Gradstravaganza: Graduate Student Welcome 2023

Friday, August 18: Orientation Sessions (online)
Saturday, August 26, 12-3pm: Picnic (Wilkins Plaza, Fairfax Campus)

Registration will be required for all Orientation Sessions and the Picnic. Registration instructions will be provided on this page by August 1, 2023.

All new and continuing Mason graduate students are invited to Gradstravaganza, Mason’s annual graduate student welcome event! Gradstravaganza is a two-day event: first, a fully virtual line-up of orientation and educational sessions on Friday, August 18 to prepare you before classes begin, followed by an in-person picnic to celebrate the end of the first week of classes on Saturday, August 26 on Wilkins Plaza! Brought to you by Graduate Student Life, the Graduate Division, the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA), Mason Recreation, and University Life.

Friday’s online Orientation Sessions will feature workshops highlighting strategies for success in graduate school, special sessions for Graduate Assistants (GRAs, GTAs, and GPAs), and a panel of current Mason graduate students.

Saturday’s Picnic will feature FREE food, t-shirts, games, crafts, giveaways, and plenty of activities to enjoy! You will also have opportunities to connect with academic units, campus resources, and graduate student organizations. Families are welcome!

More information, including a full schedule of activities and registration instructions, will be available on this page on August 1, 2023. Contact Graduate Student Life with questions at