Mason Readies for 2007 Commencement

Posted: May 16, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The excitement is building as Mason readies for the start of annual convocation ceremonies, which begin tomorrow and lead up to the university-wide Commencement on Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. at the Patriot Center.

This year’s ceremony represents the 40th Commencement program in Mason’s history.

A total of 6,793 students will receive their degrees: 3,855 undergraduate; 2,509 graduate; 215 doctoral; and 214 law degrees. The most popular majors this year are psychology; accounting; communication; government and international politics; and information technology.

Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine is this year’s Commencement speaker and the recipient of an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Two other distinguished individuals will also be recognized at this year’s ceremony.

Mason will award its highest honorary honor, the George Mason Medal, to William A. “Bill” Hazel, chairman of the board of William A. Hazel Inc. and a past member of the Board of Trustees of the George Mason University Foundation Inc., and Hortensia Cadenas, BA Spanish ’80, MA Foreign Languages ’93, and director of Mason’s Early Identification Program. Cadenas is the first Mason alumna to receive the Mason Medal.

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