The information on this page has been provided by ASU Online for Online Graduates who are completing degree requirements.
Is graduation open to ASU Online students?
Yes! Graduation is open to all ASU students and their guests. You can participate in University Commencement (Graduate or Undergraduate, depending on your degree) and/or your College's Convocation (your college is the academic home for your degree and major). There are also some special interest convocation ceremonies that you can participate in, too. A full list of ceremonies can be found here.
Please be sure to read the box below to understand the differences between commencement and convocation.
How do I let you know I want to attend graduation?
Information on how to RSVP to attend ceremonies can be viewed here. You must RSVP to attend ceremonies. Click on the link for your college convocation event in order to get more information.
Do I have to attend a ceremony in order to graduate?
No. Participation in graduation ceremonies is a separate process from applying for graduation and having your degree conferred. Of course, we hope that you will come to campus and enjoy all of the celebrations ASU has to offer to mark this important achievement!
What is the process to apply for graduation?
1) Apply for graduation
- Applying to graduation is simple and is done through your my.asu.edu page.
- Payment for graduation can be completed online.
- It’s okay to apply after the deadline, but additional fees will apply and your name will not be posted in the electronic program.
2) Select your ceremony
- Please read the following information carefully to ensure you are signing up for the ceremony that best serves your needs. Here is the schedule for commencement and convocation ceremonies.
University-wide ceremony where degrees are conferred by the President of ASU
Unlimited number of guests permitted
Some convocation ceremonies require tickets
At University Undergraduate Commencement (Bachelor Degree Candidates) graduates are NOT individually recognized and you DO NOT walk across the stage. At University Graduate Commencement (Doctoral, and JD Candidates) doctoral graduates ARE individually recognized and walk across the stage. Master degree candidates will be hooded but will not be individually recognized and will not cross the stage.
Your name IS called and your walk across the stage
*Commencement and convocation may not occur on the same days
- Information for obtaining tickets for individual convocation ceremonies can be found by clicking on your college’s name.
3) Purchase your cap and gown
- Herff Jones is the ASU provider for your cap and gown.
- Online graduates have their own online Grad Fair! For more information please click here.
- For the best shipping rate order early. Rushed shipping is available, but closer to the ceremony in store pick-up is the only option.
- What’s available for graduation souvenirs? The souvenir tassel (with the graduation year) is a very popular add-on for graduates. There are also a number of items available through the ASU Bookstores.
4) Make it to campus OR watch the ceremony live online
- Campus Parking Map See below for Phoenix/Tempe information
- Commencement ceremonies and many of the convocations are livestreamed. Family and friends can follow along from home!
5) Celebrate like it’s… your graduation day!
What about honor cords?
ASU Online students who have earned honor cords will receive them via mail. They will be mailed automatically to eligible students based on the requirements listed below.
Academic recognition is granted to undergraduate candidates only. Students must complete 56 or more hours of in-resident work (credits earned through ASU, whether online or at any physical campus), in addition to having the appropriate grade point average (GPA). Your GPA will be verified and that will determine which cords you are given.
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
These students will be awarded honor cords to be worn during the commencement ceremony. Your diploma and transcripts will reflect the appropriate recognition based on all course work completed at ASU, including courses completed in your final semester.
I’ve never been to Phoenix. Break it down for me.
If you're looking for hotel and transportation information, the ASU Alumni Association has a travel portal with great information and discounts. Click here for more information.
What should I do while I’m in town?
Want the full ASU experience while visiting the Tempe campus? An official tour is a great way to be acquainted with ASU classics like Old Main as well as seeing the research that makes ASU the most innovative university in the county. Afterwards hang out in the Memorial Union or head over to the ASU Bookstore for all your Sun Devil gear and gifts. Other noteworthy places on campus include the ASU Art Museum, Gammage, and the Hayden Library.
There’s more to Arizona than just the Tempe campus. Check out all the fun things to do in Tempe and Phoenix.
I still have questions. Who do I contact?
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