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At George Mason University, we push the boundaries of what’s possible. From arts to sciences, from economics to engineering, our students are the next generation of innovators. It takes your support to ensure they excel. We’ve come a long way already—are you ready to take Mason even farther?

In this challenging time, supporting our students is Mason’s top priority. That’s the focus of our fourth annual Giving Day, an online and social media event held Thursday, April 2. As Patriots Helping Patriots, this is an opportunity for the entire Mason community to come together to support the programs they care about most, especially our students in need. Together, we are Mason!

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Impact Stories

Your generosity keeps us moving forward. Take a look at some examples of how donor support has helped George Mason change lives and help our students, our community, our region, and the world.

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Novels by John Michael Cummings include The Night I Freed John Brown (Penguin Group, 2008), Ugly To Start With (West Virginia University Press, 2011), and Don’t Forget Me, Bro (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2015).

Alumni Spotlight

A Writer’s Path

Writer John Michael Cummings, BA Art (Studio) ’89, is the author of three novels and has published more than 100 short stories. The non-writing part of his career includes jobs as a business reporter, college English teacher, publisher’s assistant, innkeeper, and tombstone engraver. He lives now in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, home to the Cummings family for six generations.

Q: What led you to enroll at Mason? Do you remember why you applied?
Well, I had terrible grades in high school. I couldn’t dare get in there (at Mason) now—I wouldn’t have a chance! But I did have my art portfolio. So I took the portfolio into the registrar’s office or someplace, and she said, “I don’t know, your transcripts are not good.” I was pleading, because I was really in love with this girl who was going to George Mason. She got in, and I was begging to get in also. The registrar looked at my portfolio and said something like “I guess George Mason could benefit from having an artist of this caliber.” So I was admitted under academic probation, meaning I had to pass three summer classes first. I did, and I got in.