VT-NCR Commencement Ceremony

May 19, 2019 at 1:00pm

Center for the Arts Concert Hall
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030







11:30 am Student Check-in begins on Main Level
12:15 pm Doors open to the Auditorium for Guests to be seated
12:30 pm Faculty, Students and their Hooders Line-up
1:00 pm Processional
3:00 pm Light reception for graduates and their guests in the Main Lobby immediately following the Commencement.

Guest Speaker:

Student Speaker:

Almuni Speaker:
Keith Stemple
Director, Legal Personnel
Wilmer Hale LLP


Parking is free in Lot K. There is also garage parking adjacent to the Concert Hall at the Mason Pond Parking Deck. Daily Rates are subject to change for special events.


Although tickets are not required for Commencement ceremonies, there is limited seating.


PhDs: The hoods for the Doctor of Philosophy will be edged with dark blue. Doctoral gowns are faced with black velvet with three bars across the sleeves. Tassels for doctoral students are gold.

Masters: The colors for the edging of hoods for master's students are determined by the college and discipline granting the degree, as listed in the table below. The tassels of caps for Master's students are black.

Please see important information about VT Regalia and Hooding.


Doctoral candidates participating in the commencement ceremony will receive their diplomas on stage. All other doctoral candidates and master's degree and certificate recipients will receive their diplomas by mail. Please ensure that your address is updated in HOKIESPA.

For information on how to change the name that will appear on your diploma, please see Name Change Instructions.


These dates appear on the diploma for qualified graduates. The added degree-conferring dates fall on the last day of final examinations of First Summer Term and Second Summer Term. See Degree-Conferring Dates for a full list. No commencement ceremonies are conducted during the summer. Students who complete degree requirements at these times may attend the next commencement, but they are requested to notify the Graduate School. All degrees conferred between commencements are listed in the commencement program for the following commencement. Diplomas for graduates will be mailed directly to the student.


Graduate Eligibility - Graduate students must show degree application status or we need verification from an advisor that you will complete your degree within the year of the ring year request. Please include name of advisor with application request.

To order please visit the VT Alumni Association website:


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