Graduation 2013

Winter Graduation Information

Thursday, December 19 at 1:00 p.m. in the Patriot Center

To celebrate George Mason University December 2013 graduates, the Winter Graduation will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the Patriot Center. View the schedule and details regarding graduation activities. View On-line maps and printed maps and directions.

Shari Arison, American-Israeli businesswoman and philanthropist, will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters and will also serve as speaker. Visit the Office of Events Management for additional information. Visit Mason News.

Parking and Traffic Update for December 19, 2013
Expect heavy traffic and construction approaching and leaving campus in all directions.

Free parking is available in all general lots for graduation.
Attendants will be directing traffic to open and available parking. Since graduation is scheduled at the Patriot Center, 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. Follow the Twitter feed of George Mason Parking for up-to-date parking information.

Faculty/Staff Parking Advisory for December 19
It is strongly recommended to park on the north end of campus, including the Rappahannock River Parking Deck and access campus via University Drive to avoid the heaviest traffic.


Q&A

Does my family need tickets?
Yes. All guests two and over attending Winter Graduation must have a ticket to enter the Patriot Center.

Will there be additional tickets available?
If tickets are still available on Thursday, December 19, 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.

Photo Opportunities
A photographer will be on hand for cap and gown photos before Graduation, December 19, starting at 11 a.m. until noon at the Patriot Center. Photographers will be present at graduation to photograph the ceremony.

What if my family gets hungry and thirsty?
Families may purchase food and beverages from concession stands in the Patriot Center or at the Johnson Center.

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