Spring 2021 Graduation

CEHD graduates in regalia

Your moment is almost here, spring 2021 grads! Interested in celebrating virtually, in-person, or both? You have options! Check them out below.

Virtual Commencement: All graduates and guests are invited to join the entire Mason community for the live-streamed GMU University Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 14, at 2 PM EDT. The link to the live-stream will become available here on Friday, May 14.

CEHD Marching Orders: After GMU University Commencement, graduates and their guests will be encouraged to visit their college’s Marching Orders site, which hosts CEHD-specific congratulatory messages and student slides available for download. The link to the CEHD Marching Orders site will become available here on Friday, May 14.

  • Students who have registered to graduate should have already received information on how to personalize their Marching Orders slide. If you haven’t, please contact University Events at gmuevent@gmu.edu
  • Please note the following deadlines for slide personalization:
    • April 19: Deadline to submit a pronunciation guide on your name.
    • April 26: Deadline to upload a picture and personal message for your slide.

In-person options: Graduates who want to participate in an in-person celebration can register for ONE of following options (further explanation available below table):

In-person Celebration Breakdown
Patriot ProcessionCEHD Mini Ceremony
Celebration SummaryPhoto opportunity as graduate walks across stageBrief, seated ceremony that includes Dean’s remarks and graduates walking across the stage
Guest tickets available per graduateUp to 8Up to 3
LocationMason Soccer StadiumOutside of EagleBank Arena
DateStudent selects preferred date during registrationMonday, May 10
TimeStudent selects preferred time during registration4:00 pm
RegaliaOptional – purchase here, if interestedRequired – purchase here
Professional photosTaken of the student as they cross the stage and with their guests afterTaken of the student as they cross the stage
Estimated durationAbout 5 minutes per graduate (+ wait time in line)One hour or slightly less
Registration deadlineRegistration will remain open until all slots are filledRegistration has closed as of Friday, April 16 at 5:00pm

Patriot Procession: The Patriot Procession is an opportunity for graduates to walk across the stage and get their photo taken, but it is not a ceremony. Graduates will select a day and time to come to the Soccer Stadium with their “pod” of up to eight guests. Upon arrival, graduates will wait in line with their pod until it’s their turn to cross the stage. Once they reach the front of the line, the student’s name will be announced as they walk across the stage while their pod stands in front of the stage to cheer and take pictures. Professional photos (available for purchase) will be taken of the student while they’re on the stage and of the student and their pod once they exit the stage. After their final photo is taken, the student will leave the stadium. Regalia is optional.

  • Register here. Registration will remain open until all spots are filled.

CEHD Mini Ceremony: Registration is now closed. The CEHD Mini Ceremony is a one-hour (or less) seated ceremony on Monday, May 10, at 4:00 pm outside EagleBank Arena that will include brief congratulatory remarks from the CEHD Dean followed by the reading of graduates’ names as they walk across the stage and are photographed. After crossing the stage, students will return to their seats until all graduates have crossed the stage and closing remarks have been made. Once the ceremony concludes, graduates and their guests (up to 3) will be carefully guided to exit pod-by-pod. Regalia is required and available for purchase online here

  • Registration closed on Friday, April 16.

Questions? Please contact Student Enrichment Coordinator Brianna Alford at balford@gmu.edu.