University Commencement

Ceremonies - The significance of Commencement vs. Convocation

The Office of University Ceremonies at Arizona State University serves to present the formal dignity of academic traditions to faculty, staff, students and the community in which the university operates.

Graduates are welcomed and encouraged to attend all graduation ceremonies and celebrations.

Commencement

University Commencement represents the culmination of a student’s academic achievement. It is a time of celebration and reflection for students, families, friends, faculty and staff. It brings together a diverse community to share in the joy of accomplished goals.

Graduates from all of ASU's campuses are invited to participate in the commencement ceremony.

University commencement is the university-wide celebration at which degrees are conferred upon graduating students by the president of Arizona State University. 

Convocations

College and cultural convocations are a time for smaller groups to gather and celebrate students’ graduation. The smaller setting provides the opportunity for individual recognition. Convocation events are where your name is called and you will cross the stage to receive congratulations. For more information about a particular convocation, please contact the dean's office of the college, or contact the University Ceremonies Office for information about special interest convocations.

Graduates do not receive diplomas at University Commencement or at college convocations. Diplomas will be mailed 10 to 12 weeks after the commencement ceremony to your permanent address on file at the university registrar's office. Change of diploma address must be submitted in one of the following two ways:

  1. Presented in writing on a change of address form.
  2. Changed online through My ASU.

Need more information? Visit the graduation section of the university registrar’s Web site for more information.