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Fall 2021 commencement is planned for Dec. 13. Dates for college convocation ceremonies have not been announced yet. The university will monitor health circumstances to decide at a later date if we can host in-person graduation ceremonies. More information will be available at this website and as it becomes available. 

Spring 2021 ceremonies

Spring 2021 ceremonies will be held virtually. All college and special interest ceremonies will premiere on Monday, May 3, at 9:00 am MST. Ceremonies are pre-recorded and can be viewed at anytime after they premiere. The University Commencement celebration will be part of each college virtual celebration. 

Herberger Institute Convocation

The Herberger Institute Convocation ceremony will be a pre-recorded virtual event. The ceremony website link will go live on Monday, May 3, at 9 a.m. MST and can be watched at any time after the premiere. The Herberger Institute community will join together virtually for a live watch party of the Herberger Institute Convocation May 3 at 9:30 a.m. (details below). 

Doctoral, master's and bachelor's degree candidates will be recognized during the ceremony. Degree candidate names will be announced by school and degree type. 

Ceremony Website:

Herberger Institute Convocation Watch Party

Watch Party Link

The Herberger Institute is hosting a viewing party of our ceremony with a live chat on Monday, May 3. The chat will go live at 9:15 a.m. and we will begin streaming the ceremony at 9:30 a.m. MST.  All graduates, their families, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate. The full ceremony run time is 1 hour 39 minutes. 

  • School of Art degree announcements begin at 29:44

  • School of Arts, Media and Engineering degree announcements begin at 44:36

  • School of Music, Dance and Theatre degree announcements begin at 49:00

  • The Design School degree announcements begin at 1:04:24

  • The Sidney Poitier New American Film School degree announcements begin at 1:24:55

  • Cross Institute/Interdiscilinary Studies degree announcements begin at 1:32:03

In-Person Graduation Celebrations

Herberger Institute will also host multiple in-person graduation celebrations, grouped by school, in the mornings and evenings of May 4 & 5, on the Tempe campus. These celebration events are not an official graduation ceremony and will be open to graduating students only. No family or non-graduating students are to be on campus for these events.

The celebrations will be livestreamed for family, friends, faculty and staff to watch. Due to Covid-19 protocols that are in place, graduate attendance are capped at 35 people per event. Minimal faculty and staff will be able to attend. Each 45 minute celebration will feature live music, a welcome message from leadership, the opportunity to walk the stage and receive a diploma case. GradImages will be present to take professional cap and gown photos. Registration is required to attend. The deadline to register was Friday, April 23, 11:45 pm. 

For live viewing go to at the time of each event. Recorded events can be viewed at in the "Videos" section after they end.

The In-Person Graduation Celebration Event schedule:
• School of Arts, Media and Engineering, Tuesday, May 4, 8:45-9:30 am
• The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, Tuesday, May 4, 10:45-11:30 am
• School of Music, Dance and Theatre, Tuesday, May 4, 5:45-6:30 pm, 6:45-7:30 pm, 7:45-8:30 pm
• The Design School, Wednesday, May 5, 7:45-8:30 am, 8:45-9:30 am, 9:45-10:30 am, 10:45-11:30 am, 11:45-12:30 pm
• School of Art, Wednesday, May 5, 5:45-6:30 pm, 6:45-7:30 pm


Parking will be free of charge in Lot 3 for the events on May 4 & 5. Please park in non-reserved spots. 

Cap and Gown 

Regalia is recommended but not required for the events. All four ASU Campus Bookstores have regalia available for purchase. Visit for more information.

Undergraduate Honors Cords

If you are an undergraduate student who is eligible for academic honors (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude or Summa Cum Laude), the university will mail them to you. For more information about honors cords please visit

Get Social

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


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.

Diploma Cover Request

Diploma covers will be handed out during the Herberger Institute Gradaution Celebrations on campus May 4 & 5, 2021. If you decide to participate only in the virtual ceremony, or no ceremony at all, fill out the request form and the cover will be shipped to you.

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

Step 4: Register to attend convocation

Herberger Convocation is a virtual ceremony for Spring 2021. All students that have applied for Spring or Summer graduation will be included. Graduates will submit a single registration for the college and special interest convocation events. If you would like to include your personal message along with a photo, you will need to complete the Virtual Graduation Registration the RSVP button on your MyASU. The deadline to register, submit a photo, personal message and video is Wednesday, April 21.