Gradstravaganza: Graduate Student Welcome

This page will be updated as details for Gradstravaganza 2017 are confirmed – please stay tuned! Contact Graduate Student Life at with any questions.

Friday, September 8, 2017

3:30-5:00pm: Mini-Workshops in the Johnson Center (Fairfax Campus)

5:30-7:30pm: Picnic at The Hub (Lawn, Patio, and Indoor Spaces) (Fairfax Campus)

All new and continuing Mason graduate students are invited to Gradstravaganza, Mason’s annual graduate student welcome event! Join fellow Mason grad students for FREE food, mini-workshops highlighting strategies for success in graduate school, connections with campus resources, games, and giveaways, including special Mason Grad Student t-shirts! Families are welcome! Remember to bring your Mason student ID with you. Brought to you by Graduate Student Life, Student Involvement, the Office of the Provost, the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA), and the Journal for Mason Graduate Research.

Graduate students attend Gradstravaganza on the Fairfax Campus. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Graduate students attend Gradstravaganza 2014. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Mini-Workshops for Graduate Student Success

We are offering an array of mini-workshop sessions aimed at promoting your success in your graduate program. All mini-workshops will be held in the Johnson Center on the third floor. Check-in for these sessions will be held in the West Lobby on the third floor by the elevators. Graduate students who participate in the mini-workshops will have the opportunity to receive their T-shirts at the end of the third session and a wristband for expedited entry to the picnic!

The Mini-Workshop Schedule and Session Descriptions will be available in this space by late July 2017.

Important Information about Mini-Workshops

Check-in for the mini-workshops will begin at 3:00pm in the West Lobby on the third floor of the Johnson Center, near the elevators. Capacity for the mini-workshops will be limited to 55 students each and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please review the mini-workshop descriptions in advance and select first-, second-, and third-choice options.

Stay tuned for more information about the menu for Gradstravaganza 2017.


This agenda will be updated with further details and instructions for check-in by late July 2017.

3:30 – 5:00pm  Mini-Workshop Sessions in the Johnson Center (third floor)

5:30pm Picnic Begins at The Hub (Lawn, Patio, and Indoor Spaces)

Novelty entertainment and lawn games provided by Mason Recreation begin.

The Corner Pocket will be open and free for Gradstravaganza attendees, featuring billiards, table tennis, and arcade-style games.

7:30pm Gradstravaganza ends


Gradstravaganza will be held on the Fairfax Campus. The mini-workshop sessions will be held in the Johnson Center on the third floor. Check-in will take place in the lobby by the elevators on the third floor. The picnic will be held at The Hub. To view a map of campus, visit here.

Parking and Transportation

The closest public parking to the picnic is available in Shenandoah Parking Deck ($3/hour). You may also park in your regularly assigned lot. For more information about parking, visit the Parking Services website.

From Arlington Campus:

  • A free shuttle will be provided between Arlington Campus and Fairfax Campus specifically for Gradstravaganza. More details about the schedule and pick-up and drop-off locations will be posted in this space by late July.
  • You may also choose to take the Metro to reach Fairfax from Arlington. You can take the Orange Line from the Virginia Square-GMU Metro station to the Vienna Metro station. At the Vienna Metro station, there is a Metro to Mason Shuttle that can take you directly to the Fairfax Campus with a valid Mason ID. Visit the Mason Shuttles website for more information. You may also take any Cue Bus from the Vienna Metro station to the Fairfax Campus.

From Science and Technology Campus in Prince William:

  • You may take the SciTech-Fairfax GMU shuttle to the Sandy Creek Transit Center stop. For more information, including the schedule, visit the Mason Shuttles website.

What to Bring

  • Mason ID (how to get your ID)
  • Picnic blanket, lawn chairs, or towels to sit upon
  • Openness to meeting fellow Mason graduate students!