Inauguration Day Schedule

An inauguration is not just the formal installation ceremony, but is comprised of a series of events organized around the ceremony. These events provide opportunities for members of the Mason family to celebrate all elements of the university and move forward together.


10 a.m., Patriot Center

Be prepared to be inspired with uplifting music and stirring images, entertaining videos, stories, processions, lights, cameras and action. At the center of it all: the Mason idea and President Ángel Cabrera’s vision of a university for the world.

Speakers include: Laura Fornash, Virginia Secretary of Education; C. Daniel Clemente, rector of the George Mason University Board of Visitors; John T. “Til” Hazel, representing Mason’s “Founding Fathers”; and Steve Case, Internet pioneer and CEO of Revolution. Faculty, staff, alumni and student leaders will share their interpretations of the Mason idea.

Special guests include former Mason presidents George Johnson and Alan Merten, as well as university presidents and delegates from around the country.

After the inauguration, free lunch will be provided at Mason Day outdoors in Lot L.