The Mini Ceremony

You will need to show your tickets in order to participate in the Mini Ceremonies. Tickets are being distributed via Eventbrite email to those who registered.

Mini Ceremonies offered by each of Mason’s academic colleges will take place outside EagleBank Arena. 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 for the Mini Ceremonies is now closed. Graduates may register for the Patriot Procession until spaces are filled.

When are the ceremonies?

  • For 2021 graduates, CHSS Mini Ceremonies will take place on May 11 at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Graduates will receive an email with a registration for the Mini Ceremony they should attend, based upon their major. Please see Which Mini Ceremony is for Me?
  • For 2020 graduates, Mini Ceremonies will take place on May 14 at 1:00 and 4:00 pm.

How many guests can I bring?

Graduates may bring up to three guests, who will be seated with them. 

Do I have to wear regalia?

Yes. Those who participate in the Mini Ceremony are required to wear graduation regalia. You can order your cap and gown online for delivery to your home, or buy them in the Mason Bookstore on the Fairfax and Arlington campuses. Please visit the university's Caps, Gowns, and Rings page for more information.

When happens next after I register?

Registration for the Mini Ceremonies has now 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 dates by college/school/event, along with information to rent regalia, is available at    

What if it rains?

All events will take place rain or shine. Details about alternate plans for severe weather will be sent to registered participants.  

Contact University Events at if you have any questions.  

Keep Safe While Celebrating

All events will follow current Virginia public health guidelines and will include social distancing. Please follow these additional requirements if attending in-person graduation ceremonies.

green checkmarkFace 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.

green checkmarkAll 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.

green checkmarkAll attendees, including graduates, must show their ticket for admittance to comply with contact tracing protocols.