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 2022 Keynote Speaker: Judy Woodruff
  • Thursday, May 19th, 2022 at 2:00pm
  • EagleBank Arena, Fairfax Campus
  • Schar School graduates from the following semesters only:
    • August 2021 (PhD only)
    • December 2021
    • May 2022
    • August 2022
  • 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
  • Masks Required
  • Streaming links for all ceremonies will be available at:

University-wide Commencement Ceremony 

  • Friday, May 20th, 2022 at 10am
  • EagleBank Arena, Fairfax Campus
  • All university graduates are invited
  • All 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
  • Masks Required
  • Streaming links for all ceremonies will be available at GMU TV.

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.