2014 Convocations and Speakers Announced

Posted: April 10, 2014 at 5:01 am, Last Updated: May 9, 2014 at 4:24 pm

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The 47th annual George Mason University Commencement for all graduating students will take place on Saturday, May 17, at 10 a.m. in the Patriot Center. The Commencement speaker is David Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group. Additionally, all schools and colleges will hold their own ceremonies that week. All graduating students may attend Commencement; students may also attend their own school or college convocation.

See the Commencement page for ticketing and other information. Check with individual colleges for convocation information, including ticketing if necessary.

A full schedule of events follows.

Wednesday, May 14

  • College of Science, 2 p.m., Patriot Center. Speaker: Christine Fox, BS Mathematics ’76; MS Applied Mathematics ’80, acting deputy secretary of defense
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences (Part 1—Humanities: doctoral, master, undergraduate), 7 p.m., Patriot Center. Speaker: Angela Goff, BA Communication ’01, broadcast journalist, author

 Thursday, May 15

  • College of Health and Human Services, 10 a.m., Patriot Center. Speaker: George Mason University Provost Peter Stearns and J. Knox Singleton, CEO of Inova Health System
  • New Century College (College of Health and Human Services), 10:30 a.m., Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Speaker: Danah Telfaire, BA Integrative Studies ’03, chief academic officer for Imagine Schools
  • Volgenau School of Engineering, 2 p.m., Patriot Center. Speaker: Elizabeth A. Hight, retired U.S. Navy rear admiral and former vice director of the Defense Information Systems Agency. Student speaker: Sathya Mathavan, graduating senior, civil, environmental and infrastructure engineering
  • School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, 6:30 p.m., Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Speaker: Mari Fitzduff, founder of the Conflict and Coexistence Programme at Brandeis University
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences (Part 2—Social Sciences: doctoral, master, undergraduate), 7 p.m., Patriot Center. Speaker: Michael Whitlock, BA Government and Politics ’96, partner at Bingham McCutcheon, LLP

Friday, May 16

  • School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (College of Education and Human Development), noon, Hylton Performing Arts Center, Prince William Campus. Speaker: Elliott Ferguson, president and CEO of Destination DC.
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts, 2 p.m., Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Performances by graduating students
  • School of Management, 4 p.m., Patriot Center. Speaker: Kaylene Green, BS Accounting ’87, Dean’s Advisory Council chair and president and CEO of Flagship Government Relations
  • School of Public Policy, 7 p.m., Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Speaker: Rep. Jim Moran, Virginia 8th District

Saturday, May 17

  • Commencement 2014, 10 a.m., Patriot Center. Speaker: David Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group
  • Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, 12:30 p.m., Krasnow Institute
  • Graduate School of Education (College of Education and Human Development), 2 p.m., Patriot Center. Speaker: Melissa Porfirio, MEd Curriculum and Instruction ’05, 2014 Virginia Teacher of the Year and finalist for 2014 National Teacher of the Year
  • School of Law, 2 p.m., Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Speaker: Hon. Rossi Alston Jr., Virginia Court of Appeals justice

Write to Robin Herron at rherron@gmu.edu

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