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The Preamble

The Preamble – August 19 – 23, 2020

The Preamble is a dynamic series of events and experiences for all new Mason undergraduate students. Students will have the opportunity to meet their fellow Patriots, learn more about the academic expectations of the university, participate in New Student Convocation, and engage in a variety of fun activities and events!

The Preamble is for all new Mason Patriots–residential and off-campus, freshman and transfer. Thursday and Friday of The Preamble are required for all freshman students entering Mason in Fall 2020. The Preamble is optional for transfer students.

For questions regarding Preamble, please contact New Student and Family Programs at orientu@gmu.edu.

The following is a sample schedule based on the 2019 Preamble.

A final schedule will be available closer to the event.


8:00am – 4:00pm: Freshman Move In

1:30pm – 5:30pm Family Farewell (Center for the Arts Lobby)

6:00pm – 8:00pm: Floor Meetings & On-Campus Student Dinner (Ike’s & Southside)

8:00pm – 11:00pm: “Club 4400” Evening Welcome Program (President’s Park quad)


MORNING GROUP (Residential students except Commons):

  • 9:00am – 12:00pm: Self, Others, & Community (on-campus students go with RA to assigned location)
  • 12:00pm – 12:45pm: Lunch (by presentation location)
  • 1:00pm: Speak About It! (Center for the Arts Concert Hall)
  • 2:30pm: Dude, Where’s My Class (on own with RA)

AFTERNOON GROUP (Off-campus students, LLCs & Honors, International Programs):

  • 9:00am – 11:30am: Breakfast & Dude, Where’s My Class (residential students on own with RA)
  • 11:00am- Optional Dude, Where’s My Class for Off-Campus Students (meet at Sub 1 quad)
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm- Lunch on own at Ike’s or Southside
  • 12:45pm: Off Campus Student Check-In (Johnson Center South Plaza)
  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm: Self, Others, & Community
    • Off-campus students assigned location at check-in
    • Residential students go with RA to assigned location
  • 4:15pm: Speak About It! (Center for the Arts Concert Hall)

6:00pm – Dinner

  • Off-Campus Students: Test Drive Your Patriot Pride
    • Last Names A-M: Johnson Center Atrium
    • Last Names N-Z: Johnson Center Dewberry Hall
  • Residential Students: Dinner on Your Own

7:00pm: Well-Being Festival (Holton Plaza & Center for the Arts)

8:30pm: Hypnotist (Center for the Arts Concert Hall)


9:00am – 10:00am: On-Campus Student Breakfast (on own)

9:45am: Eagle Bank Doors Open, Seating Begins

10:30am: New Student Convocation Begins (Eagle Bank Arena)

12:00-1:30pm: Mason Welcome Picnic (various locations, groups will be escorted from EBA to food stations) 

  • CEHD: Ike’s 
  • Schar: Ike’s 
  • SIS: Ike’s 
  • CHHS: The Hub 
  • BUS: The Hub 
  • CHSS: Johnson Center 
  • COS: Johnson Center 
  • CVPA: Center for the Arts 
  • SCAR: Center for the Arts 
  • Exploratory: Southside 
  • VSE: Eagle Bank Arena 
  • UL & miscellaneous staff: Johnson Center 

2:30-6:30pm: Afternoon Activities:  

  • Community Area Trips (Fair Oaks & Fair Lakes 
    • Pick up points at President’s Park and Sandy Creek shuttle stops 
    • Check in at The Hub or Eisenhower Hall 

4:30pm – 7:30pm: Residential Dining Halls Open (on own)

8:00pm – 11:00pm: Mason Mayhem (The Hub)


4:00pm – 6:00pm: Transfer Student Happy Hour (Brion’s Grill- 10621 Braddock Rd, Fairfax)

7:00pm – 10:00pm: George’s Jam – Mason Block Party (Holton Plaza and Center for the Arts)


Parking Info For Off-campus Students

Off-campus students can park in Lot K without a parking pass on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Friday students should park in Lot K and proceed into Eagle Bank Arena through the West Entrance. Off-Campus Advisors will be on hand to direct students from Lot K to the appropriate locations.

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