May 2018

Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship

Mason is offering a competitive $250 book scholarship for faculty and staff enrolled in a degree or graduate certificate program at Mason. The application deadline is Friday, June 15.

For details and the application requirements, visit the website.

Questions? Contact Beth Baroody, Reward and Recognition, at 703-993-2739.

May 2018

StrengthsFinder Access Deadline

Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Have you discovered your top personal strengths and learned how to use them yet?

Between now and June, all George Mason University students, faculty, and staff can get a free Clifton Strengths assessment from Gallup:

StrengthsFinder Assessment (Mason login required)

Don’t miss your chance to discover your strengths!

May 2018

Core Campus Project

Rendering of the Robinson Hall replacement, which will be constructed on the site of the existing Robinson Hall.

Get the scoop on construction updates as the Core Campus Project begins this summer! A couple helpful resources:
Check out information about the Robinson Hall replacement and utility infrastructure improvement projects coming to the Fairfax Campus. The website includes a project timeline, description of the Core Campus Project, videos of how it will all look when completed, and a contact form to submit questions.

Building Patriot Pride
Visit to check out the latest information about construction and traffic impacts on campus (for the Core Campus Project and beyond). Updates from Building Patriot Pride will also be posted in the Around Mason faculty/staff announcements. For questions, contact

May 2018

Commencement and Degree Celebrations

Photo by Ron Aira/Creative Services/George Mason University

Congratulations to all of Mason’s graduating students! Be prepared for the festivities to begin on the Fairfax Campus.


Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m.
EagleBank Arena

Doors open for audience members at 9 a.m. Masters and Bachelors graduates assemble on the Wilkins Plaza (formerly North Plaza) starting at 8:30 a.m. The procession will begin from the plaza to EagleBank Arena promptly at 9:30 a.m.

Live stream of Commencement will be available at

Degree Celebrations

School and college degree celebrations will take place from May 16–19.

Graduates are encouraged to attend both the official university commencement ceremony and their​ college or school’s degree celebration ceremony.

Live stream of degree celebrations will be available here.

Volunteer at the Events

University Events is seeking additional assistance from students, faculty, and staff volunteers. Click here for more information.

Stay Updated

Follow the excitement at #MasonGrad18#Mason2018, and #MyMasonCap.

For more information about Commencement and Degree Celebrations, visit the graduation website or contact University Events at 703-993-2853.

May 2018

Something Got You Stumped? Contact the University Switchboard

The University Switchboard (703-993-1000) serves as Mason’s main phone number for both the internal and external communities. Switchboard staff can answer all types of Mason-related questions, transfer calls to the requested department/individual, or point callers in the right direction for assistance with their inquiry.

Don’t hesitate to call the switchboard for assistance when you need a little help being pointed in the right direction at Mason.

Call 703-993-1000 for assistance.

May 2018

2018 Academic Advisor of the Year Award Winner: Robert Yi

Dr. Bethany Usher and Dr. Jeannie Brown Leonard present Robert Yi (left) with the 2018 Academic Advisor of the Year Award

Robert Yi, academic advisor in the School of Art, has been presented with Mason’s 2018 Academic Advisor of the Year Award.

The award was presented to Robert on March 30 by Jeannie Brown Leonard, dean of student academic affairs, advising, retention, and transitions, and Bethany Usher, associate provost for undergraduate education.

This honor is given annually to recognize excellence in advising across campus. This year, 661 nominations were submitted for a 110 different advisors representing every undergraduate Mason college/school.

Click here to learn more about this year’s recipient. Congratulations, Robert!

May 2018

Summer Camps at Mason

High school students attending Mason’s Nursing Camp. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Would your kids enjoy attending a summer camp at Mason? Is your department or office sponsoring a summer camp program that could be advertised to the community?

Visit for a listing of summer camps offered at Mason. The website includes camps offered by Mason programs/departments, as well as external groups that host camps on a Mason campus.

Summer camps at Mason cover a wide variety of topics and activities, including academics, the arts, recreation, and sports.

Questions about individual camps should be directed to the camp organizers, whose contact information is available on the website. For questions about the summer camps website, contact