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Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

Center for the Arts at George Mason University in Fairfax

Commencement Speaker: Virginia Secretary of Technology Karen R. Jackson

Student Speaker: James Muetzel

Attending Commencement Graduate candidates must electronically submit an Application for Degree/Certificate (AFDC) through Hokie Spa by March 1, 2014 for degree conferral for names to appear in the Commencement Bulletin.

The Plan of Study must be approved by the Graduate School prior to submitting the AFDC. PHD and EDD students must also include their dissertation titles when submitting the AFDC for their names to appear in the bulletin. Without this title, names will not be listed.

The information entered on the AFDC is used to order the diploma; please ensure that the information is correct. A fee in the amount of $25.00 will be assessed to the studentís account.

Graduate candidates must confirm plans to attend Commencement by May 1, 2014. Complete the Attendance Form found on Hokie Spa (click Degree Menu, Graduate Student Degree Menu, and then Attending Commencement).

Doctoral candidates must complete all requirements, including approval of the Electronic Thesis/Dissertation (ETD) by May 9, 2014 to be eligible to participate in the hooding ceremony during Commencement. This deadline allows time to prepare diplomas for presentation on stage to the doctoral candidates. All diplomas and certificates except for the doctoral will be mailed.

Student Check-in Graduate candidates should report to their department tables at 12:00 p.m. where they will receive a name card, then proceed to the robing rooms. Personal belongings cannot be stored in the robing rooms; therefore, arrangements should be made for securing these items. Instructions will be given as to how to be hooded, line-up, process and recess.

All graduate candidates will march by degree, college, and department. Line-up will begin at 1:00 p.m. Late arrivals will march at the end of the line.

Academic regalia
Academic regalia is required. Caps, gowns, hoods, and tassels may be purchased from the bookstore at For academic regalia colors by college see

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Guest and Seating
Guests will be seated beginning at 12:45 p.m. Seating for individuals with impaired mobility will be available at the ceremony. A sign language interpreter will be provided. The ceremony will last approximately one and a half hours. There is no limit to the number of people you can invite.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, contact the Graduate Student Services Office 48 hours prior to the event at Tel: (703) 538-8327 or TTY (703) 538-8314. For additional commencement information, contact the Graduate Student Services Office at (703) 538-8327 or