Spring Graduation Information

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*Spring 2020 Commencement & Degree Celebrations postponed indefinitely*

We have decided to postpone Commencement and our degree celebrations indefinitely. This was among the most difficult decisions we have had to make. These are time-honored traditions that students and their families look forward to, and we did not make this decision lightly. Our hope is to either reschedule at a later date, and/or to find a creative way to celebrate our students online. We will be seeking input from our graduating students on how they would like to be celebrated during these unprecedented times.  We’ll be in touch soon on this, as well.



SIS Celebration of Degree Ceremony will be held in the Concert Hall in The Center for the Arts on Wednesday, May 13th 2020 at 10:00 AM. Students should arrive no later than 9:00. 



Below is information about the May 2020 graduation process. If you intend to complete ALL of your remaining Integrative Studies, Environmental and Sustainability Studies or BIS degree requirements during the spring 2020 semester, you are eligible to graduate in May. If you still have remaining degree requirements to complete over the summer you MUST apply for summer graduation. However, all summer graduates are still permitted to 'walk' in the spring graduation ceremonies. 

It is your responsibility to make sure that each of the graduation steps is completed. Failure to complete any of the steps will delay your graduation.

When to apply

The Graduation Application must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar by February 23, 2020. IF YOU HAVE REMAINING COURSEWORK TO COMPLETE DURING THE SUMMER DO NOT APPLY FOR SPRING DEGREE CONFERRAL! YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION FOR THE SUMMER DEGREE CONFERRAL. You can still participate in the spring ceremony with a summer application.

May 2020 Graduation - Important Dates at a Glance

February 23, 2020
Deadline to file your SPRING Graduation Application with the Registrar. The summer graduation application opens on 1/29. Please be sure to apply for the correct graduation term. Both spring and summer graduates are welcomed to participate in the May ceremony. 

March 3rd-5th , 2020
The Grad Fair will be held in Dewberry Hall from 10 AM - 7 PM. This is one stop shop where students can purchase their cap & gowns, invitations, and other graduation related items. 

May 13, 2020
SIS Degree Celebration at 10:00 am in the Center for the Arts

May 15, 2020
University Commencement at 10:00 am in the Eagle Bank Arena

May 15, 2020
College of Humanities and Interdisciplinary Programs Degree Celebration Ceremony at 3:00 pm in the Eagle Bank Arena (Welcomed to attend, but not required). Read more: https://chss.gmu.edu/degreecelebration/undergraduate-humanities

May 16, 2020
Degree Conferral. The Registrar's Office Graduation Section will begin to review and award degrees.

June 26, 2020
All incomplete coursework, even if not being applied to the degree, must be resolved and grades posted. Any incompletes after this date make you ineligible for May graduation.

Late June 2020
Approximate time Diplomas will be mailed.

May Graduation Ceremony Information

May and August 2020 graduates are also encouraged and eligible to attend the Friday, May 15th 2020 Mason Commencement Ceremony. The Office of Events Management will mail ceremony information to graduates in late February 2020.  Questions about May 2020 commencement and convocations (tickets, cap and gown, ceremony dates, etc.) can be answered by visiting their website (events.gmu.edu/).  Students do not walk across the stage at commencement, but rather colleges and majors are recognized as a whole.

Also, the School of Integrative Studies will be holding its Convocation ceremony on Wednesday, May 13th @ 10:00 am in the Center for the Arts auditorium.  It is at this ceremony that your name will be read out as you walk across the stage.  The ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes. More details will be sent to the SIS, ESS and BIS student listservs in Spring 2020.


Your diploma will be mailed to your diploma address (given on the on-line Graduation Application) in late June 2020. You will receive your diploma only after all of your final grades are submitted and you are cleared for graduation. The diploma will list your degree (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Individual Studies), your major (Integrative Studies, Environmental and Sustainability Studies or Individualized Studies), and the title of your Concentration.

Important Deadline

All in-progress grades (IN, IP, NR), even if they are not applicable to the degree, must be resolved within six weeks after the date of degree conferral. The absolute deadline for grades to be posted with the Registrar for May 2020 graduates is June 26, 2020. If you are unable to finish the course work during this six-week period, you must withdraw your current Graduation Application and reapply for the next scheduled graduation.

Please visit the Registrar's (http://registrar.gmu.edu/students/graduation/) or the SIS webpage (http://integrative.gmu.edu/graduation/information) if you have other graduation questions.