At this time, we have made no decision to cancel graduation ceremonies. Please know that we will be continuously assessing the circumstances arising from the presence of the COVID-19 virus in the United States and will make a determination later based upon those circumstances. We will keep everyone informed as decisions are made.

Keep checking the ASU COVID-19 webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Clear Bag Policy
Ceremonies held in Gammage Auditorium and Desert Financial Arena (Formerly Wells Fargo Arena) have adopted the Clear Bag Policy

Honorary Degrees

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History of Honorary Degrees

Harvard was the first university to confer honorary degrees in 1692. Since then it has become a recognized function of degree granting institutions. Honorary degrees are an opportunity for universities to single out people who have made contributions to society. At ASU, honorary degree recipients are nominated by faculty members. The Academic Affairs Honorary Degrees Committee reviews faculty nominations for the honorary degree. It then recommends candidates to the president. The committee is appointed by and responsible to the president.

Past Degree Recipients

View past ASU honorary degree recipients.