) may purchase a white honors sash at the Bookstore.
  • Double Majors/Dual Degrees – All degree candidates, including double major and dual degree students, will sit with their primary major on record and will cross the stage only once.
  • No Rehearsal – There is no rehearsal for the university or Pamplin ceremonies. Simply show up on time and follow directions given to you by faculty and staff.
  • No Alcohol - Arrive sober (your name will not be called and you will be asked to leave if under the influence).
  • No Selfies - No selfies permitted on stage. 

Clear Bag Policy - Approved bags for personal items are clear plastic or vinyl and do not exceed 12”x6”x12”, or a clear plastic freezer bag that is no larger than a gallon will be permitted. Small clutch bags will be allowed provided they are no larger than 4.5”x6.5”. Wrapped presents and noisemakers like plastic horns are not permitted.

2020 Graduate Letter.pdf
PCoB Class of 2020 Commencement Powerpoint.pptx
Accessible Seating Instructions.pdf
2020 Family Letter.pdf

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