Graduation

Congratulations soon-to-be graduate!

All your hard work and determination have paid off, and you’re about to embark on the next phase of your life. We encourage you to attend all of your graduation ceremonies to celebrate your remarkable accomplishments with family and friends. We’ve included all the relevant information about commencement and convocation to make sure you’re prepared.

  • The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Convocation – The ceremony during which all graduate names within the college are announced as they walk across the stage and receive their diploma cover.

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Graduation – Spring 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Maroon Ceremony: 2:00 p.m.
Gold Ceremony: 7:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Arena

The spring College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Convocation is split into two ceremonies to ensure all of our graduates and their guests can safely fit into Wells Fargo Arena. We determine the splits based on the number of graduates in each of our academic units and try to make the two ceremonies as even as possible. Below is a breakdown of which schools and departments will be represented in each of the ceremonies. 

Maroon Ceremony/2:00pm
  • American Indian Studies
  • Department of English
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Psychology
  • Economics Program
  • Liberal Studies
  • School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
  • School of Molecular Sciences
  • School of Politics and Global Studies
  • School of Transborder Studies
  • T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics
Gold Ceremony/7:00pm
  • Hugh Downs School of Human Communication
  • School of Earth and Space Exploration
  • School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
  • School of Human Evolution and Social Change
  • School of International Letters and Cultures
  • School of Life Sciences
  • School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
  • School of Social Transformation

What do I need to do to prepare for graduation?

  1. Apply: Apply for graduation and pay your fees by February 15, 2017. In order to have your name included in the program, you must have filed for graduation by this deadline. Apply online for graduation by going to My ASU and clicking the "Graduation" tab. Please note that a credit card is required. If you do not apply and pay your fee by February 15, there may be additional fees.

  2. RSVP: RSVP for the ceremonies you plan to attend. To participate in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Convocation ceremony during which your name will be announced as you walk across the stage, you must RSVP and reserve your guest tickets by May 1, 2017. To RSVP, go to My ASU and click the "RSVP Ceremonies" tab. 

    Note: This link will go live in March and will only appear for students who have filed for graduation and whose application has been approved.

  3. Order: Order your cap and gown here. All ASU undergraduates must wear the standard maroon cap and gown. If you so choose, you can also order graduation announcements, a diploma frame, class ring and other memorabilia.

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What other graduation ceremonies can I attend?

If you are an undergraduate student receiving your bachelor’s degree, you are also encouraged to attend University Undergraduate Commencement on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Sun Devil Stadium.

If you are a graduate student receiving your master’s or doctoral degree, you can also choose to attend University Graduate Commencement on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. in Wells Fargo Arena.

What is the difference between commencement and convocation? 

Graduate commencement is the university ceremony where President Crow confers degrees upon all ASU graduate students (master's and doctoral candidates). At undergraduate commencement, President Crow will confer degrees upon all ASU undergraduate students (bachelor's candidates). For more information on commencement, please go here.

Convocation is a celebratory ceremony where students are individually recognized by the college for their academic achievement. This is the ceremony where students' names are called as they cross the stage and receive their diploma cover. Graduate students are welcome to participate in CLAS Convocation, but we do not hood students or announce thesis titles during our ceremony.

How long is the convocation ceremony? 

The fall convocation ceremony will last approximately 120 minutes.

Is there a limit to the number of guests at convocation? Do guests need tickets for the convocation ceremony?  

Yes, tickets are required for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Fall Convocation ceremony. Guest tickets are free and each graduate can request up to 10 tickets for their guests. You must access your My ASU graduation tab and RSVP for convocation by May 1 to reserve your guest tickets.

When can I pick up my reserved tickets?

Once you've completed your RSVP, you may pick up your 10 reserved guest tickets between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, 2017 or Friday, May 5, 2017 from the Sun Devil Athletics ticket counter. NOTE: Any tickets not picked up by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017 will be released to other graduates and will be available on a first come, first served basis on Monday, May 8, 2017 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. 

If you are unable to pick up your reserved guest tickets during the indicated distribution dates (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, 2017 or Friday, May 5, 2017) you MUST email us at clasconvocation@asu.edu BEFORE May 4th so we can help you make other arrangements.

Where is the ticket counter located?

The Sun Devil Athletics ticket counter is located at the South side of Sun Devil Stadium - 500 E. Veterans Way, Tempe, AZ 85282.

What if I can’t pick up my tickets on either of the regular distribution dates?

If you will not be able to pick up your tickets during the above distribution dates, please send us an email as soon as you’ve completed your RSVP (and no later than Thursday, May 4, 2017) to clasconvocation@asu.edu. Please note that we are unable to mail you your graduation tickets.  

What if I need extra tickets?

Any leftover/unclaimed tickets will be released on a first come, first served basis to graduates looking to secure additional tickets. You can visit the Sun Devil Athletics ticket counter between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday, May 8, 2017 to request additional tickets. We are not able to guarantee a certain amount of extra tickets, as they will only become available once every graduate has had an opportunity to claim their original 10 tickets and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Can my friends and family watch my ceremony online?

Yes, CLAS Convocation is going to be webcast live here.

How do I file (or apply) for graduation? What does that mean? 

Filing (or applying) for graduation tells the university that you plan to graduate this semester and have all of the credits and coursework completed to qualify. The fall graduation filing deadline is February 15, 2017. You must file for graduation online or in the Graduation Office (SSV building, 1st floor) by February 15, 2017 in order for your name to appear in the commencement program and to be able to RSVP for spring ceremonies.

Where do I get my cap and gown? 

Graduates must wear an official ASU cap and gown during the convocation ceremony. Tassels are worn on the left at convocation since degrees are conferred at commencement the day before. Please order your cap and gown online.

What are honor cords? Where do I get mine?

Academic recognition is granted to undergraduate candidates only. Students must complete 56 or more hours of in-resident work at ASU's Tempe, Polytechnic and Downtown Phoenix campuses in addition to having the appropriate grade point average. ASU West campus undergraduate candidates enrolled prior to the 2007/2008 catalog must complete 50 hours or more of resident credit. For questions about the grading system, please see the Academic Senate and Assembly's Plus/Minus Grades Overview (PDF).

These students will be awarded honor cords to be worn during the commencement ceremony. Your current GPA as verified at the time you request your honor cords will determine which cords you are given. Your diploma and transcripts will reflect the appropriate recognition based on all course work completed at ASU, including courses completed in your final semester. 

Summa Cum Laude = Maroon and Gold, 3.80 to 4.00 GPA
Magna Cum Laude = Gold, 3.60 to 3.79 GPA
Cum Laude = Maroon, 3.40 to 3.59 GPA

If you are eligible for honor cords, you can pick them up at any registrar’s office on your campus. To find the registrar’s office for your campus please click here.

What time should I arrive at Wells Fargo Arena? Where do we meet? 

Wells Fargo Arena doors will open one hour prior to the start of the ceremony. Graduates should arrive to the west side of Wells Fargo Arena no later than 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony and pick up their reader cards at the graduate check-in area along the sidewalk on the west side of the arena. After picking up their reader cards, graduates will be directed into the area to be seated with their academic unit. Graduates need to arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Late graduates may not be able to be seated with their academic unit and will be directed to an overflow section.

Will I get my diploma at commencement or convocation? 

Diplomas will be mailed approximately 8-10 weeks after the end of the semester to the permanent address on file with the registrar's office. At convocation, you will receive a diploma cover with a letter from the dean.

Will my photo or video be taken during convocation? Is there a professional photographer or videographer? 

Professional photographers from Grad Images will take photos of graduates as they process onto stage and as they cross the stage and accept their diploma cover. These photos will be available for purchase after the ceremony. For more information, please visit their website. Professional videos will also be taken of the convocation ceremony by Great Video Productions. Graduates will be able to purchase copies of the video on their website.

Will flowers be available for purchase at the ceremony? 

Flowers and floral leis will be available for purchase both before and after the ceremonies from Commencement Flowers.

What if I need special accommodations? 

If you (the graduate, not one of your guests) need special accommodations or have a disability, please indicate what your needs are on the RSVP form and contact clasconvocation@asu.edu so that someone can assist you further.   

If one of your guests will need special accommodations, please make sure that they arrive early to ensure a seat in a section of the arena reserved for guests with disabilities. Doors to Wells Fargo Arena will open one hour prior to the start of the ceremony for guests. Seating in these areas is limited and is filled on a first come, first served basis.

Where should I park? 

Free parking during the ceremony is available in Stadium Parking, Packard Drive South and Lot 59. Lot 58 (east of Wells Fargo Arena) is reserved for disabled parking. Reservations are not necessary. For more information, see this Tempe campus parking map.

How can I stay connected to ASU and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences after graduation? 

There are many ways to stay connected to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:

To join the ASU Alumni Association, visit their website.

How can I order graduation invitations or announcements for my family and friends?

The Herff Jones website offers custom graduation invitations and announcements for purchase.

I still have questions about all of this, what do I do?