George Mason Class of 2017 is Largest Ever

Diplomas conferred to 194 Seniors at D.A.R. Constitution Hall
Posted on 06/23/2017
George Mason High School graduation held at D.A.R. Constitution Hall

During the annual Graduation Exercises at D.A.R. Constitution Hall, George Mason High School conferred diplomas to 194 seniors, three more than last year.

The ceremony was opened by Mason's wind ensemble and included great vocal music performed by graduating seniors.

New superintendent, Dr. Peter Noonan recognized the students receiving advanced diplomas and awards:

  • 40 - International Baccalaureate or IB Diploma - awarded to students who took seven or more college level courses, completed a courses, completed a philosophy course called the Theory of Knowledge, and wrote an extended essay on a topic of their choice. Further, they documented numerous extracurricular activities – including creative endeavors, their participation in clubs/organizations/sports and their service learning efforts throughout the community. The award of an IB Diploma will be based on the successful completion of all of these IB Diploma requirements and the grades earned on the IB exams.

  • 70 - George Mason Scholar Award - This award is presented to students who have completed a high school program which includes a minimum of twenty-five credits, a cumulative grade point average of 3.85, and the following courses taken for letter grades: Four years of social studies, four years of college preparatory mathematics, three years of one foreign language or two years of two different foreign languages, three years of laboratory science, and International Baccalaureate courses in two disciplines.

  • 51 - George Mason Valedictory Scholars - maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 or better throughout their high school years.


There were speeches by class officers and students, and the commencement speech was given by 1977 GMHS alum Dr. Stephen Churchill about the power of finding happiness in what you do in life.

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