Virtual Celebration for the Class of 2020
On May 22 at 2:00 p.m., George Mason University will host a virtual celebration for the Class of 2020. This celebration does not replace a commencement ceremony, which will be held at a future date. This celebration, hosted on the university’s website, will include messages from Interim President Holton and guest speakers. The main university page will link to the Marching Order (the company managing the virtual celebration) pages for each school, including Scalia Law School. For more information, see FAQs – Class of 2020 Graduation Celebrations
More information about the University Commencement is available on the email@example.com
Graduates and Guests should park in the Visitors Parking Garage next to the Concert Hall.
Important Dates - Please note graduation has been postponed.
|February 19||Graduation applications due to the Law School Records Office.|
|March 3||Cap and gown rentals must be ordered online. More details to come.|
|April 6||The last day to order cap and gown rentals online.|
|April 7-17||Cap and Gowns can be ordered in the bookstore. Any orders placed after April 17 will incur a $25 late fee.|
|May 1||Graduates whose family members require special assistance must contact Denise Beatty at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1.|
|May 1||Graduates must RSVP to the Law School Graduation Reception via Eventbrite by May 1.|
|Postponed||Caps and Gowns will be distributed at the Arlington Campus GMU Bookstore during regular business hours: Monday – Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you do not pick up your cap and gown by May 14, you must pick up it up prior to the Law School Celebration Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.|
|Postponed||University Commencement, 10 a.m.|
|Postponed||Law School Graduation Reception, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception for law grads and their families. Law School Atrium.|
Law School Celebration Sequence of Events
|11:45 a.m.||Law Graduates arrive at the Concert Hall. Park in the Parking Garage next to the Concert Hall. Robe in theater area, backstage. DO NOT BRING PERSONAL ITEMS, PURSES, OR VALUABLES WITH YOU INTO THE THEATER AREA. There is no place to put them.|
|11:45 a.m.||Panoramic class photo taken outside Concert Hall, weather permitting. In the case of inclement weather, the photo will be taken inside the Concert Hall. Don’t be late!|
|12:10 p.m.||Graduates line up alphabetically backstage for processional. PROMPTNESS IS ESSENTIAL!|
Doors open for guests. Guests who need special assistance should arrive by this time.
|1:00 p.m.||Procession begins.|
Ceremony ends, followed by light refreshments.
|2:45 p.m.||Return caps & gowns to designated area.|
NOTE: GMU Events Management handles photography for the ceremony. Photographic proofs of graduates receiving their diplomas will be mailed directly to each graduate. All questions about photography at the ceremony should be made to GMU Creative Services. Beverages, alcoholic or non-alcoholic, and smoking are prohibited in the Concert Hall.
The Graduation Reception is postponed.
The Student Bar Association invited graduates, their families, and the guests to the Annual Law School Graduation Reception.
Hazel Hall Atrium,
George Mason University, Arlington Campus
Arlington Campus Directions
The Student Bar Association hosts a special graduation reception for graduates, their families, faculty, and staff the evening before the Law School Graduation Celebration.
Attire: Summer cocktail. Free parking is available in the Founder’s Hall garage from 5:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. All students, faculty and staff who plan to attend the reception must register. Each Graduate is limited to 4 Guests. Please include yourself in the count, which would allow you to register for 5 people (yourself and 4 guests). If you register more than once for the reception you will be barred from receiving any additional tickets.
Due to the large size of the graduating class, there may be no extra tickets available for the graduation reception. Registration for the reception closes on May 1. Extra tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis on May 4.
Caps & Gowns, Announcements, Class Rings, etc.
Caps & Gowns
Cap and gown rentals may be ordered through the link below. Online ordering will be available until April 6. Cap and gowns ordered after that date must be done in person at the GMU Arlington Bookstore by April 17. A $25 late fee will be assessed to all orders placed after April 17.
Cap and gown rentals cost $129.98. You must select your degree type and provide your height, weight, and hat size.
The law school will cover the cost of graduation cap and gown for those graduates who agree to attend both the University Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 15 and the Scalia Law School Law Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 16. Students who choose to attend only the law school specific ceremony will be required to rent their own cap and gown at the time of order. Students will be asked to make their attendance selection at time of cap and gown order.
Students who choose to attend both ceremonies and have their cap and gown costs covered by the law school will be required to sign in at the Friday ceremony. A law school staff member will collect signatures once students are seated in the arena at the Friday ceremony. If the law school does not receive an individual student’s signature affirming their attendance, then (1) the law school will presume the student was unable to attend the ceremony, (2) the student will be required to reimburse the cost of the cap and gown to the law school, and (3) the student’s transcript request(s) and diploma will be held until such time as the reimbursed cost is received by the law school.
Caps and Gowns will be distributed at the Arlington Campus GMU Bookstore during regular business hours: Monday – Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you do not pick up your cap and gown by May 14, you must pick up it up prior to the Law School Celebration Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
If you plan to attend both the University Commencement and the Law School Celebration, you must pick up your cap and gown before May 14.
Announcements, Class Rings, & Accessories
All inquiries about the 2020 Graduation should be directed to the Student Bar Association Graduation Committee. Please contact Denise Beatty at email@example.com.