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WHAT CEHD STUDENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT • The Graduation Process • University Commencement • Degree Celebrations

Spring/Summer 2020

Planning to be a Spring or Summer 2020 Graduate?


FOLLOW THE STEPS to guide you through the graduation process from start to finish!

Before Graduation: □ Review Degree Works with your academic advisor to be sure you’re on track to graduate. □ Apply to graduate via Patriot Web no later than February 22. Watch a tutorial on how to apply here. □ Determine which ceremonies you are eligible to attend. □ Doctoral Candidates Only: Register your intent to attend University Commencement no later than April 15. □ Check your Mason email regularly in case there are problems with your graduation application. It’s also where you’ll find Degree Celebration information and updates. □ Rent/purchase your graduation cap & gown from the bookstore beginning on March 3. Online ordering is available until April 17. Doctoral candidates must order their regalia by April 17 to avoid an additional $25 late fee.

Why do I have to apply to graduate? Graduation is not an automatic process, even if you do not plan on attending any graduation ceremonies. In order to receive a diploma and have your transcript indicate that you are actually a Mason graduate, you must apply to graduate! Skipping this process could cause you to lose out on a job offer or delay your entrance into graduate school. Learn more about the graduation process at the Registrar’s website.

Will my name be in the program?

Yes, but only if you apply to graduate via Patriot Web by February 22! Names cannot be added after this date. Note: If you have a Confidential Hold on your Mason record, you must remove it by February 22 if you wish to have your name appear in the graduation programs.

Can I still participate in graduation ceremonies if I missed the February 22 deadline to apply via Patriot Web?

Yes, but remember that your name will not appear in the Degree Celebration and Commencement Programs. Don’t forget, you still need to submit a paper Late Graduation Application by June 26 (spring graduates) or October 2 (summer graduates) in order to get your degree.

When will I receive my diploma?

When you cross the stage at your Degree Celebration you are given a “fake” diploma. Your actual diploma will be mailed to you 6-8 weeks after your official Degree Conferral Date. Upcoming conferral dates and mailing times are as follows: Spring 2020 May 16, 2020 - Diplomas mailed in late June Summer 2020 August 22, 2020 - Diplomas mailed in early October

The Ceremonies

University Commencement Friday, May 15, 10:00 am, EagleBank Arena School of Kinesiology (SOK) School of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management (SRTM) Degree Celebration Friday, May 15, 2:00 pm, Center for the Arts School of Education (SOED) Degree Celebration Saturday, May 16, 10:00 am, EagleBank Arena

Which ceremony should I attend? Go to your CEHD Degree Celebration and University Commencement. They are different, and both celebrate YOU! Take a look: University Commencement

Degree Celebrations

All Mason graduates attend

Only CEHD graduates attend

Wear cap and gown

Wear cap and gown

Graduates process through

All graduates individually

campus •

recognized/photographed on stage

Official Commencement Address

Guest Speaker

from Guest Speaker

CEHD Student Speaker

Class of ‘20 Student Speaker

CEHD Program Award Winners

PhD graduates are hooded/ photographed on stage

All other students stand and are recognized as a group

recognized More personal celebration with faculty and classmates •

No tickets needed

No tickets needed

Winter 2019 Spring 2020 Summer 2020

May I participate in University Commencement? No Yes (All Degrees) Yes (Bachelor’s & Master’s Grads Only)

□ Take that cap and gown out of the bag and iron it! You don’t want wrinkles in your photos! □ Know where you’re going and when to be there. □ Know when and where your guests should be going (and then tell them). No tickets are needed. □ Arrive NO LATER THAN 60 MINUTES BEFORE THE CEREMONY. Seriously, you have a lot to do when you get there! □ Bring your ID or G number with you. □ Don’t carry bags, purses, balloons, or flowers - you need your hands free for that diploma!

Degree Celebrations Only: □ Check in at your assembly area and get a name card and alumni pin. □ Look for signs and line up with your Program.

Am I Eligible? I finished my degree in:

Day of the Ceremony:

May I participate in my CEHD Degree Celebration? Yes (All Degrees) Yes (All Degrees) Yes (Bachelor’s & Master’s Grads Only)


□ Be sure to fill out BOTH SIDES of the name card. You will hand this to the reader before you cross the stage .

Dress for Success!


Regalia is available only through the University Bookstore beginning on March 3. Bachelor’s (cap, gown, tassel - purchase)...........................................$70.98 Master’s (cap, gown, tassel, & hood - purchase)............................$118.98 Doctoral (cap, gown, tassel, & hood - rental)....................................$164.98

Be the Star of the Show: □ Don’t forget to send us your photos and messages of appreciation to play during the pre-Degree Celebration slide shows. We especially love to include pictures from your class activities and campus events. Learn more here. □ SOK/SRTM Students Only: Record a brief thank you to family and faculty, a favorite Mason memory, or tell us what you’ll miss the most about Mason and send it to us. These totally anonymous student voiceovers play at the beginning of your Degree Celebration to set the mood just before you start processing in. Trust us, your family will cry! □ Apply to be a 2020 Degree Celebration Student Speaker. Applications are being accepted until March 27 and one student will be chosen to speak at each Degree Celebration. Don’t be shy - send us your speech! □ Applications are also being accepted until April 10 to be the Student Speaker for University Commencement.

CEHD Hood Colors: MEd. - Light blue | MA (School Psychology) - White | MS - Gold PhD - Royal Blue Helpful videos: How to wear your master’s hood courtesy of Kean University The Do’s and Don’ts of Hooding from George Mason University

Visit the Graduation Fair

Gowns for Grads Lending Program

March 3-5 10:00 am - 7:00 pm Dewberry Hall

Rolling application Opens February 3 Closes April 27

For your convenience, the University Bookstore hosts this one-stop shop for graduation gear and information. Caps/gowns, announcements, rings, diploma frames, graduation photos, Commencement information and more will all be available.

Don’t miss your graduation because you can’t afford the cost of a cap and gown! The Gowns for Grads program lends regalia to students in need. Caps/ gowns are returned after the ceremonies. Inventory is limited, so apply early!

Say Cheese! Photos & Livestreams Each graduate will be photographed at their Degree Celebration, usually a total of three times, while crossing the stage. Just stay alert and smile. Be sure to fill out the back of your name card when you check in for the ceremony. It will help the photographer in emailing your proofs to you. University Commencement and the Degree Celebrations are offered online via livestream. Check your Mason email and the University Commencement website for links closer to the ceremony dates.

MEMORIES! Where do I go?

University Commencement Arrive no later than 8:30 am on Friday, May 15 Bachelor’s & Master’s assemble on Mason Pond Drive PhD’s assemble at 8:15 am in lobby of Center for the Arts

SOK/SRTM Degree Celebration Arrive no later than 1:00 pm on Friday, May 15

SOED Degree Celebration Arrive no later than 9:00 am on Saturday, May 16 Bachelor’s and Master’s assemble All graduates follow signs to the in Lot A outside EagleBank Arena right side of Center for the Arts loading dock Group photo will be taken promptly PhD’s assemble in lobby outside of at 1:30 pm in assembly area EagleBank Arena hospitality room

Last-minute updates Any last-minute changes, such as those due to inclement weather, will be broadcast as widely as possible to all graduates. Check your Mason email, as well as the University and College of Education and Human Development graduation pages, for more information.

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Guest Information

Tickets are not needed for any ceremony. All seating is general admission. Doors open at 9:00 am for University Commencement in EagleBank Arena. Doors open at 1:15 pm for the SOK/SRTM Degree Celebration in the Center for the Arts. Doors open at 9:00 am for the SOED Degree Celebration in EagleBank Arena. All general parking areas will be open for graduate and guest parking. Please be patient, leave yourself enough time, and expect heavy traffic on and around campus. Handicapped and special needs parking is available in Lot A adjacent to the South Entrance of EagleBank Arena and in spaces in front of the Center for the Arts. Special needs seating is available in Rows E, F, and G of all sections at EagleBank Arena. Enter at the concourse level to access seating without climbing stairs. Wheelchair accessible seating is available in sections 4, 8, 13, and 17. For direction to special needs and wheelchair accessible seating in Center for the Arts, please contact an usher or the courtesy desk upon arrival. Light refreshments are served after each ceremony. EagleBank Arena concessions are also expected to be open. Bags will be checked at all entrances. Balloons and noisemakers are not permitted at any venue. Strollers must remain in the lobby at Center for the Arts. All ceremonies are expected to last approximately 2 hours each. These are formal occasions; graduates and their guests are expected to remain for the entire ceremony out of respect for all graduates.

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