In-Person Options for Spring 2021 Commencement

In-Person Options for Spring 2021 Commencement

Provost Mark Ginsberg has announced in-person graduation recognition events for the Spring 2021 graduating class and all 2020 graduates. The events will take place on Mason’s Fairfax Campus during the week of May 10.

Graduates may choose one of two in-person options, and tickets will be available for some of their family and friends to attend. The official University Commencement will be held virtually at 2 p.m. EST Friday, May 14, and all 2021 graduates are encouraged to participate. Commencement will be live-streamed and the link will be posted on the graduation website at

In addition, new in-person events are opportunities to celebrate graduates' academic accomplishments while still adhering to COVID-related health restrictions. So that Mason can accommodate as many graduates as possible, graduates may select either the Patriot Procession or a Mini Ceremony. Registration is required to participate in either event.

The Patriot Procession

The Patriot Procession is a unique opportunity for graduates and their guests to celebrate this tremendous achievement together in a very personal way.

The Patriot Procession will take place at the soccer stadium on the Fairfax Campus. Graduates choose a preferred time and may bring up to eight guests. Graduates will have their moment on stage and their name will be announced. They will have several photo opportunities that will conclude with a photograph with their family and friends. Wearing graduation regalia is encouraged but not required. Registration is required and will remain open as long as time slots are available. The Patriot Procession will be ongoing during the week of May 10, with the schedule posted at

Mini Ceremonies

Mini ceremonies offered by each of Mason’s academic colleges will take place outside EagleBank Arena during the week of May 10. In addition, 2020 graduates will have their own celebratory mini ceremony. Those who participate in the mini ceremony are required to wear graduation regalia. Graduates may bring up to three guests, who will be seated with them. These one-hour ceremonies will include brief congratulatory remarks followed by the reading of graduates’ names as they cross the stage and are photographed. There will be no formal procession or recession during mini ceremonies. Registration is required and will close at 5 p.m. EST on Friday, April 16.

Once registration is closed, a finalized schedule will be announced and graduates who have registered will receive an email with instructions on how to claim their tickets.

A tentative schedule that lists the mini ceremony dates by college/school/event and information to rent regalia can be found at

REGISTER for the Patriot Procession or Mini Ceremony at

Doctoral Ceremony

Spring 2021 doctoral candidates and all 2020 doctoral graduates are invited to participate together in a live, university-wide event where their names and degrees will be announced on the morning of Friday, May 14.

Each graduate may invite up to three guests. Those who participate in the doctoral ceremony are required to wear graduation regalia. Please indicate your desire to participate by completing the registration form by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, April 16. The ceremony details will be finalized at that time and you will receive an email with instructions to claim your tickets. If you are a doctoral candidate, please do not register for a mini ceremony.

REGISTER for the Doctoral Ceremony at

All events will take place rain or shine.

All events will follow current Virginia public health guidelines and will include social distancing. Face coverings are required to be worn at all times while on campus, except when photographs are being taken at the Patriot Procession or Mini Ceremonies. All graduates and their guests are required to complete the Mason COVID Health Check on the day of the event and must be prepared to show their green health check confirmation email to be admitted to their respective events. All attendees, including graduates, must show their tickets for admittance to comply with contact tracing protocols. Go to for all the latest information. We look forward to celebrating your academic achievements!