The Patriot Procession

The Patriot Procession is a unique opportunity for graduates, doctoral candidates, 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 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. 

How do I register?

Graduates must register to take part in the Patriot Procession. Registration for the Patriot Procession is required and will remain open as long as time slots are available. 

  • The Patriot Procession is open to 2021 and 2020 graduates. 
  • If you are graduating with your bachelor’s or your master’s: register for the Patriot Procession at
  • If you are graduating with your doctorate: register for the Patriot Procession at    

When is the procession?

The Patriot Procession will be ongoing during the week of May 10. When registering, graduates can choose a preferred time slot. The schedule will soon be posted at

How many guests can I bring? 

Graduates may bring up to 8 guests.

Do I have to wear regalia? 

Wearing graduation regalia is encouraged but not required. 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.

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.