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Congratulations on taking your next steps toward graduation from ASU!
Graduation is the action of completing your degree requirements. Commencement and Convocation are ceremonies to celebrate the accomplishment of graduation.
By now, you should have registered for your final semester.
To apply for graduation, complete the graduation process by the appropriate deadline.
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Commencement is the University-wide ceremony for all graduating students and ASU holds commencement ceremonies in May and December.
Monday, May 7, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Wells Fargo Arena
Monday, May 7, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Chase Field (Downtown Phoenix)
Commencement is the official ceremony for the university where your degree is conferred. All Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts graduates are encouraged to attend the ASU Commencement Ceremony.
University Commencement Info
Caps and gowns must be worn and are available at the Sun Devil Campus Store or visit Herff Jones. The ASU Grad Fair will take place on March 20-22, 2018, at the Sun Devil Bookstore and will provide a chance for students to order their caps and gowns at a discounted price. All graduates are required to wear the proper regalia in order to participate in the ceremony as detailed in the ASU graduation website.
Convocations are graduation ceremonies held by ASU's institutes, colleges and schools to recognize graduates. The Herberger Institute holds convocation ceremonies in May and December during the same week as the university commencement ceremonies.
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts Convocation
Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 9:00 a.m..
Wells Fargo Arena
To participate in convocation, graduates are required to RSVP! After you have applied for graduation, look for the "Graduation" tab on your My ASU page for a link to RSVP for the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts Convocation.
Spring convocation for the Herberger Institute is NOT a ticketed event.
Caps, Gowns and Regalia
Caps, Gowns and Regalia are all available to purchase through the Sun Devil Campus Store up until graduation or online until April 9, 2018. The ASU Grad Fair will take place on March 20-22, 2018, at the Sun Devil Bookstore and will provide the only chance for students to order their caps and gowns at a discounted price. All graduates are required to wear the proper regalia in order to participate in the ceremony as detailed in the ASU graduation website.
Master’s candidates are hooded at the Herberger Convocation ceremony. You must indicate your faculty hooder when you completed your RSVP. We have confirmed with all faculty members and will contact you if we learn that a faculty member cannot attend the ceremony (in which case, you will need to find another hooder). When the hooding ritual is announced, you hand your hood to your committee chairperson, who places the hood over your head. You then walk across the stage where your name is announced and you are congratulated.
Doctoral recipients are also recognized at the Herberger Institute Convocation ceremony where their name is announced when they walk across the stage to be congratulated. Doctoral candidates should wear proper academic regalia, including hoods, to both ceremonies.
Parking and Transit
Parking and Transit Services offers complimentary parking for graduation attendees. Convocation parking is available at Lot 57, Lot 59 and Packard South Drive Structure. Regular fees will be collected at meters and visitor lots. Accessible parking is available in Lots 58 & 59. Graduates and guests that require closer access may be dropped off on the west side of Wells Fargo Arena. Click here for campus parking locations.
Clear Bag Policy
The university has instituted a “Clear Bag Policy” for all ceremonies at Wells Fargo Arena and Gammage Auditorium. Please familiarize yourself with this policy as there will be no admission for those that do not follow this policy. Guidelines can be found at http://www.thesundevils.com/news/2016/7/26/tickets-clear-bag-policy.aspx.
Sign Language Interpreter
A sign language interpreter signs at the event. Closed Captioning will also be available.
Grad Images Photography Information
Grad Images Photography is the official photographer of ASU commencement events. There is a pre-registration system, which allows you to provide your email and mailing address information before the ceremony. You can also add information for up to six family members.
Personalized graduation announcements may be purchased online through Herff Jones.
Leis and bouquets will be sold at convocation. Students and guests are encouraged to pre-order for pick up before the ceremony so they can wear their leis on stage and in pictures.
For detailed information on traffic and construction, please visit the City of Tempe website.