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 2021 Spring 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, May 3. Planning is underway. For more details, please check back here for updates and additional information about online activities. Commencement FAQ page
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 will participate in University Commencement (Graduate or Undergraduate, depending on your degree) or with your college - the academic home for your degree and major. A full list of ceremonies can be found here.
How do I let you know I want to attend graduation?
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. The schedule for the commencement and convocation ceremonies can be found here.
University-wide ceremony where degrees are conferred by the President of ASU
College level ceremony
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, Master 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 a graduate. 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 live streamed. Family and friends can follow along from home!
5) Celebrate like it’s….your graduation day!
What about honor cords?
If you are eligible for honor cords, you can request that honor cords be mailed to you directly. Please direct your request to
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
Academic recognition is granted to undergraduate candidates only. Students must complete 56 or more hours of in-resident work at ASU's Tempe, West, Polytechnic, Downtown Phoenix and Online campuses, in addition to having the appropriate grade point average.
These students will be awarded honor cords to be worn during the commencement ceremony. Your current GPA as verified at the time you request your honor cords will determine which cords you are given. 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?
Email Metin.Nazli@asu.edu for ASU Online.