Mason Graduates a Record 6,800+ at Spring Commencement

By Daniel Walsch

On May 20, Mason celebrated the largest graduating class in the university’s history and perhaps the largest graduating class in the commonwealth of Virginia in 2006, as well. A total of 6,803 students received their degrees that day: 3,843 undergraduate; 2,505 graduate; 190 doctoral; and 265 law degrees.

Scott S. Cowen, president of Tulane University in New Orleans, was this year’s Commencement speaker. Several other distinguished individuals also were recognized by Mason at this year’s Commencement. Mason awarded its highest honor, the George Mason Medal, to John M. Toups, George Mason University Foundation trustee emeritus and former foundation chair. Enrico Garaci, president of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS), was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree (see related story).

This year’s ceremony represents the 39th Commencement program in Mason’s history. The most popular majors this year are Psychology, Curriculum and Instruction, Communication, Government and International Politics, and Information Technology.