Three Schar School students standing together in a gown and cap for graduation

George Mason University and the Schar School are excited to celebrate the achievements of our graduates. We hope you will take the time to celebrate your accomplishments and invite friends and family to do so as well. Congratulations! 

The Schar School Degree Celebration Ceremony

  • Schar Degree Celebration 2023
  • Friday, May 19th, 2023 at 2:00pm
  • EagleBank Arena, Fairfax Campus
  • Schar School graduates from the following semesters only:
    • August 2022 (PhD only)
    • December 2022
    • May 2023
    • August 2023
  • All guests are welcome – tickets are not required
  • At this ceremony only, names are read aloud as graduates cross the stage and receive a ceremonial diploma.
  • Individual photographs are taken of every graduate at this event.
  • Caps and gowns are worn

University-wide Commencement Ceremony 

  • Thursday, May 18th, 2023 at 10am
  • EagleBank Arena, Fairfax Campus
  • All university graduates are invited
  • Tickets required for guests are welcome
  • Ph.D. graduates are individually recognized and photographed on stage receiving their degrees; all other graduates are acknowledged en masse
  • Doctoral hooding will take place
  • Caps and gowns are worn
  • Degrees are officially conferred
  • The official university guest speaker delivers the commencement address, and a selected student speaker representing the graduating class delivers an address
  • The event is televised

Even after graduation, want to hear from you! Whether it’s new employment, continuing your studies, or an exciting life event, we hope you will share your news with us.