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Degree Celebration

George Mason University Commencement

EagleBank Arena, Friday, May 17, 2019, at 10 a.m.

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Congratulations Class of 2019!


Mason Engineering Students at the school's Degree Celebration

The school's Degree Celebration is different from University Commencement; it is a more intimate gathering of students, faculty, and administrators from our school. 

During the Degree Celebration, students walk across the stage as their names are called. Dean Ken Ball and department chairs congratulate students, and a professional photographer will take photos.

The ceremony happens on Thursday May 16, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at EagleBank Arena. No tickets are required; you may bring as many guests you like. The event should last about two hours. We ask that you stay the entire time to show respect for your fellow students.

We look forward to seeing all of our graduates, their families, and friends at our upcoming celebrations.

Continue celebrating at your department's reception. After the ceremony, we invite family, friends, and guests to join faculty and staff at receptions at various campus locations. 

  • Bioengineering – Peterson Atrium
  • Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering– EagleBank Arena Concourse
  • Computer Science – Long and Kimmy Nguyen Building -Atrium
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering – Ike’s
  • Information Sciences and Technology – Johnson Center Bistro
  • Systems Engineering and Operations Research and Cybersecurity Engineering – Johnson Center 2nd Floor Lounge
  • Statistics – Department Office (First Floor of the Long and Kimmy Nguyen Building
  • Mechanical Engineering – HUB Corner Pocket


Speaker for 2019

James F. Kurose

James F. Kurose is assistant director of the National Science Foundation for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). Prior to joining NSF, he was a distinguished professor in the School of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he led research projects on computer network protocols and architecture, network measurement, sensor networks, multimedia communication, and modeling and performance evaluation.

At NSF, Kurose guides the CISE directorate in its mission to advance the nation’s leadership in computer and information science and engineering through its support for fundamental and transformative research, as well as the development and use of cyberinfrastructure across the disciplines of science and engineering. With a budget of more than $900 million in 2017, CISE supports ambitious long-term research and other important initiatives including broad interdisciplinary collaborations, and the education and training of the next generation of computer scientists and information technology professionals.

At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Kurose served in a number of administrative roles including chair of the department of computer science, interim dean and executive associate dean of the college of natural sciences, and senior faculty advisor to the vice chancellor for research and engagement. He has been a visiting scientist at research facilities throughout the world. With Keith Ross, he coauthored the textbook, Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach, which is in its seventh edition.

Kurose holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from Wesleyan University, and a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in computer science from Columbia University. He is a fellow of the IEEE and ACM.

Information for Doctoral Candidates

We invite doctoral candidates and faculty advisors to join us in the EagleBank Arena Hospitality Suite at 1 p.m. on May 16. Please encourage guests to proceed directly into the arena, as there is no reserved seating. The graduate procession will begin at 1:30 p.m. 

Your faculty advisor will be on stage to congratulate you during the school's Degree Celebration. Hooding of doctoral candidates takes place at the University Commencement on Friday, May 17, at 10 a.m.

Information for Faculty

Faculty at 2017 Degree Celebration

To support participation, the university will pay for the rental of regalia through the George Mason bookstore by any faculty member who will make the commitment to attend and act as a marshal for the ceremonies. To participate as a marshal at Commencement and the Volgenau School of Engineering’s Degree Celebration, please contact your department chair.

  • If you ordered rental regalia from the bookstore for the May 2018 Commencement, you will be receiving an e-mail from them confirming your specific regalia information. Please respond with your intention to participate.
  • If you rented regalia last May and do not receive an e-mail from the bookstore by March 20, please e-mail the bookstore.
  • If you did not rent regalia from the bookstore for the May 2018 Commencement, but wish to do so this year, please call 703-993-3870 (3-3870) to place your order. You may also e-mail the bookstore  with questions.
  • The deadline to order the rental regalia is April 12, 2019. After that deadline, faculty may still order regalia, but will be charged a late fee of $25.00. The university will not be responsible for this charge.
  • The rental regalia for spring will be available for pick up starting May 1, 2019. Faculty ordering after the deadline should expect a delay in receiving regalia. You may call to see if it is in before you make the trip in to the store. 
Mason Engineering Students at the school's Degree Celebration