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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.

As you transition from student to alum, we urge you take advantage of the continued support and guidance available from your alma mater – we’re here to help you succeed in all your ventures.

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Graduation – Fall 2017

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
9:00 a.m.
Wells Fargo Arena

The following schools and departments will be represented during CLAS Convocation:

  • 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

  • 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 October 1, 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 October 1, 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 indicate how many guests you will have by December 4, 2017. To RSVP, go to My ASU and click the "RSVP Ceremonies" tab.  

    Note: The link to RSVP will go live in late 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.

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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 11, 2017 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 11, 2017 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). 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 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 Fall Convocation ceremony. Guest tickets are free and each graduate can request up to 10 tickets for their guests. Ticket information will be available once registration for CLAS Convocation opens in October. 

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, 2017You must file for graduation online or in the Graduation Office (SSV building, 1st floor) by October 1st in order for your name to appear in the commencement program and to be able to RSVP for fall 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, West, Polytechnic, Downtown Phoenix and Online campuses, in addition to having the appropriate grade point average. 

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? 

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. 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?