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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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Fall 2018 Graduation

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
9:00 a.m.
Wells Fargo Arena

During the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences convocation ceremony, all graduating CLAS students are individually recognized as they walk across the stage and receive their diploma cover. Below is a list of the schools and departments in our college who will be participating in the fall 2018 convocation ceremony.

American Indian Studies School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies
Department of English School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Department of Physics School of International Letters and Cultures
Department of Psychology School of Life Sciences
Economics Program in CLAS School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
Hugh Downs School of Human Communication School of Molecular Sciences
Liberal Studies School of Politics and Global Studies
School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership School of Social Transformation
School of Earth and Space Exploration School of Transborder Studies
School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics

The ASU Bookstore hosts a Grad Fair for every graduation season where you can get great discounts on your purchases.

What do I need to do to prepare for graduation?

  1. Apply: Apply for graduation and pay your fees by October 1, 2018. 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 myASU and clicking the "Graduation" tab. Please note that a credit card is required. If you do not apply and pay your fee by October 1, there may be additional fees.

  2. RSVP: RSVP for the ceremonies you plan to attend. This is a separate step from filing your graduation application. 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 November 27, 2018. To RSVP, go to myASU and click the "RSVP Ceremonies" tab.

    Note: This link will go live in October 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.

    The ASU Bookstore hosts a Grad Fair for every graduation season where you can get great discounts on your purchases.

    Polytechnic campus:
    Polytechnic campus bookstore
    5999 S. Backus Mall
    Tuesday, October 16
    9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. 

    West campus: 
    West campus bookstore 
    4701 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ 85306
    Thursday, October 18
    9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    Tempe campus: 
    Tempe campus bookstore 
    525 E. Orange Street, Tempe, AZ 85287
    Tuesday, October 23 - Wednesday, October 24
    9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    Downtown Phoenix campus: 
    Downtown campus bookstore 
    111 E. Taylor St. #160, Phoenix, AZ 85281
    Thursday, October 25
    9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

    ASU Online Campus
    *Eligible full-time online students only
    Ordering begins Friday, October 26 at 7:00 a.m. (MST) and ends on Sunday, October 28 7:00 p.m. (MST)
    *Eligible full-time online students will receive an email regarding how to access the Online Grad Fair.

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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, December 10, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in Wells Fargo Arena.

If you are a graduate student receiving your master’s or doctoral degree, you can also choose to attend University Graduate Commencement on Monday, December 10, 2018 at 1:30 p.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). Graduate students do cross the stage during graduate commencement. 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 all students (bachelor’s, master’s and PhD candidates) 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 90 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 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 November 27 to reserve your guest tickets.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CLEAR BAG POLICY IS IN EFFECT FOR ALL CEREMONIES TAKING PLACE IN WELLS FARGO ARENA. For more information on what is allowed inside the arena, please click here:

How will I receive my guest tickets?

Once you've completed your RSVP, you will receive access to the ticketing website where you can download and email/print your guest tickets. ALL GUESTS MUST HAVE A TICKET to enter the arena including children one year and older. 

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 October 1, 2018. You must file for graduation online or in the Graduation Office (SSV building, 1st floor) by October 1, 2018 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. Please contact the registrar with any questions regarding honor cord eligibility.

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 arena 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.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CLEAR BAG POLICY IS IN EFFECT FOR ALL CEREMONIES TAKING PLACE IN WELLS FARGO ARENA. For more information on what is allowed inside the arena, please click here:

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? 

Leis and bouquets will be sold before and after the ceremony. Students and guests are encouraged to pre-order for pick-up before the ceremony so they can wear their leis on stage and in pictures. Visit the Graduation Day Flowers website to pre-order your 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 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. Security personnel at each entrance will be able to direct your guests to the appropriate seating area. 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 various lots and structures around campus. Reservations are not necessary. Please visit the Parking and Transit website for detailed information about parking during graduation ceremonies.

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?