Commencement Organizer Will Graduate While Working

Posted: May 14, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Editor’s note: The Daily Gazette will spotlight one outstanding George Mason graduate each day this week leading up to Commencement on May 17.

This is the seventh year Barbara Lubar, executive director of Events Management, is planning all aspects of George Mason’s Commencement, but in an interesting twist she will also be one of the graduates. Lubar will be one of the first two people to receive the university’s new M.A. in Communication degree.

Lubar’s day will begin early on the Johnson Center North Plaza where she will begin a new George Mason tradition and lead the 5,720 graduates through one last walk across campus before arriving at the Patriot Center. When all lines are straight she will signal for the doors to be opened to start the procession and signal for the music to begin. Then she will put on her own cap and gown and join the rest of her graduating class.

Lubar’s preparation for the event actually begins in January when she sends out information to the potential graduates, organizes the brochure and web site information, collects the names of the Ph.D. candidates, and plans the university’s 13 convocations.

Lubar’s short-term plans won’t change, but she does think the degree will come in handy. “Communication helps in everyday life and in business,” she says. “That’s why I chose it.”

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