REMINDER: All Caps & Gowns must be ordered by Friday, April 13 before 4:00pm. The law school will pa for caps and gowns ordered before the deadline. Any graduate wishing to purchase graduation announcements may go to: Herff Jones Store. Please allow 7-10 days for delivery. 


Graduation Information

University Commencement is on Friday, May 18, 2018.

10:00 a.m.
University Commencement
EagleBank Arena, Fairfax Campus

The University Commencement is officiated by the University President and recognizes all 2018 graduates of George Mason University. Law graduates are encouraged to attend. Tickets for guests are required; each graduate is allotted four (4) tickets. More information about the University Commencement is available on the Mason website.

School of Law celebration is on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

2:00 p.m.
School of Law Celebration
Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus

Graduating Students should arrive by 12:15 p.m.

The School of Law Celebration is a special ceremony for law graduates only. This ceremony is NOT to be confused with the GMU General Commencement ceremony that is held the day before at 10:00 a.m. Graduates may attend both. The School of Law Graduation ceremony will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.

Graduating students may bring up to 8 guests to the School of Law Graduation ceremony. If you wish to bring additional guests, please contact Denise Beatty in the SBA office. Paper tickets will not be issued for the ceremony.

Graduates and Guests should park in the Visitors Parking Garage next to the Concert Hall.

Important Dates

February 16 Graduation applications due to the Law School Records Office.
February 28 & March 1 Cap and gown measurements, announcements, ring and other graduation item orders in Law School Atrium — February 28 and March 1, Wednesday and Thursday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
April 13 If you do not get measured for your cap and gown when Oak Hall representatives are in the atrium on February 28 and March 1, you must go to the campus bookstore to be measured. No orders will be accepted after April 13.
May 4 Graduates should advise the SBA if they will be bringing guests who need special assistance NO LATER THAN May 4, 2018. Email Denise Beatty.
May 4 Graduates must RSVP to the graduation reception via the Eventbrite emailed to all graduating students.
May 7 - May 16 Monday—Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Distribution of caps and gowns at Arlington Campus Bookstore during regular business hours. If you do not pick up your cap and gown by May 16, you must pick it up prior to the Law School Graduation ceremony at the Concert Hall at 12:00 p.m.
*May 18 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Evening Cocktail Reception for law grads and their families in the Atrium of the Law School.

May 19, 2018 - Sequence of Events, School of Law Graduation

12:15 p.m. Park in the Parking Garage next to the Concert Hall. Law Graduates arrive at Concert Hall. Robe in theatre area, backstage. Tassels worn on right for ceremony, left for conferral of degree. Graduates may keep tassel. Do not bring personal items, purses, or valuables with you into the theatre area. There will be no security to protect them from theft!
12:45 p.m. Panoramic class photograph taken outside the Concert hall, weather permitting. The photo will be taken at 12:30 p.m. In the case of inclement weather, the class photo will be taken in the Concert Hall. Don’t be late!
1:10 p.m.

Graduates line up alphabetically backstage for processional line. Promptness is essential! Guests who need special assistance should plan to arrive at the Concert Hall by 1:15 p.m. See May 4 deadline (above) for information about requesting special seating.

1:15 p.m.

Doors open for guests. (Parking on Parking Deck.)

2:00 p.m.

Procession begins. Graduates follow collegial marshals.

3:45 p.m.

Ceremony ends, followed by light refreshments. Return caps & gowns to designated area.

 NOTE: GMU Events Management handles photography for the convocation ceremony. Photographic proofs of graduates receiving their diplomas will be mailed directly to each graduate. Beverages, alcoholic or non-alcoholic, and smoking are prohibited in the procession and in Concert Hall.


MAY 18—Graduation Reception

The Student Bar Association invites graduates, their families, and guests to the:

Annual Graduation Reception

Friday, May 18, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Hazel Hall Atrium,
George Mason University, Arlington Campus
Arlington Campus Directions

Each year, the Student Bar Association hosts a special reception for graduates the evening before graduation. The reception gives graduates a chance to relax and socialize with their fellow graduates, family members, and faculty/staff/administrators from the School of Law.

Attire - dressy casual, free parking is available in Founder's garage from 5:45-9:00pm. All students must register if they plan to attend the Law School Graduation Reception. Please register on eventbrite at the following link:


Register Today


Graduating students may bring up to 4 guests to the School of Law Reception ceremony. If you wish to bring additional guests, please contact Denise Beatty in the SBA office.


Caps & Gowns, Announcements, Class Rings, etc.

Caps & Gowns
Caps and gowns rental orders may be ordered at the Graduation Fair in the Hazel Hall Atrium  on February 28 and March 1. If you are unable to attend the Graduation Fair, you should order your cap and gown from the Arlington Campus Bookstore NO LATER THAN April 13

Mason Law will cover the cost of your cap and gown rental. Caps and gowns ordered through the Arlington Campus Bookstore by April 13 will be directly billed to the Law School. 

Caps and gowns will be distributed from May 5 – May 19 at the Arlington Campus Bookstore. Hours are Monday—Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m./ Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Announcements, Class Rings, & Accessories
These items are supplied by Herff Jones Store


Contact Information

All inquiries about the 2018 Graduation should be directed to the Student Bar Association Graduation Committee. Please contact Denise Beatty in the SBA office. 

Office Location:
Hazel Hall Room 334
George Mason University Arlington Campus

Mailing Address
SBA Graduation Committee
3301 Fairfax Drive, MSN 1G3
Arlington, Virginia 22201