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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.

University Commencement

On December 14, the university will host a virtual ceremony for the class of 2020 to celebrate their achievements. The ceremony will be aired on YouTube.

Herberger Institute Convocation

Colleges and schools will host virtual convocation ceremonies on December 14 for their graduates. All ceremonies will be aired on YouTube. The link for the Herberger Institute Fall 2020 Convocation will be shared at a future date.

Can I still purchase a cap and gown? 

Graduation Announcements

If graduates have questions or concerns on their announcements, please email help@southwestgrad.com and the Herff Jones representatives will respond directly.

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 program can be viewed at https://graduation.asu.edu/commencement_programs

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.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Still have questions? Please email HerbergerGraduation@exchange.asu.edu.

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.