Due to the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus and the public health recommendations that come with it, Arizona State University will be celebrating with its graduates in the 2020 Fall University Commencement and convocation events in virtual, online ceremonies. The format may be different, but our enthusiasm for celebration has never been more inspired and we encourage you to join us in honoring ASU graduate and undergraduate students on Monday, December 14. Planning is underway. For more details, please check back here for updates and additional information about online activities. Commencement FAQ page

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Will there be commencement ceremonies?
Yes. On December 14, the university will host a virtual commencement ceremony for the class of 2020 to celebrate their achievements. The ceremony will be aired on YouTube. The link for Commencement will be posted about a week before ceremonies premier. All ceremonies will premier on the same day but can be viewed at any time after they premier. 

Will there be convocation (college/school) ceremonies?
Yes. Colleges and schools will host virtual convocation ceremonies on December 14 for their graduates. All ceremonies will air on YouTube. The links for  convocation and special interest ceremonies will be posted about a week before ceremonies premier. All ceremonies will premier on the same day but can be viewed at any time after they premier. 

Will there be Special Interest Ceremonies this December? 
Yes - Special Interest events will be celebrated virtually this December. When you register to participate in other virtual events, you will have the opportunity to select the special interest ceremony in which you would like to participate. The links for  convocation and special interest ceremonies will be posted about a week before ceremonies premier. All ceremonies will premier on December 14 but can be viewed at any time after they premier. 

Where will my name, photo and personal statement be listed?
The link to complete your ceremony registration will be found on your My ASU Page. The registration will provide the opportunity to upload a photo and personal statement. Graduates completing doctoral degrees (PhD or professional doctoral degrees) will find their graduation announcement on the page for University Commencement (Link will be listed here before December 14.) 

Master degree and bachelor degree graduates will find their graduation announcement on the page for the college in which their degree(s) are housed. (Links will be listed here before December 14.)

Will in-person ceremonies be offered?
Yes. In addition to the virtual ceremonies, May and December 2020 graduates will have the opportunity to attend the Spring or Fall 2021 ceremonies. 

Does participating in virtual ceremonies mean I cannot attend in person ceremonies later?
You are welcome to do both.  Virtual ceremonies are a way to allow graduates to celebrate their achievements on schedule, until public health officials report that it is safe to gather in person. ASU also invites you to participate in person in either May or December 2021 commencement events.

If I don’t want to participate in any of the ceremonies, do I need to apply to graduate?
Yes. You must apply to graduate regardless of ceremony participation. For information on how to apply for graduation, visit https://students.asu.edu/registration/graduation-apply.

Do I need to register to participate in commencement?
Graduates will find the link to submit a registration for both the university commencement and the college or school convocation event on your My ASU page. If you would like to include your personal message along with a photo, you will need to complete the Virtual Graduation Registration. The deadline to submit a photo and personal message is Monday, November 30, 2020. 

Do I need to register to participate in convocation (school/college ceremonies)?
Graduates will find the link to submit a registration for both the university commencement and the college or school convocation event on your My ASU page. If you would like to include your personal message along with a photo, you will need to complete the Virtual Graduation Registration. The deadline to submit a photo and personal message is Monday, November 30, 2020. 

Are we allowed to visit campus to take graduation photographs?
The safety of our community is extremely important right now as COVID-19 continues to spread across the Phoenix metropolitan area and throughout Arizona. To help reduce the number of people becoming infected with COVID-19, ASU encourages everyone to follow current state guidance to practice physical distancing as much as possible. 

GradImages will be taking complimentary photos at each of ASU's campuses. For more information about photo dates, locations and links to register, please visit  https://graduation.asu.edu/ceremonies/memories 

Please visit https://graduation.asu.edu/get-social to view and download a number of images and backgrounds to help you celebrate your acheivement.   By using this alternate visual imagery, students can create mementos to commemorate this special occasion.

Do I need to participate in a ceremony to graduate?
No. If students choose not to take part in any ceremony and their university academic requirements are met, similar to prior years, students will receive their diplomas in the mail.

How will I receive my diploma?
If your university academic requirements are met, similar to prior years, students will receive their diplomas in the mail. Diplomas are mailed approximately six to eight weeks after the degree conferral date. Graduates will receive an email notification via their ASU email account when their diploma has been mailed. Diplomas are mailed to the student's diploma mailing address, which can be viewed and updated from My ASU. For more information, visit https://students.asu.edu/diploma.

I am not participating in commencement or any convocation ceremonies. How do I request my diploma case?
Graduates who do not plan to return for future graduation celebrations may request to have a diploma case mailed directly to them. You can request your diploma case by contacting your college.

CollegeDiploma case contact info
ThunderbirdMegan.Irish@thunderbird.asu.edu
Barrett, The Honors Collegebarrettevents@asu.edu
Edson College of Nursing & Health Innovationmaria.pedregon@asu.edu
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communicationcsevents@asu.edu
School of Sustainabilityhttps://forms.gle/zwFQ8YfyKZHDKjuq6
Herberger School for Design and the ArtsHerbergerGraduation@asu.edu
Watts College of Public Service & Community SolutionsBreanna.Carpenter@asu.edu
College of Health Solutionshttps://chs.asu.edu/convocation
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciencesncgraduation@asu.edu
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineeringhttps://forms.gle/pSs14LLPkWrhbnpj9
College of Global FuturesCindy.dick@asu.edu
The College of Liberal Arts and Scienceshttps://na.eventscloud.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=581298& 
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers Collegehttps://na.eventscloud.com/ereg/newreg.php?eventid=579927&
W.P. Carey School of Businesswpcarey.convocation@asu.edu
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Lawcarolyn.landry@asu.edu
College of Integrative Sciences and Artshttps://cisa.asu.edu/graduation

 

Can I still purchase a cap and gown? 

  • Yes! See https://graduation.asu.edu/graduates/dressing for infomation about graduation regalia.
  • Fall 2020 Grad Fair will take place online from  Friday, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. EST to Friday, Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. EST. Oneline orders will continue through November 16 and will be received prior to December 14 ceremonies.
  • To purchase regalia, visit the Herff Jones website

Graduation announcements.
If graduates have questions or concerns on their announcements, please email help@southwestgrad.com and the Herff Jones representatives will respond directly.

Are there Class of 2020 shirts available, and if so, how do I purchase one?
Yes. The ASU Class of 2020 shirt — which has the names of the entire December 2020 undergraduate or graduate class — is available for purchase at https://www.thecommencementgroup.com/arizonastate/.

How do I get my honor cords?

If you are an undergraduate student who is eligible for academic honors (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude or Summa Cum Laude), the university will mail them to your Diploma Address beginning in late October 2020.  We will send you an email before we mail them to you.  For more information about honors cords please visit https://students.asu.edu/graduation-ceremonies

Honor cords are for undergraduates who have earned at least 56 credit hours of resident credit at ASU. Your current GPA as verified at the time you request your honor cords will determine which cords you are given. For more information, visit https://students.asu.edu/graduation-ceremonies.

Why do we need to pay a graduation fee?
It's common for universities to have a fee associated with graduation. The graduation fee pays for items such as the diploma, diploma case and honor cords. The fee is paid at the time you apply for graduation.