ASU graduates wearing a cap and gown

Doctoral, Master's, & J.D. candidates

Commencement and Convocation

Post-Graduate

University Graduate Commencement will take place on Monday, May 6, 2024, in Desert Financial Arena at 9:00 am. Gates to the arena and graduate check-in will begin at 7:30 am. 

Only working staff, graduating students, and authorized guests are allowed in the graduate and staff entry points, or on the floor or field near graduate seating and the stage. This restriction applies to Gammage Auditorium, Desert Financial Arena, Mountain America Stadium, or other ceremony venues.

The Rite of Investiture (Hooding)

The Rite of Investiture, also known as "hooding", will take place at Graduate Commencement.

Doctoral Candidates are asked to identify a hooder when registering to participate in Graduate Commencement. At the appropriate time, hooders will be asked to perform the Rite of Investiture for doctoral candidates.

Master degree candidates will also be hooded during the ceremony. At the appropriate time, master degree candidates will perform the Rite of Investiture for one another. You may ask colleagues or those seated near you to perform the Rite of Investiture.

Both Doctoral and Master degree candidates are asked to carry their hoods until the Rite of Investiture is performed.

PhD and Professional Doctoral Graduates

PhD and other Professional doctoral graduates will be announced at University Graduate Commencement. 

Please arrive no later than 7:30 a.m. at the southeast concourse of Mountain America Stadium, located west of Desert Financial Arena. You will check in and receive your name card (you must receive a name card in order to process and have your name read as you cross the stage).

Doctoral candidates should arrange to meet their hooders at a specified location outside of the arena before entering to be seated together. It is the responsibility of the graduate and faculty hooder(s) to communicate with one another to define a meeting location outside of the arena. Please exchange cell phone numbers and determine the location with your hooder to make it easier to find one another.

Seats not filled by graduates by 8:45 am will be released to the general public. LATE-ARRIVING STUDENTS ARE NOT GUARANTEED A SEAT.

University Graduate Commencement is NOT a ticketed event. Tickets are NOT required for graduates or their guests. Please do not bring backpacks, bags, or purses with you, if you do you will be asked to return items to your vehicle.

Questions about face masks and vaccinations can be viewed at the Commencement FAQ page.
For a list of approved/prohibited items and frequently asked questions, please visit the Clear Bag Policy

PLEASE SHARE THE CLEAR BAG POLICY WITH YOUR GUESTS SO THEY ARE NOT TURNED AWAY AT THE DOOR TO RETURN ITEMS TO THEIR CAR.

Summer 2024 Doctoral Graduates: Doctoral candidates who completed degree requirements in August of 2024 are eligible to participate in May events. Candidates must apply for summer graduation and pay their fees in order to have the registration link appear on your My ASU page. Your name will appear with the listing of students who completed degree requirements in August 2024 in the December 2024 Commencement program.

Master Degree Candidates

Please arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. You will enter Desert Financial Arena through the West tunnel. 

Master degree candidates will be recognized as a group, by college, during Graduate Commencement. Your college will be presented by your dean to President Crow. Master degree candidates should not wear their hoods when they enter Desert Financial Arena via the West Tunnel. 

Seats not filled by graduates by 8:45 am will be released to the general public. LATE-ARRIVING STUDENTS ARE NOT GUARANTEED A SEAT.

University Graduate Commencement is NOT a ticketed event. Tickets are NOT required for graduates or their guests. Please do not bring backpacks, bags, or purses with you, if you do you will be asked to return items to your vehicle.

Questions about face masks and vaccinations can be viewed on the FAQ page.
For a list of approved/prohibited items and frequently asked questions, please visit the Clear Bag Policy

PLEASE SHARE THE CLEAR BAG POLICY WITH YOUR GUESTS SO THEY ARE NOT TURNED AWAY AT THE DOOR TO RETURN ITEMS TO THEIR CAR.

Summer 2024 Master Candidates: Master and Juris Doctor candidates who complete degree requirements in August of 2024 are eligible to participate in May events. Candidates must apply for summer graduation and pay their fees in order to have the registration link appear on your My ASU page in the Spring Semester. Your name will appear with the listing of students who completed degree requirements in August 2024 in the December 2024 Commencement program.

Academic Regalia

Academic regalia (caps and gowns) are required for all graduation events. 
How to wear your Doctorate Cap and Gown
How to wear your Master's Cap and Gown

For more information about regalia please view our Dressing for Graduation page.

Caps, Gowns and Graduation Products

Personalized graduation announcements and regalia may be purchased online through Herff Jones.