Commencement 2014 Information
May 17, 2014, at 10 a.m., Patriot Center
Every year, excitement fills the air as Commencement approaches. Spring has arrived and students are eager to graduate and move on to the next phase of their lives. This year, as the university welcomes David Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, as its Commencement speaker, families should prepare for a packed and lively event.
Where and when is Commencement?
Spring Commencement will be held May 17, at the Patriot Center. Graduates and guests should arrive no later than 9 a.m. as the ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Graduates will assemble at 9 a.m. on the Johnson Center North Plaza. Convocation information is here.
Does my family need tickets?
Yes. All guests attending Commencement must have a ticket to enter the Patriot Center.
Will there be additional tickets available?
If tickets are still available on Saturday, May 17, they will be distributed on a first-come basis beginning at 9 a.m. until the ceremony at the Patriot Center Box Office. No ID required.
How should I get to the Patriot Center?
Visitor information and driving directions to George Mason University.
Families should plan for traffic congestion and difficulty parking. If you wish to park and walk to the Patriot Center, a number of lots are available. Expect heavy traffic approaching and leaving campus in all directions.
- Free parking is available in all general lots and the visitor area of Mason Pond Deck (Levels 1-2) for convocations and commencement
- Free parking will be available in the permit areas of Rappahannock River Parking Deck
- A limited amount of free parking will also be available Thursday-Saturday in the permit levels (Levels 2-5) of Shenandoah Parking Deck
- Download the Mason Mobile App to get walking and driving directions to your event!
Attendants will be directing traffic to open and available parking.
Since convocations are scheduled at the Patriot Center and Concert Hall simultaneously, parking on the southern end of campus, including lots A, C, J, K, L, and the Mason Pond Deck will be extremely busy. Expect traffic along Braddock Road to be extremely heavy. 511 Virginia, a toll-free phone service (owned by the Virginia Department of Transportation) can be called for real-time traffic conditions or followed at @511northernva on Twitter. Follow George Mason Parking on Twitter for up-to-date parking information as well.
What if my family gets hungry and thirsty?
Families may purchase food and beverages at the Johnson Center. Beverages, alcoholic or non, and smoking are not permitted in either the academic procession or the Patriot Center.