Clear Bag Policy
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Graduation, Commencement, Convocation

Graduation is the action of completing your degree requirements. Commencement and Convocation are ceremonies to celebrate the accomplishment of graduation.

Steps to apply for graduation

Step 1: Register for your final semester

Step 1: Register for your final semester

By now, you should have registered for your final semester.

Step 2: Check that you have completed all your degree requirements

Step 2: Check that you have completed all your degree requirements

  • Undergraduates: Run your DARS Report to confirm that all requirements are met. If you encounter any discrepancies, make an appointment with a Herberger Institute academic advisor immediately. Summer graduates are eligible to walk in the spring commencement and convocation if they have 11 or fewer hours left to graduate; contact an advisor for more information about walking early.

  • Graduates: As a graduate student in the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, there are certain steps you need to take that ensure a successful, on-time graduation. Please review details concerning the graduation process for ASU here: Graduation Deadlines and Procedures.

Step 3: Check your deadline

Step 3: Check your deadline

To apply for graduation, complete the graduation process by the appropriate deadline.

If you are completing your degree in:Your deadline is:
FallOctober 1
SpringFebruary 15
SummerJune 15

 

  • You can apply to graduate online or in-person. To apply online, logon to your My ASU account and click the "Graduation" tab in the My Programs and Advising box. Click the "Apply for Graduation" link and follow the instructions on the screen. The graduation fee will be charged to your account. To apply in-person, go to the Student Services Building (SSV) and pay for graduation at the cashier's office. Complete the questionnaire the cashier gives you and take it to the graduation office on the first floor of the Student Services Building (SSV).
  • You can apply for graduation the semester prior to or the semester of graduation, but be sure to apply before the deadline to avoid a late charge. The names of students who apply after the deadline will not appear in the ASU commencement program. Note the deadline dates listed on the university calendar. The graduation office will check your DARS report or program of study to make sure that you have completed the requirements for your degree. Undergraduates who will graduate in the summer are eligible to "walk" in spring commencement and convocation if they have 11 or fewer hours left to graduate, but they will not receive their diplomas until all degree requirements have been completed. Students who will "walk" in the spring convocation ceremony but finish their requirements in the summer must apply for a summer graduation and notify their advisor in the Office of Student Success that they plan to participate in the spring ceremony.
  • Order your cap, gown and invitations through the ASU Bookstore. More information.

Step 4: Register to attend convocation and commencement

Step 4: Register to attend convocation and commencement

Within 24 hours of applying to graduate, you will receive an RSVP link on your My ASU under the Graduation tab. You will RSVP for the Commencement ceremony and the Herberger Institute Convocation ceremony using this link. The Herberger Institute Convocation ceremony is NOT a ticketed event for guests. The RSVP link closes on April 25, 2018. It is critical that we receive RSVPs from ALL of our graduates. If you have already RSVPed but need to change something on your RSVP, you can do this using the same link on your My ASU. If you do not receive an RSVP link, contact the Herberger Institute Office of Student Success at (480) 965-4495.

University Commencement

Commencement is the University-wide ceremony for all graduating students and ASU holds commencement ceremonies in May and December.

Graduate Students
Monday, May 7, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Wells Fargo Arena

Undergraduate Students
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.

 

Herberger Institute Convocation

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.

Tickets
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
Convocation parking is available at no cost to students and guests. Regular fees will be collected at meters and visitor lots. Disabled parking and a drop-off site for elderly guests will be available. Click here for campus parking locations.

Parking - Tempe Campus Interactive Map
Tempe Street Closures and Restrictions Site

Clear Bag Policy
The university has instituted a “Clear Bag Policy” for all Graduation venues. 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.

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.  
Pre-register now.

Announcements 
Personalized graduation announcements may be purchased online through Herff Jones.

Flowers 
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.

  • Questions about graduation may be directed to the Graduation Office: 480-965-3256.
  • Questions about the University Commencement ceremonies may be directed to the Office of University Ceremonies: 480-965-3565 or by email.
  • Questions about the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts Convocation ceremony may be directed to the Office of Student Success: 480-965-4495.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)