We’ve Always Been Green and Gold...
and Now We’re Golden
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From George Mason University's origins as a branch campus of the University of Virginia to its current status as Virginia’s largest, most inclusive, and most innovative university, George Mason has experienced 50 remarkable years of growth and achievement.
“Mason at 50” represents an inflection point for this university, as we look to the half century ahead and focus on the university we are becoming, the students we are graduating, and the world we are helping to shape.
Mason at 50
Celebrate with Us
Throughout 2022, the George Mason University community will celebrate Mason’s first 50 years as a university with a series of programs called “Mason at 50.”
Upcoming 50th Events:
A University is Born
In 1972, Virginia Governor A. Linwood Holton Jr. signed the bill separating George Mason College from the University of Virginia. With the stroke of a pen, George Mason University, as we know it today, was born. Read more about how Mason will mark 50 years.
Celebrate Mason Trailblazers—faculty, staff, students, and alumni—who helped make a difference in our community and beyond.
We're just getting started
Mason, at 50, is at an inflection point, as we celebrate the accomplishments that got us here and and focus on the university we are becoming, the students we are graduating, and the world we are helping to shape.
Get Your 50th Mason Gear
We are celebrating Mason’s first 50 years as an independent university by featuring a limited-time line of merchandise offering commemorative 50th Anniversary logos and designs. The collection includes t-shirts, glassware, wine, home furnishings, and more! The entire collection is available in stores or online from the following retailers.
Mason’s network of 210,000+ alumni power the Northern Virginia economy. Creating a lifelong connection.
Mason has one of the fastest-growing research portfolios in the country with faculty working on urgent societal needs. Learn about our research.
Mason is the largest producer of tech talent in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Learn more about tech talent at Mason.
More 50th News
- April 5, 2023
- March 30, 2023
- March 22, 2023
- December 8, 2022
- December 1, 2022