What is the May 22 celebration?

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 MarchingOrder (the company managing the virtual celebration) pages for each school, including Scalia Law School.

The law school’s page will include brief messages from the Dean, selected faculty and speakers, as well as your individual slides. Each slide will include your name in print. You may submit a photo or written message to be included on your slide.

Bookmark and share the link: go.gmu.edu/Mason2020 for easy access to links to GMU-TV (which will broadcast the celebration) and MarchingOrder (to register to personalize your slide)

For more information about the May 22 celebration, please visit the University’s FAQs

How do I submit my photo or written message?

You have received an email from MarchingOrder on behalf of Mason events, with instructions on how to submit both the phonetic spelling of your name and a photo or written message. While this information is optional, we encourage you to personalize your slide with a photo and/or message.

What is the deadline for submitting the phonetic spelling of my name?

Wednesday, April 29

What is the deadline for submitting a photo and written message?

Friday, May 8

Will there be a program for the May 22 celebration?

Yes, an electronic, downloadable program will be available on May 22.

Will there be a reception following the May 22 celebration?

On May 22, you are invited to join the Dean, the faculty, and your classmates for a virtual toast at 4:30 pm. You will be receiving a special invitation. We look forward to toasting your important milestone and future success!

How can I obtain regalia for the May 22 celebration?

Unlike most undergraduate caps and gowns, law school regalia is rented unless the graduate wishes to purchase it.

If you would like to rent regalia for the May 22 celebration, you should find all the information you need at the following website beginning April 30: https://gmulaw.shopoakhalli.com

  • Direct payment is made to the vendor, Oak Hall.
  • There is a $300.00 deposit along with an $8.00 shipping fee.
  • The deposit will be refunded back to you once the regalia is returned.
  • Oak Hall will provide a pre-paid shipping label for return of your rental at no cost.

You are also welcome to purchase regalia with any number of vendors.

Our JD regalia includes: Black JD Doctoral Robe with purple stripes, law hood, and tam.

Our LLM regalia includes: Black JD Doctoral Robe with purple stripes, law hood, and mortarboard.

Our JM regalia includes: Black Master’s Robe, law hood, and mortarboard.

When will we have an in-person commencement ceremony?

A date has not been set at this time, but the law school will hold a convocation for the class of 2020 in the near future. We are awaiting guidance from the university before selecting date. We are cognizant of changing bar administration dates, and it is our goal to work around bar preparation and bar exam dates.

In the coming weeks, we look for the SBA to complete the election process for commencement speakers. We hope that election winners will be able to join the live commencement when it occurs, but if not, we will pre-record and play messages to the attendees.

At the in-person commencement ceremony, we will read the names of all graduates, even the names of those who are unable to attend the ceremony, with permission.

Regalia will be worn at the in-person commencement ceremony.

We will distribute honor cords in conjunction with the in-person commencement ceremony. If a graduate is unable to attend the ceremony, the cords will be mailed to the graduate.

A published program (hard copy) will be provided. That program will include the speakers and full ceremony. Copies of the program will be mailed to anyone unable to attend the event.

The ceremony will be live-streamed.

We will hold the traditional graduation reception at the law school either the day before or the day of the ceremony. Faculty and staff look forward to meeting and greeting the families and friends of 2020 graduates at that time.