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Mason Graduates More Than 8,100 at the 46th Spring Commencement

By Beth Pullias

At its 46th annual spring Commencement, George Mason University is again awarding a record-breaking number of degrees on Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m. in the Patriot Center.

The Class of 2013, with a total of 8,173 degrees, is the university’s largest class to date. Of the 2013 graduates, 4,781 are receiving bachelor’s degrees, 2,904 are receiving master’s degrees, 230 are receiving doctoral degrees, and 258 are receiving law degrees. The top five undergraduate majors this year are psychology (359), information technology (282), accounting (273), communications (271), and biology (220).

Senator Mark R. Warner

Senator Mark R. Warner

U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner Is this year’s commencement speaker. Warner, who holds an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Mason, was elected to the U.S. Senate representing Virginia in November 2008. After four years, he has established himself as a national leader in efforts to find bipartisan consensus to make government more efficient and create balanced solutions to reduce the federal deficit.

Senator Warner served as governor of Virginia from 2002 to 2006. He worked in a bipartisan way to turn record budget deficits into a surplus and recruit 135,000 jobs to Virginia, during which time Virginia was consistently recognized as the nation’s “best-managed state” and “best state for business.”

Brennan Morris

Brennan Morris

This year’s student speaker is Brennan Morris, who is graduating with a BA in communication. Morris is a member of Mason’s award-winning Forensics Team. He was the 2012 International Forensics Association champion in After Dinner Speaking and has advanced to four national final rounds at the American Forensics Association national individual events tournament, placing in the top 20 speakers in the nation for two consecutive years.

The former rector of Mason’s Board of Visitors Ernst Volgenau will receive the Mason Medal at this year’s ceremony. The George Mason Medal is the university’s highest honorary award and recognizes the recipient for his or her service to their community, state, or nation consistent with the level and quality of patriot George Mason’s public service in his own time.

Ernst Volgenau

Ernst Volgenau

Volgenau is the chairman of SRA International Inc., a company he founded in 1978. SRA is an information technology consulting and systems integration company serving primarily the federal government. Since its founding, SRA has sustained rapid growth and now exceeds 6,000 employees.

Volgenau earned his doctoral degree in engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles. He has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He is a professional engineer and a member of Tau Beta Pi.

For detailed information about the convocations planned for the week is available here.

Photos of the 2013 Commencement are available here.

To read more stories about Mason and the Class of 2013, check out the university’s News site.

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Danjing Shen

Danjing Shen

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