Convocation Ceremonies, Speakers Announced

Posted: April 19, 2010 at 1:05 am, Last Updated: April 16, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Scenes like this one will be repeated all over campus as convocations get under way. Creative Services photo

George Mason University’s Commencement ceremony for the entire university will be held on Saturday, May 15, at 10 a.m. in the Patriot Center on the Fairfax Campus. The Commencement speaker is Sen. Jim Webb.

Each major academic unit within the university also hosts a smaller convocation for its own graduates. Following is a list of the date, time and speaker for each of the convocations.

Thursday, May 13

College of Health and Human Services, 10 a.m., Patriot Center
Speaker: Bill Hazel, Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia

College of Science, 10:30 a.m., Recreation and Athletic Complex
Speaker: Curt D. Jones, microbiologist, entrepreneur and inventor of the idea behind Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream

New Century College (part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences), 11 a.m., Center for the Arts Concert Hall
Speaker: Doris E. McMillon, President and Chief Strategist Officer for McMillon Communications Inc.

The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering, 2:30 p.m., Patriot Center
Speaker: Vinton G. Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

College of Humanities and Social Sciences (master’s and doctoral candidates), 7 p.m., Center for the Arts Concert Hall
Speaker: Poet and author Robert Pinsky, former U.S. Poet Laureate

Friday, May 14

College of Humanities and Social Sciences (bachelor’s candidates), 10 a.m., Patriot Center
Speaker: Warren Brown, lawyer-turned-entrepreneur who founded and owns successful bakery CakeLove and Love Café

School of Recreation, Health and Tourism (part of the College of Education and Human Development), noon, Prince William Campus, Hylton Performing Arts Center
Speaker: Mark R. Ginsberg, Dean-elect of the College of Education and Human Development

College of Visual and Performing Arts, 2 p.m., Center for the Arts Concert Hall
No speaker; student performances

School of Management, 4 p.m., Patriot Center
Speaker: David H. Langstaff, Chairman of TASC Inc.

School of Public Policy, 7 p.m., Center for the Arts Concert Hall
Speaker: Kingsley Haynes, Dean of the School of Public Policy

Saturday, May 15

University Commencement, 10 a.m., Patriot Center

Graduate School of Education (part of the College of Education and Human Development), 2 p.m., Patriot Center
Speaker: Joan Lombardi, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

School of Law, 2 p.m., Center for the Arts Concert Hall
Speaker: William C. Mims, Virginia Supreme Court Justice

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution,
2 p.m., Johnson Center Dewberry Hall
Speaker: Harold H. Saunders, Director of International Affairs at the Kettering Foundation and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State

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