A total of 7,392 students graduated at George Mason University’s 44th annual Commencement on Saturday, May 21, in the Patriot Center at 10 a.m. Thad Allen, the retired U.S. Coast Guard admiral who served as the national incident commander in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill last year, served as the commencement speaker.
Of the 2011 graduating class, 4,294 received undergraduate degrees, 2,705 received graduate degrees and 224 received doctoral degrees. The university also awarded 169 law degrees.
This year’s undergraduate programs with the highest number of graduates were: psychology, 315; accounting, 259; communication, 239; information technology, 224; and management, 219.
The School of Business held its annual Convocation on Friday, May 20, in the Patriot Center. With 918 students receiving bachelor’s degrees, School of Business graduates represented more than twenty percent of the 4,294 students receiving undergraduate degrees from George Mason this year. More than 200 students earned master’s degrees from the School of Business.
Anne K. Altman, an ’82 graduate from George Mason’s School of Business and the general manager of IBM Corporation’s Global Public Sector, served as the school’s convocation speaker. Altman is also a former member of the George Mason University Board of Visitors and the 2011 Alumna of the Year.