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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. Commencement is the University-wide ceremony for all graduating students. Convocations are graduation ceremonies held by ASU's institutes, colleges and schools to recognize graduates. Ceremonies are held in May and December.

Fall 2020 Ceremonies 

Commencement, college and school and special interest ceremonies will be shown on Monday, December 14 at 9:00 am MST. All ceremonies are pre-recorded and can be viewed at anytime after they premiere on December 14. 

Doctoral candidates will be announced on the University Commencement site. Master degree and bachelor degree candidates will be announced on the Herberger Insitutute Convocation ceremony site.

For all ceremony links visit

University Commencement  

Ceremony website link

The University Commencement ceremony is pre-recorded. The ceremony website link will go live on Monday, Dec.14, at 9:00 a.m. MST and can be watched at any time after the premiere. 

Herberger Institute Convocation  

Ceremony website link

The Herberger Institute Convocation ceremony is pre-recorded. The ceremony website link will go live on Monday, Dec.14, at 9:00 a.m. MST and can be watched at any time after the premiere. The ceremony videos will premiere at 9:30 am on Monday, Dec. 14 with the Herberger Institute Convocation Watch Party. 

Doctoral, master's and bachleor's degree candidates will be recognized during the convocation ceremony. Degree candidate names will be announced by school and degree type during the ceremony. The following time markers for the ceremony designate when degree recipient announcements for each school will begin. Total run time for the ceremony is 53 minutes.

  • School of Art degree announcements begin at 16:43
  • School of Arts, Media and Engineering degree announcements begin at 27:32
  • School of Music, Dance and Theatre degree announcements begin at 31:27
  • The Design School degree announcements begin at 38:48
  • The Sidney Poitier New American Film School degree announcements begin at 42:23
  • Cross Institute/Interdisciplinary Studies degree announcements begin at 46:36

Herberger Institute Convocation Watch Party

Live Chat Watch Party link

The Herberger Institute is hosting a viewing party of our convocation ceremony with a live chat on Monday, Dec.14, at 9:30 a.m. MST. The chat will go live at 9:15 a.m. and we will begin streaming the ceremony at 9:30 a.m. All graduates, their families, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate.

Get Social

Check out the Social Media Kit with great filters, Zoom backgrounds and more! Click HERE for downloadable files. Please share photos, thoughts, thank you’s and congratulations on Twitter. We will be sharing as many posts as we can on the Herberger Institute convocation page. Make sure to tag @ASUHIDA and use #ASUgrad and #HerbergerInstitute

Commencement Programs 

The digital ceremony program can be viewed at

Diploma Cover Requests

Diploma covers are traditionally handed out during the Herberger Institute Convocation ceremony. If you plan to attend either the Spring or Fall 2021 ceremonies, you will receive your diploma cover then. If you decide to participate only in the December 2020 virtual ceremony, or no ceremony at all, fill out the request form and the cover will be shipped to you.


Graduates do not receive diplomas at University Commencement or at college convocations. Diplomas will be mailed 10 to 12 weeks after the commencement ceremony to your permanent address on file at the university registrar's office. Change of diploma address must be submitted in one of the following two ways:

  1. Presented in writing on a change of address form.

  2. Changed online through My ASU.

Need more information? Visit the graduation section of the university registrar’s Web site for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Still have questions? Please email

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

Herberger Convocation is a virtual ceremony for Fall 2020. All students that have applied for Summer or Fall graduation will be included. Graduates will submit a single registration for both the university commencement and the college or school convocation event. If you would like to include your personal message along with a photo, you will need to complete the Virtual Graduation Registration. The deadline to submit a photo and personal message is Monday, November 30, 2020.