The Preamble is an extended-orientation program for new students prior to the start of the semester. Traditionally, these events would bring new students on-campus to engage in traditions and events to welcome them to campus. This year, we have adapted much of the programming outside of the residential hall experience to be delivered virtually. Starting August 19, a Preamble course will be available for all new students to complete the required modules by August 22. Please see below for an overview of Preamble content and events.
Blackboard Modules Now Available
All new students for fall 2020 have been added to the Preamble Course in Blackboard.
Required Preamble Content
Preamble is mandatory for all incoming freshmen and highly encouraged for new transfer students. Due to the virtual nature of this year's program, the following events are the required portion for all freshmen to complete.
Speak About It
Speak About It uses true storytelling and live performance to capture what healthy relationships and sex can and should look like. The show is performed by five actor-educators, and uses real stories written by real young people in order to engage students in conversations about consent, dating, sex, identity, alcohol, bystander intervention, sexual assault, and more.
Self-Others & Community
Self, Others, & Community is created to help lay a foundation of understanding about understand one’s own identity as it relates to others around them. Having this understanding helps us explore and appreciate our diversity campus and experiences leading to a better sense of belonging on campus.
New Student Convocation
New Student Convocation is an important Mason tradition to celebrate the incoming class and the start of a new academic year. View the virtual New Student Convocation prior to the start of the semester. The program will begin on Friday, August 21 at 9am EDT
Convocation Now Available
Speak About It and Self Others and Community will be available to view on Blackboard starting August 19th. After viewing the videos, students will be able to sign up for a time to participate in the follow-up facilitated discussions.
Preamble Event Highlights
Students should register for both virtual and in-person events in advance to ensure you have a spot for the event and to receive the login information if applicable. All registrations will take place via Mason360. Use the links below to quickly access to event page and register.
|Virtual Win Free Stuff Game Show
Wednesday, August 19 | 8 pm
This show combines the fast paced fun of HQ Trivia, the popularity of Twitch, and incorporates some of Joseph's signature magic. When you join the party, Joseph will entertain and set the tone with amazing sleight-of-hand and then you will become the contestants in several game shows designed to make you feel connected, build a sense of community, and have a ton of fun! Did we mention prizes? There will be prizes sent to the cleverest, the funniest, and the most knowledgeable of your campus!
|Social (Distancing) Hour for Off-Campus Freshmen
Thursday, August 20 | 3pm
Join other off-campus freshmen for the kick-off to a great year! Play games, meet your Off-Campus Advisors, and socialize with other students from your area. RSVP here and we will send you the Zoom link to log in.
Thursday, August 20 | 8 pm
Join us for a virtual bingo game, hosted by a Morgan McMichaels of RuPaul's Drag Race fame! There will be prizes!
|New Student Convocation
Friday, August 21 | 9 am
New Student Convocation, a bookend to Commencement (aka. graduation), is George Mason University’s official welcome for all new students. As one of only a few times all members of the class will convene, this event celebrates the incoming class of 2020's entry into higher education and inducts them to a community of learners here at Mason.
|Virtual Q&A With Comedian Tiffany Haddish
Friday, August 21st | 8pm
Get Excited! Comedian Tiffany Haddish is talking to YOU, Mason Nation! She is known for her roles in Girls Trip, The Last OG, her comedy special, Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah, and so much more. Next, Tiffany is joining US for a special one-night exclusive virtual question and answer session for Mason only!
All of the questions Tiffany answers will be pre-selected — Here’s how it works: When you register for the event, you can ask a question to Tiffany. If she selects your question to answer on her live virtual Q and A, you will also be selected to join her for a virtual backstage meet and greet after the show!
|Virtual Transfer Student Happy Hour
Saturday, August 22nd | 2pm
New fall 2020 transfer students are invited to a virtual happy hour event the Saturday before classes being.
|Drive-In Movie - Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker!
Saturday, August 22nd | 8:30 pm | West Campus Parking Lot
Join us for a drive-in movie on the West Campus Lot! Register as either a Drive-up or Walk-up Attendee in Mason360 to reserve your spot today.
The Hunt: Virtual & Campus Scavenger Hunts
The Hunt is a fun and interactive way to learn more about navigating Mason and what it has to offer for students! Using the GooseChase app, a student or team of friends can complete Mason “missions” by solving riddles and unlocking clues that will earn them points towards each Hunt.
This year, there are two Hunts - a Virtual Hunt and an On-Campus Hunt - and each will have a grand prize that will be announced on New Student and Family Programs’ social media accounts.
Download the GooseChase app and follow these instructions to begin.
The Hunt will begin on 8/19 at 9:00am and close on 8/22 at 11:59pm
Area Shopping Trips
Just moved in and still need some supplies to get your room setup? Mason has many shuttles and route options that will take you to local shopping centers. Check out the shopping guide below form information on which routes to take. All routes are free with a valid Mason ID.
PLEASE NOTE COVID-19 IMPACTS:
- Sandy Creek Transit Center is open. Please observe maximum occupancy count of 7.
- Masks required on all Mason Shuttles unless there is a University approved exception.
- Social distancing in effect, shuttle capacities at 50% of seats.
- When boarding, go to the back of the bus to reduce the number of times passengers pass each other; if getting off at an early stop on the route, board last so you will be sitting at the front.
- Allow extra time to get to your destination.
Visit shuttle.gmu.edu for more information.