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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
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.
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!
1) Apply for graduation
2) Select your ceremony
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
3) Purchase your cap and gown
4) Make it to campus OR watch the ceremony live online
5) Celebrate like it’s….your graduation day!
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.
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.
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.
Email Metin.Nazli@asu.edu for ASU Online.