JM-LLM Graduation Information

Please use this zoom link to watch our JM-LLM Convocation Ceremony live on Friday, May 10th at 2 p.m. EDT.

This page is your resource for all information about Scalia Law’s 2024 JM/LLM graduation ceremony. Visit this page often for updates.

JD graduates should visit the JD graduation information page for information about their ceremony.

Important Dates

Date Event
February 13 Deadline to apply for graduation with the Records Office
March 11 Deadline to RSVP for SBA Reception
March 11–March 29 Ticket pickup in Grad Programs Office (Hazel 216) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. (details below)
March 31 Deadline to order Cap & Gown online
April 19 Deadline to inform Administration of mobility issues, needs for wheelchair accessible seating, or sign language interpreter for the Law School Convocation Ceremony — contact David Hull at dhull4@gmu.edu
May 1 – May 10 Pick up LLM Caps & Gowns at the Mason Square Bookstore during regular business hours (Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.). The Bookstore will be open on Friday, May 10 until 12:00 p.m. for last-minute regalia pickup — please arrive early!

Note: JM Caps & Gowns will be shipped to your home

May 9 University Commencement, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Eagle Bank Arena, Mason Fairfax Campus (optional for law graduates)
May 10 Tickets reserved with Jenny Mendoza (jmendoz4@gmu.edu) may be picked up in Hazel Hall 216 until 12:00 p.m.
May 10 Law School JM/LLM Convocation, 2:00* – 4:00 p.m., Van Metre Auditorium, Mason Square (Arlington Campus)

*Students should be on-site by 1:00 p.m.

May 10 SBA Graduation Reception, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Hazel Hall Atrium, Scalia Law, Mason Square (Arlington Campus)

Graduation Information

Spring Commencement — University Wide
Thursday, May 9, 2024
10:00 a.m.
EagleBank Arena (Mason Fairfax Campus)
4500 Patriot Circle
Fairfax, VA 22030

The University Commencement is officiated by the President of George Mason University and recognizes all 2024 graduates of George Mason University. The Law School will not have an official presence, but law students may participate if they choose. Information about the University Wide Commencement can be found on the Mason Graduation webpage. Tickets to the 5/9 ceremony must be reserved via the University Commencement Ceremony ticket link.

Antonin Scalia Law School JM/LLM Convocation Ceremony
Friday, May 10, 2024
2:00 p.m.
Van Metre Auditorium, Van Metre Hall, Mason Square (Arlington Campus)
3301 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201

The Law School’s JM/LLM Convocation Ceremony is a special ceremony for JM & LLM law graduates only. The ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m., but students should arrive by 1:00 p.m. to gown, take a group photo, and stage for the ceremony.

Graduation Speaker

Sandra Castaneda (LLM ’21)
Vice President & Corporate Counsel at Marriott International

Ticketing for the ASLS JM/LLM Convocation

Each graduating JM/LLM student will receive five tickets. All guests, regardless of age, must have a valid ticket for entry.

You may pick up your tickets in the Grad Programs Office (Hazel 216) between March 11 and March 29 on the following days:

Day Time
Mondays 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Wednesdays 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Fridays 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Please bring your ID for ticket pick-up. If you know you won’t need all 5 tickets, please turn them in or offer them to classmates who might need more!

If you missed the pickup window in March, make sure you have reserved guest tickets with Jenny Mendoza (jmendoz4@gmu.edu). You may pick up guest tickets in Hazel 216 until noon on Friday, May 10.

Doors to the Auditorium will open at 1:15 p.m. for guests. All tickets are general admission. Graduates do not require a ticket.

If you have a guest that has mobility issues, or requires wheelchair accessible seating or a sign language interpreter, please contact David Hull at dhull4@gmu.edu no later than April 19.

COVID Policy

See Mason’s COVID webpage for information about COVID-related health measures.

Van Metre Auditorium Policies

Weapons, food, beverages, and smoking are prohibited. Photography is permitted during the ceremony but we ask that you turn off your flash. Guests may not bring large bags into the venue during Convocation; please bring only small bags or clutches. Graduates should not carry any bags or valuables with them.

Parking

Parking is available in the Van Metre Garage, directly underneath Van Metre Hall. Accessible parking will be provided in the Van Metre Garage. See a map of the Mason Square (Arlington campus), and more information on parking. Please note the Virginia Square/GMU Metro station is just two blocks away!

Accommodations

Hotels near Mason Square (the Law School’s Arlington campus) include:

Hotels near Mason’s Fairfax campus and the Center for the Arts’ Concert Hall include:

Local Airports:

May 10, 2024 Law School JM/LLM Convocation Ceremony Timeline

Time Event
12:00 p.m. Deadline to pick up regalia in the Mason Square Bookstore; Deadline to pick up guest tickets in Hazel 216
1:00 p.m. JM/LLM check in at Van Metre 113. Robe in Van Metre 113. DO NOT BRING ANY PERSONAL ITEMS, PURSES, OR VALUABLES WITH YOU INTO THE BACKSTAGE AREA. There is no place to store them!
1:10 p.m. Class of 2024 group photo
1:15 p.m. Doors open for guests
1:30 p.m. Students line up in Multipurpose Room for procession
2:00 p.m. Convocation begins
3:30 p.m. Convocation ends
4:00 p.m. Return caps and gowns to designated area (you may keep the tassel)
4:00 p.m. SBA Reception in Hazel Hall Atrium

More detailed information about the ceremony will be emailed prior to graduation.

Photography

Mason Events Management handles the photographer for the ceremony. Photographic proofs of graduates receiving their diplomas will be emailed directly to each graduate. For more information, please visit the GradImages website.

Student Bar Association Graduation Reception

Friday, May 10, 2024
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Hazel Hall Atrium

For more information, email mstuart6@gmu.edu

Caps & Gowns, Announcements, Class Rings, etc.

Caps & Gowns

Cap & gown orders closed on March 31.

LLM Cap & Gown

Please note: LLM graduates will need to click on “Law Graduates” and then on “Doctoral Rental Package” on the Oak Hall site to obtain the correct regalia.

The rental fee for LLM cap and gown will be $136.98; you can also order packages including diploma frames and announcements from the Oak Hall website. You must provide your name, height, weight, and hat size at the link to be provided. Caps & gowns will be distributed at the Mason Square bookstore May 1 – May 10 during regular business hours: Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. You must pick up your cap & gown no later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2024. Please arrive early if you are picking up regalia on May 10th.

Caps & gowns must be returned at a designated area after the convocation ceremony. The tassel is yours to keep.

JM Cap & Gown

The purchase fee for JM cap & gown will be $136.98. You must provide your name, height, weight, and hat size at the link to be provided. These caps & gowns are yours to keep. Caps & gowns for JM graduates will be mailed directly to the address you specify at checkout — you cannot pick up your JM cap & gown at the bookstore.

Announcements, Class Rings, and Accessories

To order graduation announcements, class rings, and other accessories please visit the Herff Jones website.

Contact Information

Questions about… Contact Email
Graduation Eligibility Records Office lwrecord@gmu.edu
Convocation Ceremony David Hull dhull4@gmu.edu
SBA Reception Mary Stuart mstuart6@gmu.edu
Caps & Gowns Stuart Gitow sgitow@bncollege.com