From the opening procession, with faculty and visiting university presidents dressed in their academic regalia, to the upbeat musical finale led by Doc Nix and the Green Machine, the inauguration of Mason’s sixth president was something to talk about.
When it comes to dealing with the General Assembly and state capital, Mason has always been the new kid on the block. So as our graduates build careers and establish themselves in numerous places, including the Virginia state government, everyone benefits.
Whether educating the next generation of leaders for the classroom, the hospital, the boardroom, or Capitol Hill, or providing quality entertainment through its wonderful arts programs and venues, Mason is setting the gold standard for the modern, public university.
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Armed with maps, contact lists, and tons of Mason spirit, a busload of students, faculty, staff, and alumni descended on the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond on February 7 to meet with Virginia legislators. The group of approximately 80 Mason representatives shared the story of the university and expressed gratitude to the legislators for all the work they do.
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