Congratulations, Mason graduates!

George Mason University will conduct its 54th Spring Commencement virtually at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 14, 2021, with First Lady Jill Biden as the featured speakerThe university-wide commencement ceremony will be live-streamed. Mason will also hold in-person graduation recognition events throughout the week leading up to Friday’s ceremony.

Edible Book Festival goes Virtual

Mason Libraries’ Edible Book Festival is going virtual this year! The Festival features creative food projects inspired by books and stories. Edible books can physically resemble books, or they can refer to an aspect of a story, or they can incorporate text. 

The Festival runs March 26 – April 1, 2021. Entry deadline is March 26 – anyone can participate. This year’s prize categories include “People’s Choice/Best in Show,” “Punniest,” and “Best Representation of a Book.” You can read more about the guidelines at Contest winners will receive Barnes & Noble gift cards.

Virtual Edible Book Festival entries will be posted on on March 29 +30. View them – and then vote for your choice in each prize category on Selection Day, March 31. Anyone can vote!  Winners will be announced at Noon, April 1.

We can’t wait to see what you create!

Join SCRC for “A History of Homecoming”

Mason Homecoming 2021 kicks off this Friday, February 5 and runs through Sunday, February 14, with a variety of virtual events for you to enjoy from home. Find out more on the Alumni Homecoming 2021 page, check out the many offerings, and register to attend one or more events.

The Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) was invited to join the annual celebration and to share their historical expertise, highlighted with items and stories from the University Archives and other special collections of note.

Lynn Eaton, Director of SCRC, and Bob Vay, BA ’92, MA ’99, Technology and Exhibitions Archivist, will be participating in a special event, “Mason 101: History of Homecoming,” on Thursday, February 11, 5 – 6 p.m., where they will provide a history of Homecoming and moderate a discussion with alumni panelists, who will share their experiences and insights from multiple decades of Homecoming gatherings. A question and answer segment will immediately follow the program.

To learn more and to register, visit the Alumni Homecoming site.

Spring ’21 Visiting Writers Series

The Creative Writing Program’s Spring 2021 Visiting Writers Series kicks off Thursday, February 11, with a virtual event featuring novelist and short story writer Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!, Orange World, and most recently the novella Sleep Donation, named one of Buzzfeed’s Best Books of the Year.

The event begins at 7 p.m. on Crowdcast (link forthcoming at this space). The series is sponsored by Mason’s Creative Writing Program in conjunction with the University Libraries, and books will be for sale through One More Page Books in Arlington, VA. Learn more here.

Additional Visiting Writers Series events this spring include:

  • Thursday, February 18: Reginald Dwayne Betts (nonfiction)
  • Thursday February 25: Ted Conover (nonfiction)
  • Thursday, March 11: Ayse Papatya Bucak (fiction)
  • Thursday, March 18: Arthur Sze (poetry)
  • Thursday, April 1: Kerri Webster (poetry)

GIS Day 2020 – Wednesday, November 18

GIS Day is going virtual this year, with an afternoon program on Wednesday, November 18, from 1-4 p.m. For more details and to register, visit the event page. The program schedule includes:

  • Welcome and GGS Department Overview
  • “Why Study GIS for Spatial Science?”: an interactive presentation by Dr. Edward Oughton, a new GIScience faculty hire
  • Student Showcase: Lightning research talks by GGS graduate students 
  • GeoBowl: Trivia game hosted by Mason Mappers with cash prizes at stake!

GIS Day is an annual event hosted by the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science.

Library Resources: Explore GeoData@Mason, a new data portal to search, preview and download datasets curated and held in the University Libraries’ repository at Mason, as well as search data managed by other repositories including Harvard, Tufts and UC-Berkeley, etc.  Please contact Joy Suh (, Geospatial Resources Librarian if you have any questions.